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Flitz Polish and Laser Engraving...

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

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  1. Anmut

    Anmut Member

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    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

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    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.

    Sorry!

    rc
     
  3. Anmut

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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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