Polishing My Barrel

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by JoshH, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. JoshH

    JoshH New Member

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    O as the pics show my barrel has some wear on it after putting about 1000 rounds through my Springer A1. I would like to possibly polish the barrel to a nice silver shine. My question is should I? And what's the best way to do it? Will it have any effect on the durability or function of the weapon?
     

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  2. testarija

    testarija New Member

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    The same happened to my Beretta barrel... There's a few youtube videos that will illustrate it for you. I've put about 1000 rounds since I polished the barrel and don't notice any effect on the durability or function of the weapon. I see you have a stainless steel guide rod so I recommend doing it; it'll look good.

    Here is how I did it. Submerge it in vinegar for about 8 to 10 hours. That’s right; vinegar. After that, wash it with soap. With some 2K sandpaper, start sanding until you remove all the black coat off. It will actually look polished when you’re done. Afterwards, rub it down with some Mothers Polish and use a Dremel buffing pad. At this point, you should be happy with the results. If not, use a buffing wheel.
     

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  3. JoshH

    JoshH New Member

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    Yea buddy! That looks great! I'll give it a whirl. Has anyone used flitz? I have heard its a good polish.
     
  4. orangello

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    That does look nice, but is it rust resistant now without the coating, or do you simply keep it oiled.



    Nice thread title by the way; i LOL'd.
     
  5. JoshH

    JoshH New Member

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    My question exactly!!??
     
  6. testarija

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    thanks... well, that's probably the only downfall. it will not hold up against rust as well as a coated one. It's been about 5 months since and I don't notice any rust at all. and yes, i do keep it a little oiled. as long as you keep it stored properly, i doubt the rust will ever affect it.
     
  7. orangello

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    I wonder about some kind of "clearcoat" for barrels? It would be cool if there were something more permanent than oil; maybe something that would lower friction too like that cerakote stuff but clear.
     
  8. kytowboater

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    Will polishing a bushing less bull barrel on a 1911 effect it negatively?
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It will make it look like a firearm that has not been used and make the owner look like someone who does not practice.

    If you want a shiny barrel, go stainless.
    Any additional coating could cause jams (paint or clearcoat gumming up, the barrel gets a little warm during shooting).
    Polishing the current coating could cause looseness in the lockup and bushing area if done over-zealously.
     
  10. kytowboater

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    Thanks for the info Dan. I'll leave it alone.
     
  11. canebrake

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    Remember this; polishing (anything) means removing material so as to smooth the surface and reflect light without scatter.

    Key words; removing material

    Is your gun running currently? Does the gun's accuracy meet your needs?

    If yes to both, there is NO reason for "removing material" and should be left alone.

    If no, you got bigger issues than vanity.

    I will share with you my well/over used mantra; "Never change a running assembly." What's to gain?

    This also applies to the bushing/barrel interface on guns so equipped.

    I see no contraindication to polishing the chamber area where visiable in the ejection port but stay away from the locking lugs and bushing contact areas.

    AND; if it's a carbon steel barrel, it will rust. I guess that is a contraindication. [​IMG]
     
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  12. NotMormon

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    Um.....aaaaa....the title...ummm...I guess my barrel has been polished a few times with no ill effects:)
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    It says barrel, not helmet. :eek:
     
  14. Dearhunter

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    What I have done in the past, is touch up with cold bluing. Practice, and after a while you get pretty darn good at it. It blends in.
    If you saw my posting (with photos) about "my 100 year old shotgun" I re-blued the entire shotgun by touching up where needed.
     
  15. NotMormon

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    I was refering to mining, not football...thank you very little:rolleyes:
    Given that your barrel has been protected corectly, repeated polishings should perform well if too much pressure has not been applied.:D
     
  16. therewolf

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    This probably going to sound a little girly, but Mother's, and

    any high percentage Carnuba Wax draws bugs. (flies and gnats)

    So you may want to consider a synthetic or petroleum based wax,

    especially if you live in the south.
     
  17. GunHo

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    I polished the barrel on two of my guns and absolutely no negative affect. If anything, it improved the action, but it's probably just me. hey, if a little bling improves my accuracy, then so be it.
     
  18. MrWray

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    I wanted to experiment with my block, jsimion423 polished the barrel and slide. The job turned out great,made it look a little better :)

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  19. JoshH

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    MrWray did you just insert a Glock into my 1911 thread?!? SMDH!! ;) and Cane I guess I have to agree with you, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I'll be leaving my Springer alone for now, I have already polished my feed ramp and she's smooth as butter now but I'll leave it at that.