March 8, 2013, 09:33 PM
Well, I think it's laser engraving... I've got a S&W 626 stainless that I would like to polish up with flitz like I did with my Mark II. But I'm worried that the flitz will take off the S&W logo and the "629 Classic."
Can anyone speak from experience on this?
March 8, 2013, 09:54 PM
I would never polish a S&W Factory finish if you want it to retain any collector value.
Flitz in itself will not remove enough metal to remove laser engraved serial numbers & markings.
But if you wanted a pimp gun to begin with?
Well you see where my my thoughts on this is going.
March 8, 2013, 11:04 PM
This gun has served me well over the years and it has lots of wear to it - so I'm just looking to bring it back towards what it might have looked like out of the factory.
Sun Tzu warrior
March 9, 2013, 12:26 AM
Anmut, every mark on it is a memory from times when the MIGHTY 629 has served you well over the years. I bet you can remember every time you rolled the hammer back, and it's shot counted. That gives you both charachter!
If you are trying to preserve a decrepit revolver that's one thing, but there is a reason that collectors really frown on a firearm with an altered finish. Because you have removed it's history. In your case it is a personal history, which in my mind would be a shame to do.
Take RC's advice on this one, as per usual he is spot on!
March 9, 2013, 10:04 AM
It should not hurt the laser engraving. Go ahead and polish it. Make it what YOU want, not what somebody else wants. It's your gun.
March 9, 2013, 12:23 PM
Thanks N. Schafer - that's what I was wondering. I don't sell my guns so I don't care about resale or having a safe queen that is worth 100,000 dollars. Sometimes I think people get stuck in the "pawn stars" train of thought in that everything must be kept at it's highest value of worth all the time.
March 10, 2013, 05:09 AM
I like to leave them be, but sometimes I get a firearm that I want to be purty again. Then I do whatever I want. I know that the moment I touch it, it's value will be affected, for better or for worse. Since I am no longer in the gun selling business, I don't worry about value anymore, I just worry about functionality. It has to function well first. Looks are second.