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I am wanting to polish some of the external metal parts on my Xd. Wanted to know if anyone has done this and pros and cons. Any opinion or advise is welcome. Also wondering if this will make the parts more susceptible to rust etc. Thanks
 

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All my XDm's are polished like you are describing. I don't really have any pro's / con's; there just certain things I like to do to "set up" my pistols and that includes polishing certain components. I just picked up a 5.25 tonight and I already polished everything and haven't even fired it yet. No issues with rust. I tried to take a pic for ya but couldnt get it to show up right.
 

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Other than it looking silly and exposing the metal to the elements?
 

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Other than it looking silly and exposing the metal to the elements?
Always helpful agalindo..:rolleyes:
Thank God you chimed in..:roll:


firerescue425 I had some parts polished on an XD45 compact.
Never had a rust problem at all.
I also didn't feel it looked silly, contrary to some.
Some people like to customize their firearms, some obviously do not.







If this look appeals to you, here are some threads than can get you started..
http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/xd-gun...8-offical-everything-do-polishing-thread.html

http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/sa-xd-xd-m-faq-stickies/68951-diy-barrel-polishing-write-up.html

Good luck..1LL
 

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Polishing the black off does not get rid of the melonite which is still there to protect the metal. I have abrasive blasted several XDm`s to make them look like a stainless XD.
 

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Polishing the black off does not get rid of the melonite which is still there to protect the metal. I have abrasive blasted several XDm`s to make them look like a stainless XD.
Hey James, I'm thinking about throwing some aluminium oxide at mine to park/duracoat it. Any areas that need to be protected from the media?
 

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Always helpful agalindo..:rolleyes:
Thank God you chimed in..:roll:


firerescue425 I had some parts polished on an XD45 compact.
Never had a rust problem at all.
I also didn't feel it looked silly, contrary to some.
Some people like to customize their firearms, some obviously do not.







If this look appeals to you, here are some threads than can get you started..
http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/xd-gun...8-offical-everything-do-polishing-thread.html

http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/sa-xd-xd-m-faq-stickies/68951-diy-barrel-polishing-write-up.html

Good luck..1LL
Looks good 1lowlife
 

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Always helpful agalindo..:rolleyes:
Thank God you chimed in..:roll:


firerescue425 I had some parts polished on an XD45 compact.
Never had a rust problem at all.
I also didn't feel it looked silly, contrary to some.
Some people like to customize their firearms, some obviously do not.







If this look appeals to you, here are some threads than can get you started..
http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/xd-gun...8-offical-everything-do-polishing-thread.html

http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/sa-xd-xd-m-faq-stickies/68951-diy-barrel-polishing-write-up.html

Good luck..1LL


it looks cool like that but its not something I would choose to do.
 

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Hey James, I'm thinking about throwing some aluminium oxide at mine to park/duracoat it. Any areas that need to be protected from the media?
Just make sure that the slide is completely disassembled, that way when you are done you can clean all of the aluminum oxide particles out of all the crevices.

Hey I invite you to come up to the store I am working with, Birmingham Pistol Wholesale in Trussville. Lots of good things to see.
 

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it looks cool like that but its not something I would choose to do.

^ my thoughts too. But I'm old and only care about function over form and think "bling" is a musical group:rolleyes:
 

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Screw it..
Just get the slide, controls, and internals (but not the sear) Hard Chromed and be done with it..:cool:







I still ended up selling the pistol..:shock:
Yes I have issues...;)
 

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I would if you really want to. I polished mine up with a Dremel and Flitz. Slide stop, take down lever, grip safety, barrel and all internals. Looks good in my opinion but up to you.
 

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Per 1lowlife:
Screw it..
Just get the slide, controls, and internals (but not the sear) Hard Chromed and be done with it..:cool:

-- I absolutely agree. :p

I like that look.
Bitone is not overdone.
 

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Can the slide be glassbead blasted and the melonite finish still be present? I have done some polish work to my xd9 service and love to tinker with it. Just wonderin' if it could be done and not have to fight the rust bugs.

kenken
 
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