S&W 15-3 after Flitz magic


January 23, 2011, 12:32 PM
I did a trade earlier this month on a very sad looking S&W 15-3. On a lark, I applied some Flitz polish to it and what a difference. I wish I had taken a before picture. The instructions on the back of the bottle say you can use it on "factory gun bluing." The pdf is more detailed.


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January 23, 2011, 12:34 PM
Go easy and don't rub too hard. You can polish the blue right off the gun if you get too aggressive with Flitz on a blued gun.

January 23, 2011, 03:32 PM

I don't know about that statement, as I've been using Flitz in just that way for many years and no blueing has come off yet. And you don't have to "rub" very hard; just apply and wipe off once it starts to dry. After that polish with a clean dry cloth and it looks as good as new; and it stays looking that way for quite some time afterwards.

Like Jimfern, I took Flitz to a rifle that I had sent out to be reblued. I had asked for a semi-gloss finish; what I got back looked like extra flat black enamel. Since I figured to have the gun reblued again, I thought I would try a little experiment by seeing what Flitz would do to a blued surface. At this point, I had nothing to lose so I tried it and after one application, it appeared as if the Flitz had actually polished the blueing. The end result was exactly the sort of blued finish I was hoping to have in the first place. It did not remove any blueing and did not cause any harm to the surface finish anywhere on the gun.

I have since used Flitz on a number of blued and nickel guns over the years, and there has been absolutely no evidence of any harm or damage to the any of the surface finishes.

January 23, 2011, 03:43 PM
Nice job, I especially like the looks of the barrel.

January 23, 2011, 03:49 PM
You cleaned that thing up real good.

January 23, 2011, 08:04 PM
Very interesting, Bannockburn. I have used flitz on stainless, but it would have never occurred to me to dare to use it on either blue or nickel. That's a useful bit of information.

January 23, 2011, 08:22 PM
Flitz is an abrasive. If it "polishes", it is an abrasive. Albeit a mild one, it will eventually take the finish off. You can't "polish" bluing. The polishing takes place before bluing, to polish the underlying metal is to remove the bluing. Not rocket science.

January 23, 2011, 08:23 PM
Here's mine. Before and after. I actually thought mine was Parkarized when I bought it.






A little Flitz, a little elbow grease...I think it did just fine.

January 24, 2011, 06:37 PM

I said it APPEARED that the Flitz polished the blueing, not that it did that to the metal itself. And yes, I am aware how the metal surface is polished first before being blued. In the case of my rifle, the refinishers gave a matte finish to the metal, so I have to figure the Flitz had some sort of "polishing" effect to the blued finish.

I did all this many years ago and the rifle still looks great and there has been no removal of blueing anywhere that was treated with Flitz. Same with all the other guns I've treated this way over the years. And yes, you're quite right; not really rocket science at all.

January 24, 2011, 10:39 PM
I've heard that Renaissance Wax is even better than Flitz on blued guns?

January 24, 2011, 10:49 PM
yep, it works



January 24, 2011, 11:36 PM

Yes the Ren wax is good also, but this is after any and all polishing is complete! It just puts a film of wax between any fingerprints are put on it, then wiped off again, but as far as the wax doing the polishing, no it won't.

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