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Old 04-19-2019, 05:46 PM   #1
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Stainless Raptor and Flitz

Just bought a new Stainless Raptor and have a slight "idiot" scratch on the frame putting the slide stop back in.

Was thinking of using Flitz to try to soften the mark.
Does anyone have any recommendations on another polish to use?

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Old 04-19-2019, 06:36 PM   #3
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Lol, .. or Mothers Chrome polish....



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That slide looks like it's brushed stainless if you polish it you're going to have a big glossy spot.
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:01 PM   #6
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The finish is a bunch of tiny scratches going fore and aft, and they are PERFECTLY parallel. If you just use random directions while polishing, and you take off enough material to diminish the scratches, then you're definitely going to adversely affect the brushed finish on the stainless.

If I was saddled with such a task, I'd take all the parts in the vicinity off of the gun. Then wrap emery cloth of an appropriate grit (you'll have to figure this out on your own, maybe 400 or so), wrap it around a chopstick, and then use your fancy new tool to carefully apply new scratches to the frame. Do what you can to keep it all parallel. It won't be perfect, but it will be less noticeable than it is right now.

You can practice before going to work on the gun. This way you'll be able to find the exact grit that matches the existing finish. You'll also be able to perfect your parallelism. Use any piece of stainless you can find to practice.
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Stainless Raptor and Flitz

If it is really a fine polished brush pattern, Iíd use a very small piece of Gray Ultra fine Scotch pad. That is what I use on my brushed stainless. Ever so small movements in the same direction of the finish only on the scratched area. Very small movements. Of course you can prob find smaller amounts at your local autoshop.

20Pk Pad Scotch Brite Gray Ultra Fine 20Pk https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CQ6I7G..._6MNUCbHHF1MCG



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Old 04-19-2019, 08:37 PM   #8
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Appreciate all the response. I've used Flitz before on gun slides that I had finished with NP3 in the past, but it is not polished stainless. It did come out looking like it though.

May try the Mothers polish in a small area first.
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Light strokes going with the grain of the brushed finish with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper will completely get rid of it and match the factory finish.
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Originally Posted by RustyIron View Post
... use your fancy new tool to carefully apply new scratches to the frame. Do what you can to keep it all parallel. It won't be perfect, but it will be less noticeable than it is right now.
AND/OR, if you can find a way or space -- place heavy tape (duct tape? electrician's tape?) PARALLEL to the finish 'scratches' to help you stick to the right 'line' with your fancy new tool?
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