Originally Posted by ALfiremedic1
Hey guys. I have a smith and Wesson 1911 and the matte finish is beginning to turn to polished in a few places. I like the matte finish and want to refinish the slide, but don't want the polished finish. Anything I can do?
the difference in polished blueing and matte finish is the item's condition prior to blueing it as both are done with the same product. polished blueing comes from polishing the metal prior to blueing to a high sheen finish almost looking like dull chrome and is usually done on buffing wheels and polishing compounds starting with a cours and working down to finer compounds. a matte finish is usually acheived with just bead blasting the items to be blued and then come out looking a matte finished black.
the reason that many fireams that are matte finished are less expensive than highly polished blued is that the items can be bead blasted rather quickly with little skill involved, where polished blued items require a higher degree of skill an much more time to produce.