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Flitz Polish and Laser Engraving...

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Anmut, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Anmut

    Anmut Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.


  3. Anmut

    Anmut Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. Sun Tzu warrior

    Sun Tzu warrior Well-Known Member

    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!
  5. N.Schafer

    N.Schafer Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Anmut

    Anmut Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Chris-bob

    Chris-bob Well-Known Member

    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.

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