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Flitz on Ruger 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by WoodchuckAssassin, Aug 7, 2012.

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  1. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Member

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    I was thinking about dollin’ up my Ruger 1911 with some Flitz Polish, but I’m a little concerned that it will remove the Ruger symbol/”Made in USA” markings on the slide, as well as the serial number on the frame. I know that Flitz doesn’t actually remove any material from a surface, so I was hoping that the only thing that would change is the shine of the metal. Thoughts?
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Gofer it.

    Laser etched serial numbers & manufactures markings will not be removed that easily or the ATF would be landing a black helicopter in the Ruger parking lot by now.

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    If Flitz doesn't remove metal that's news to me. I've only seen one Ruger and I can't recall much about it as it was under glass and for display purposes only. I do know S&W's laser engraving can be wiped out in no time which is why the S/N is much deeper.
     
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    I use car wax (Turtle Wax) on my guns and have for years since my black powder days.
    Shiny finish, no rust, and no metal removal. At least try it.
     
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    By its very definition ALL polishing removes material. It might not be MUCH material, but its always something.
     
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    I've used Flitz on blue'd pistols and shotguns as well as Electroless Nickel and I believe you would have to use a LOT of Flitz to remove any of the markings that count...a lot...

    Bill
     
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    Flitz, like any polish that has ANY abrasives in the mix -- and it does -- will remove metal. Flitz is relatively mild, and it's not aggressive at all; it may remove some metal, but not very much, and you'd have to work hard to get rid of those markings. Flitz does some of it's "cleaning" through chemical action, and its often recommended by gunmakers for nickel or hard-chrome finishes, because it is relatively mild.

    Be careful, and you'll probably not have a problem. But if removing the roll mark is a real concern, don't polish... (Many guns look better without those markings, particularly when they're laser-based or painted on.)
     
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    I've seen the black helicopters. And I was in Arizona at the time...:uhoh:
     
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    Pimp it, mother mag polish work well to.
     
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    Is mothers mag more aggressive than Flitz?
     
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    Turtle Wax (as with most car waxes) contains extremely fine abrasives, same as Flitz. They will both remove a negligible amount of material from most metals, particularly surface layers of metal oxides.

    If the polishing cloth turns black, it's removing some metal.
     
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