Tips on using Flitz metal polish?


October 13, 2006, 05:56 PM

I hear about this stuff all the time on THR, and it's allegedly a wondrous substance that can do everything short of cure smallpox.

So I picked up a tube to try out. Followed the directions, rubbed some in with a soft cotton rag, then followed up with a clean one.

Results: my blued Highway Patrolman does look a lot smoother now, and where there used to be a little freckling, the color is just slightly lighter instead.

Nickel results: tried it on a nickel S&W (directions say it's safe): got some black gunk onto the cloth, but the nickel doesn't seem much different.

To see real hardcore results, do I need to do really brisk polishing with a clean, soft cotton cloth? Is it almost like polishing boots? I tried a stroke similar to polishing boot toe caps on the barrel of my S&W 27, and it seemed to give it a nicer glow more than just rubbing it with the cloth.

Overall, this product is looking promising. I'm gonna go try it on some grungy guns now and see if it's a marked difference. Is this also good to use on patinaed or crusty metal, or should I still use brass wool and oil on those instead? I understand that this product is NOT an abrasive, so I have no idea how it works. I'm assuming magical pixies inside the cream; I'm not really a Chem guy...

If anyone has any tips for getting max results from Flitz, without damaging the finish, please let know.

Take care,


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October 13, 2006, 06:06 PM
I have used Flitz, Semi Chrome, and Mothers Mag, and Aluminum Polish. I like Mothers the best. More of a cream, less abrasive.
Put it on a clean cloth and rub a dime, to quarter size spot. The rag will ALWAYS look black. Don't let it dry on the metal. Buff lightly with a clean rag.

October 13, 2006, 08:18 PM
Be careful using that stuff. It is an abrasive and "polishes" by removing finish. You remove too much finish and you have bare metal underneath.

October 13, 2006, 08:59 PM
I use Flitz, Blue Magic, and Mothers. The all seem pretty
good. I use a small polishing pad on a Dremel on med
speeds for some polishing. Holy cow, sometimes the
part comes out so well it's a deep deep blue and kinda
hurts the eyes to look at it. In the Sun the polished
part really wakes up. I finish off with a silicone polish
cloth. Things come out sweet.

The post above is very correct too. You have to use
care when polishing. Red or Wham's green
jewelers rouge will make things absolutely
agleam. Brownells carries rouge, but I feel
Widget Supply has some of the finest.

October 13, 2006, 11:45 PM
Maas is pretty good too.

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