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Old 11-15-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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What would be the best way to get the blue off my 1911 slide without messing it up

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Old 11-15-2011, 12:14 PM   #2
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I don't have the answer to your your question, but I'd like to ask you why? Do you want a different finish? Is it worn out? If you just want to change it, why not buy another slide and keep the original just in case you change your mind, or want to sell it later?

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There are bluing and rust removers on the market. Bluing is a form of oxide.

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Would you recomend anything?

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The best way to remove a finish would probably be to use a cotton buffing wheel on a bench grinder with varying grits of polishing compound.

Unless you are comfortable with something like that and have, or are willing to obtain the tools, I would let a professional handle that job.

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Just get a bottle of Birchwood Casey blue remover-

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I know it sounds crazy but clear vinegar works if you let it soak for 3hrs or so. obviously disassemble completely submerge the slide for 3 hrs or so. take some flitz polish or mothers aluminum polish on an sos pad and just use some elbow grease it will come off. I've done this before to remove rust and reblued a .22 before that had sat outside in a shed I got a long time ago. If I were going to do this to a 1911 they are more valuable I would probably just get another barrel as well. check out youtube there are a lot of people that do this....

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How To Remove Bluing From Steel
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Hey there buddy, if you want to remove the blueing of a slide you need to use rust and blueing remover. There are many different types out there but the ones i have used are Birchwood Casey, and also brownells have a page dedicated to this in their catalog. But it basically is an easy job to do.
But i have to warn you when you do this you will loose money on the gun becuase you have messed with the value i would advise you to buy a slide unfinished and do what you want with that, that way you can save your value of the gun incase you want to sell it later on down the line.
If you remove the blueing from your gun you need to buy some oooo steel wool and ooo steel wool. Take it and use a littel gun oil and use the ooo first untill it shines all over and then use the oooo with a little gun oil and go over it again it wont hurt the slide but it has to be buffed to a shine to get the blueing or the nickel plating or what ever you use to stick and look good.
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I am just curious why you want to remove the blue. I spend a lot of effort trying to keep the finish good.

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