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Unsightly scratches on my 1911 slide... Anyone have tips on removal??

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Unsightly scratches on my 1911 slide... Anyone have tips on removal??

Have a couple of scratches along my slide, one was from laying my pistol inside my glove compartment for temporary storage while I was in the local mall... The other is an unannounced sucker that just showed up one night.

Any tips on removing these. My slide is Parkerized and the scratches seem real light, not like gouges or pitted, almost like a silver piece of chalk was used to mark the slide. Ive tried a lubricated gun cloth, Ive tried scrubbing real tough with some break free and regular gun lube, but NOTHING has worked. Im hoping to avoid a pricey trip to a gunsmith or shop...

Thanks...
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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re-park it?

If its SS slide(like my DanWesson), you can use 800grid wet/dry sand paper to remove light scratches. But if gun is blued or parkarized, i think recoating it would be an only option
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quit worrying about it

It is just a tool, scratches/marks build character
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quit worrying about it

It is just a tool, scratches/marks build character
Good point.. I guess I might just be acting like a prissy slut...

You can't help it though.. The "Old Mens" at the range pull out their "bling" of a 1911, and I envy...

Maybe i'll just save up and buy an stainless model.
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Good point.. I guess I might just be acting like a prissy slut...

You can't help it though.. The "Old Mens" at the range pull out their "bling" of a 1911, and I envy...

Maybe i'll just save up and buy an stainless model.
Nothing like pulling out a 2k+ custom and have people wonder just how much time you must have spent shooting that thing to get her so well worn in.



Plus, it is still bling (IMO)

I just picked up a Stainless 1911 which I plan on shooting the piss out of. Gotta say it will be nice to have the option of just having it bead blasted or something if I cared to do so.

I do have two pistols which never get taken out of their boxes though, so sort of feel where you are coming from... My dad's retirement revolver and an old military 1911 which I am not sure what exactly it is... I'd have to ask him.
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Good point.. I guess I might just be acting like a prissy slut...

You can't help it though.. The "Old Mens" at the range pull out their "bling" of a 1911, and I envy...

Maybe i'll just save up and buy an stainless model.
I don't think so, there are some of mine that I hate to get scratches on.
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Have a couple of scratches along my slide...

Any tips on removing these. My slide is Parkerized...

Thanks...
Try a little cold blue on a matchstick, applied sparingly to the offending spot. Use it all the time on my poor old A/O.
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Try a little cold blue on a matchstick, applied sparingly to the offending spot. Use it all the time on my poor old A/O.
Thanks for the advice... Ill have to hit up the gunshop for some cold blue and give it a shot.. Its worth a try at least..!
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Good point.. I guess I might just be acting like a prissy slut...

You can't help it though.. The "Old Mens" at the range pull out their "bling" of a 1911, and I envy...

Maybe i'll just save up and buy an stainless model.
You know the guys I'm impressed with at the range are the guys with worn guns that show that they have been used as tools and not as works of art. If I had to choose between a guy with a shiny Les Baer or someone with a worn SW Model 10, a Glock 17 with the slide worn to a gray, or a baby rattle 1911, I'd go with the guys with the old used gear every day and twice on sunday.

My carry gun has shiny spots from the holster, nicks where I've banged it on cover... THats the way I like it.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:06 AM   #10
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My carry gun has shiny spots from the holster, nicks where I've banged it on cover... THats the way I like it.
AMEN!

Call me nuts, but I HATE the fact that my new carry gun looks so..... NEW

haha

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