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I had a light layer of rust so used this gun cleaner on the slide (i've used this cleaner hundreds of times on my glock with no problems). it took off a good amount of the rust, but along with it, the black finish! It looked really bad so I just stripped it off and polished it. It looks pretty cool, almost like a graphite or black chrome finish with the bare metal mixed with some of the black finish still left but its totally unprotected except for some armadillo. haven't decided whether i want a CCR refinish or see if Springfield can fix it. if they put the origional finish back on, no thanks.
 

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what kind of cleaner was it? Acetone?!? Please let us know so noone makes the same error.
 

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No way in hell will springfield cover that under warrenty
 

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What product did you use? Please post, this is important. I would also see if the cleaner manufacturer will pay for refinishing the gun.
 

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Yeah, we gotta know quick. It's just a matter of time before I do the same thing.
 

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NExd said:
No way in hell will springfield cover that under warrenty
Just tell them you were practicing your draws all night.

I've only had that happen when I used some cheap brake cleaner on one of my surplus rifles while refinishing it. Never again will I do that.
 

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I think most people that buy the XD don't realize the 'blueing' is just some cheap powder coated stuff that rubs off very easily. It doesn't suprise me that a cleaner took it off.

Springfield may/may not coat it, but can't hurt to ask. Be honest.
 

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The stuff I used was some sort of metal polish. Not sure of the brand (I can check later), but like I said, I've used it before on my glocks with NO problem.

Well, needless to say, I felt really stupid for messing up a brand new gun! It wasn't like the finish just rubbed off with one swipe. It was gradual, it kind of went from a flat black to a matte black that looked pretty good, but then some of the high areas stared rubbing off more, so I just polished it by hand. But that coating on the XD is REALLY weak, it shouldn't have come of that easy, no wonder there is so many reports of wear from holstering. it came of easier than spraypaint! Like paper tiger said, it seemed to be more of a spray on powder coat than anything. In addition, a good amount of rust (you could see it on the rag) came off with the finish. It looked like it was mixed in with the finish?

After polishing the black finsish into the metal (there is still a thin amount on the slide) I really like the looks of it. It looks like a polished graphite (I'll see if I can take pics). I might just see about getting a clear coating to let it show through or just leaving it alone and taking better care of it with armadillo and regular oiling, at least i can polish it now!

in the end, to justify my stupidity, its probably a good thing that I did this before the unseen rust in the black finish got to the metal. I had planned on doing something more durable like hard chrome or a CCR refinish anyways after seeing pics of Sproles gun.....so I really didn't have anything to loose, but I still felt like #@*&!!!

LESSON LEARNED...DO NOT USE ANY KIND OF METAL POLISH ON YOUR XD!!!!
 

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The stuff I used was some sort of metal polish. Not sure of the brand (I can check later), but like I said, I've used it before on my glocks with NO problem.

Well, needless to say, I felt really stupid for messing up a brand new gun! It wasn't like the finish just rubbed off with one swipe. It was gradual, it kind of went from a flat black to a matte black that looked pretty good, but then some of the high areas stared rubbing off more, so I just polished it by hand. But that coating on the XD is REALLY weak, it shouldn't have come of that easy, no wonder there is so many reports of wear from holstering. it came of easier than spraypaint! Like paper tiger said, it seemed to be more of a spray on powder coat than anything. In addition, a good amount of rust (you could see it on the rag) came off with the finish. It looked like it was mixed in with the finish?

After polishing the black finsish into the metal (there is still a thin amount on the slide) I really like the looks of it. It looks like a polished graphite (I'll see if I can take pics). I might just see about getting a clear coating to let it show through or just leaving it alone and taking better care of it with armadillo and regular oiling, at least i can polish it now!

in the end, to justify my stupidity, its probably a good thing that I did this before the unseen rust in the black finish got to the metal. I had planned on doing something more durable like hard chrome or a CCR refinish anyways after seeing pics of Sproles gun.....so I really didn't have anything to loose, but I still felt like #@*&!!!

LESSON LEARNED...DO NOT USE ANY KIND OF METAL POLISH ON YOUR XD!!!!
Gun clearner is one thing, metal polish is something else. Hey, what's done is done but what ever possessed you to apply metal polish to the slide? Anyway, as you said it's not the end of the world. It's only cosmetic.

I had my slide polymer coated by Tripp Research (Cobra Coat) and like it a lot. But there are plenty of other sources for finishing.
 

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Used it on Glocks before and worked fine, actually worked similar to armadillo wax (on the Tenifer finish). I've never owned any other guns besides Glocks until the XD. Guess i was spoiled and assumed the XD had a similar finish. Thoughts did go through my head like 'I should have bought the G26 instead, i wouldn't be having this problem." But in the end, even with refinishing the XD is a better value with more features.

Other than that, stupidity!

While we're on the subject of re-finishing...wiill polymer give me the most "glock-like" finish or should I go with something else?
 

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Used it on Glocks before and worked fine, actually worked similar to armadillo wax (on the Tenifer finish). I've never owned any other guns besides Glocks until the XD. Guess i was spoiled and assumed the XD had a similar finish. Thoughts did go through my head like 'I should have bought the G26 instead, i wouldn't be having this problem." But in the end, even with refinishing the XD is a better value with more features.

Other than that, stupidity!

While we're on the subject of re-finishing...wiill polymer give me the most "glock-like" finish or should I go with something else?
Arnisandyz,

From how I understand it from everyone here you can have your gun refinished in some other finish besides the standard one when you send it back to springfield. I think I've heard you can even have a stainless finish put on it. Nose around in this forum and you might find some more solid info on that. I'd say Springfield is the way to go because it won't cost you anything thanks to the warranty.

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Arnisandyz said:
LESSON LEARNED...DO NOT USE ANY KIND OF METAL POLISH ON YOUR XD!!!!
I've gotta say that this seems obvious to me. Polishes are abrasives, so unless you want to remove an item's finish, you generally don't try to polish it.
 

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Arnisandyz said:
LESSON LEARNED...DO NOT USE ANY KIND OF METAL POLISH ON YOUR XD!!!!
I've gotta say that this seems obvious to me. Polishes are abrasives, so unless you want to remove an item's finish, you generally don't try to polish it.
Yea but cheers, he could be saving a newbie, I work in the automotive industrey and you would be amamzed at what people do, like the dude who changed his oil by removing the filter and letting the car run.
 

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And there was my friend, who saw me use some rubbing compound on blemishes on my car before polishing it. He thought it was such a great idea the he tried the same thing on his car.

He actually got down to bare metal in a couple of places.
 

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JimLongley said:
And there was my friend, who saw me use some rubbing compound on blemishes on my car before polishing it. He thought it was such a great idea the he tried the same thing on his car.

He actually got down to bare metal in a couple of places.
hey! theres nothing wrong with that :oops:
 
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