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Old 02-11-2016, 12:26 AM   #31
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I'm wondering if a matte finish could be repaired with an abrasive airbrush.
I think I would get a piece of stainless steel and practice before launching into the finish on your slide. I think your are correct though, there is no sanding method I'm familiar with that will duplicate a matt, particle blasted finish. Ask the people where you purchase your blasting media what they think might duplicate the look. M1911
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:04 AM   #32
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I actually spent the past couple of days working on my S&W PPK/S-1 and I figured that I'd share my results...
  • Emery boards work fine for flat surfaces, but are absolutely terrible and cause much more harm than good on any rounded surface such as the backstrap.
  • For the best all around results, use a 3M Scotchbright Ultra-Fine (Gray) Pad.
  • For light surface scratches, simply place the 3M Pad on the affected area and run it back and forth with the grain of the metal without applying any pressure.
  • For heavy scratches, apply pressure, but not so much that you're pressing/grinding it into the surface.
  • Every 15-20 strokes/passes, use a paper towel or cotton cloth to wipe away any debris in order to maintain visibility of the surface and prevent further scratches from forming.
  • Be methodical and check your work surface periodically to make sure you aren't overdoing it. (Some scratches come out much easier than expected.)
  • The end result of your work will most likely resemble what is commonly referred to as a "brushed" finish, but if you polish it afterwards with a light coating of lube and a microfiber cloth, you can get something a bit more glossy akin to a "satin" finish as well.
  • Surprisingly, the laser etching on S&W manufactured PPKs holds up remarkably well. Initially I feared that it would come right off, but appears to be completely unaffected by my work.

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