Whiting on the slide

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by Glockman60, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Glockman60

    Glockman60 New Member

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    Can someone explain the best way to whiten the lettering on my glock 19 slide to have the best finish? An is polishing the barrel a good idea?
     

  2. BLCKWLF

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Polishing a Glock barrel is purely a cosmetic enhancement. This can be done in several methods but the safest way is to rub it with mothers polish and a rag for about 6 hours.

    https://www.glockforum.com/forum/f8/barrel-polishing-5906/
     
  3. Glockman60

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  4. laober

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    I've heard of using crayon to do the lettering, or nail polish and remove the excess. Never tried.
    As for polishing the barrel, I have done that. soaked it in vinegar for 8 hours, then went to work with automotive sand paper. The vinegar loosens the paint. For the final step I put remoil on the barrel and hit it more with the sand paper. There are some YouTube videos showing the same process. Good luck. I only did it because it was an abused glock and it needed some sprucing up on a low budget.
     
  5. Glockman60

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    Ok cool ya idk if I wanted to do it just yet just seeking some options. Thanks a lot
     
  6. GAgal

    GAgal Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Forum Glockman60! I hope you enjoy yourself here.
     
  7. Doooood! Dont you dare let Nukinfuts hear that you did that to your poor barrel! He would have your head! The best way to polish your barrel is to just go at it with Mother's Mag Polish and a rag man, you dont want to use anything that is corrosive, let alone vinegar and sandpaper
     
  8. Here is a pic of how my letters turned out using just Nail polish and a NON ACETONE nail polish remover to wipe away the excess, and a pic of my barrel after many hours on it with Mother's Mag Polish
     

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  9. laober

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    I had no issues from the process, but like I said, I was a beater glock to start.
     
  10. G17XJ_BS

    G17XJ_BS New Member

    Bryan, Nukin got banned!!! Won't b hearing from him.
     
  11. WHAAAAAA!?!?!? Why? What Happened? Didnt hear about that......
     
  12. Glockmaster

    Glockmaster New Member

    I used vinegar soaked mine for 8-9 hours & mine came out good. It's been 6 months & 700+ rounds & no issues or signs of rust or pitting.

    I didn't use any sandpaper just soaked it wiped off the black finish than used Flitz polishing than buffed it with a drim.

    Good enough for me! ;)
     
  13. jakedrennan45

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    8-9 hours didn't etch the metal? That seems like such a long time. I only put my barrels and slides in vinegar for 90 minutes then used a scotch brite pad to get most of the black coating off then used mothers and a rag. I only soaked my first barrel for 3 hours and the side of the square end got a tiny bit etched and was very hard to polish out. I went down to 90 minutes which gave about the same results but didnt hurt the metal.
     
  14. Glockman60

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    Ok cool ya using a scratch pad was really iffy to me. Thanks for the advice
     
  15. laober

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    The paper I used was a very fine grit of wet dry auto detailing paper, I'll post a pic tonight of the barrel. There was no visible pitting or damage.
     
  16. dwcfastrice

    dwcfastrice Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting Member

    +1 for Laober

    Despite what a lot of people on here will tell you, IMHO, the Mother's method is NOT the end all to be all method. It is highly recommended.

    You CAN use sandpaper, but you have to be EXTREMELY careful about what grits and what pressure you use with that sandpaper. A lot of folks don't let the sandpaper do the work and exert too much pressure. Unfortunately, knowing the "right" pressure only comes with time and practice.

    YMMV and keep in mind, the "only using Mother's" or "only using Flitz" method, while it doesn't go against the "principles of metal polishing", it does make things less efficient (although safer to do if you don't have experience) and take longer. However, the big plus to the Mother's method is that you will run less of a risk of putting deep "gauges" or scratches into the surface you're working on.

    If you're not experienced with working with sandpaper and metal, I would stick with the "Mother's method". Don't rush it, it takes time.

    As for the painted letters, feel free to experiment with your colors and add to the aforementioned thread. Always great to see the creativity in this group.

    HTH
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  17. lefteye

    lefteye Premium Member

    I started by doing the whitening, using nail polish on my magazines yesterday and they came out looking awesome.
     
  18. dutchs

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    Maybe you could post somr pictures?
     
  19. Glockman60

    Glockman60 New Member

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    Thank you all for your help on the whiting of the letters on the slide an polish barrel I really appreciate it an very glad I have this forum. Thanks again