Polishing Pins, Slide Stop and Slide Lock

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Simplejack, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Simplejack

    Simplejack New Member

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    I was going to buy some Chrome or Stainless steel parts, but If I can just polish the stock parts, that might be even better.
    But, If I polish the black coating off my parts, will they eventually rust or tarnish? Sometimes the acid or oils from your fingers will tarnish metal and cause slight rusting or pitting, so I don't want that to happen to my Glock parts since I'm not really sure if the type of metal that is used will do that or not?? :confused:

    I'm thinking long term durability.
     
  2. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    IMO then leave it as is.
     

  3. Simplejack

    Simplejack New Member

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    Well, I'm looking for answers to the question above..
     
  4. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    You were thinking of purchasing chrome or SS parts and then asked if it is OK to remove the coating on the orginal parts to make them appear as the formentioned parts.

    IMO you don't understand how why or how the coating work therefore I gave you my opinion. You need to understand what materials you are working with and how they behave in the different enviroments you plan to subject them.

    Then there is the polish statement. Polish with what or with what substance? How will the material react to the polish or the possible heat created?

    Yes GLOCK did coat the items you named and for a reason.

    Nobody here can honestly reply because thay don't know the enviorment you plan to subject the materail to and for how long. We don't know the substances or methods you'll use to create the finish you desire.

    So if you must have a shiny pistol I whould say, buy the chrome plated parts or the parts made of SS. Hopefully, their tolerances will be manufactured somewhere close to the orginal components.
     
  5. dwcfastrice

    dwcfastrice Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting Member

    Ditto to what G-23 says.

    If you go the "polishing" route, and you're ok with wiping the gun down after you use it or touch it, then you should be OK. A q-tip dab of something like CLP will keep the tarnish at bay. Any time you remove the coating from a metal, you risk pitting or tarnishing.

    You can always go with the "Chrome pin kits" but they're not uber shiny. I just put some in 2 of my g23's last night.

    If you want to do it for the "practice". i'd say Go for it. Just be prepared to take a few more "preventative" steps after it's done. They're cheap parts to replace.

    HTH
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  6. Simplejack

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    dwcfastrice Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting Member

  8. Simplejack

    Simplejack New Member

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    I only polished the exposed areas of the parts I polished, and Only the tips and the beveled edge of the pins.
     
  9. davbek

    davbek New Member

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    polishing

    took a auto style buffing wheel turned it upside down, added a little metal polish on slow speed, I polished the barrel, pins, slide release, and slide lock. about and hour later, beautiful very shiny stainless steel. not pure glock now but cool.
     
  10. iShoot

    iShoot New Member

    Just curious, did you need to use any blue remover for the barrel prior to polishing? What kind of metal polish did you use? I think the end of the barrel polished with a SS recoil spring looks really good IMO. I'm on the fence thinking about doing this to my G27, but I kind of like the all black also.
     
  11. davbek

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    polishing

    used a lambs wool buffing wheel cover and mothers metal polish
     
  12. You can replace the plastic Trigger Housing pin with a M3x23mm stainless pin from the hardware store. I'm sure Lowes, Home Depot, Ace or for sure Fastenal will have one. Even if you have to get one that's a bit longer and cut it to size at least you'll have stainless and not plastic. Soon as I can get to Lowes I plan on picking up a new Stainless Trigger Housing pin. Then I'll just polish the ends of the other two stock pins so it'll match but I'm going to leave the finish on the part that'll be hidden when they're installed so they won't rust up.