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Cleaned & Polished Highway Patrolman

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Jonesy814, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Waveski

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    The m.60 I showed in #14 was bead blasted and laser etched. Apparently there is a fine abrasive in Flitz.
    I am sure that Flitz could damage bluing if caution was not judiciously adhered to. I used a cloth wheel on a dremel , rather aggressively. With a blued surface I use only a soft hand held cloth and gentle pressure.
     
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  2. bannockburn

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    That's exactly how I have used Flitz on all of my guns. Does a great job of removing built up oil and powder residue while leaving the blued finish totally intact.
     
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  3. kidneyboy

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    I usually don't like really shiny guns but that Colt Commander is outstanding.
     
  4. bannockburn

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    It was one of a limited run from Colt's Custom Gun Shop. Besides the bright nickel plating (which at the time was not offered on the Combat Commander), it had a Gold Cup trigger, MMC adjustable rear sight, and was as accurate as a Gold Cup that I had at the time.
     
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  5. Riomouse911

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    Same here, no buffing wheels for me either.
    Stay safe.
     
  6. 243winxb

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    Since the OPs post is about a M28, i looked at my S&W M28 instruction.

    Bought new June 1, 1972 in 6" for $118. The extra target grips were $13.65

    The muzzle, if using a holster, will be the first place bluing gets worn. 20190813_114423.jpg 20190813_120207.jpg
     
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  7. eastbank

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    my ruger s-101 early .22 came with a factory gloss finish, my two 28 HP,s. a early four inch S gun and a six inch N gun. I got both for 800.00 and they are in ex condition.
     

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    For as long as I can remember both Simichrome and Flitz are two of my favorite cleaner polishing compounds. When used properly on a blued gun either will give great results. Yes, they both have abrasives in them. This is why using either with a dremel tool and felt bob is not really a good idea. The key word when using either is gently as in gently rub nor scour or dremel till a smoke plume is rising. :)

    A friend of mine was recently working on his motorcycle in my garage when he found some minor pitting on some chrome. I handed him some Flitz and told him gently rub the pits out with a small dab on a cotton rag. You would have thought I gave him a tube of gold. The stuff even gives a nice finish to plastic like Plexiglas. Anyway, the idea is use it gently for a real nice finish on a blued gun. The abrasives are micron sized particles and not going to remove a blued finish as long as you don't go ballistic with the stuff.

    Ron
     
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  9. bannockburn

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    That's the key to using it: you don't need a whole lot and take it nice and easy when you apply it. It also does a great job of removing rust and tarnish and leaves behind a protective coating as well.
     
  10. Mowgli Terry

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    Here, there have been two experiences with Flitz. The first undertaking was a 1953 vintage 38 Combat Masterpiece. I had never seen this vintage K frame Smith with a matte finish. Asked on a S&W forum what to do. Flitz was suggested. The handgun cleaned up but still has a matte finish. I thought the gun was a reblued trade in from a police department when everybody went to 9mm. Possibly true except for the reblued part.

    The next gun was a 1965 nickle Model 29 Smith. This gun had been factory renickled several years after it was made. Used Flitz. Gun cleaned up nicely. Two positive experiences with Flitz.
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    I use Flitz on my stainless guns and other needs in the house but I stay away from my Blue guns.

    @OP, you can put twice the shine on your gun in Post #1 with more elbow grease. It seems you have up too soon, it's really nice but only half done. You will be amazed at what your gun will look like!

    There is another polish you can buy at Wal-Mart that is also very good. It's Mother's Mag used in chrome wheels and the like. It is also a good product.
     
  12. Ratshooter

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    I have an unfired 4" HP revolver and would never consider a cleaner like this on the matt blued finish on the gun. Is my thinking wrong here or does the OP actually have a model 27 with the smooth blued finish instead of a model 28?
     
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    My Model 28 is a 28-2 having the pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. Even with the matt blue finish I use Flitz on the gun to maintain a nice luster matt blue finish.

    Ron
     
  14. JohnKSa

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    Flitz is absolutely an abrasive.

    They can legally claim that it is non-abrasive because it is a very fine abrasive.

    Here's a link that contains a copy of an email from Flitz customer service.
    https://www.shootersforum.com/gun-cleaning/296-flitz-abrasive-not.html

    Here's the letter:

    Sir,

    I'm sorry to keep you waiting for the answer to your question. ;I had to wait for our president, Ulrich OlieJentzsch, to return from two trade shows for his official statement.

    The gentleman that stated if it is a polish, it has to be abrasive is right in a very literal sense. However, you are also right about the Flitz, because our polish falls 12% below the government standard for abrasiveness. In other words, the polishing granules are so fine that Flitz can be considered non-abrasive. We can safely claim that because, as you can feel just by putting it between your fingers, it is very smooth. Flitz can be used on even the softest precious metals without scratching. (Of course, a person would have to consider the applicator cloth and make sure they are using a clean, high-quality, soft cloth to apply the polish and for buffing.)

    I hope that this helps you. You are welcome to address any other questions or problems to us directly at
    [email protected] (for Customer Service) or [email protected](for the president). Thank you again for your question and for using the Flitz. We always stand behind it and it's nice to have customers like yourself.

    Kris
    Flitz Customer Service

    In other words, it won't leave visible scratches because it is a very fine abrasive, but it is an abrasive and it is removing some of the finish every time you use it. The exception would be when it is used on something harder than aluminum oxide. Unfortunately about the only thing harder than aluminum oxide (sapphire) is diamond.

    For whatever it's worth, I am a big fan of Flitz. I use it for a variety of applications (including as an abrasive for stropping knives) and have recommended it to others. But I would never use it on any of my blued guns. It is a very fine abrasive, but it's definitely removing some finish and I'd rather let finish wear off from normal use than buff it off myself--even if I'm only buffing off a very thin layer every time I do it.
     
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  15. Mowgli Terry

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    We may be talking apples and oranges. My Combat Masterpiece from 1953 and the 28-2 from 66-67 do not have a high polish blue. The metal in these gun is not buffed to the degree of the high polish. The later guns have the appearance of being bead blasted or similar. The older handguns do respond to Flitz very well. I'm resistant to doing any thing to harm my guns. Flitz does well and a little bit goes a long way.
     
  16. Jonesy814

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    It's definitely a Highway Patrolman (pre-28), says so right on the barrel. Also, no topstrap checkering. The Flitz was pretty much a one time deal on this blues gun, but I have plenty of stainless steel revolvers to use it on
     
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  17. Rodentman

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    I have a Service Six SS from 1976 and polished it, looks great. I am quite reluctant to use any polish on a blued gun. I like the finish on my 28-2 and feel there is no stuff that needs removing.
     
  18. Catman42

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    a lot of nice eye candy to look at. i have a old smith model 17 .22 that has more than 90 percent of the bluing on it yet. what a gun and very very accurate.
     
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