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oceanbob
11-19-2011, 18:11
While waiting out our mandatory 10 day wait for my G20SF that I bought from Glockmeister....I decided to go to my shop (reloading room) and polish my Longslide.

My original plan was to get the machine put together, run 500 rounds of various ammo thru it, resolve any problems then send out the Slide for either a NP3 (silver nickel) or House Black like Meathead9s weapon which looks absolutely fabulous...:supergrin:

The original Lonewolf Longslide comes in rough bead-blasted stainless. Mine had dark spots where the bead blaster operator missed or just didn't cover that area long enough. Even though they look good in photos......
http://i43.tinypic.com/2vdppol.jpg


They have a rough feel and I don't like it. I have a NP3 Franken-Glock slide that I mounted on an old Glock 27 frame that really has a smooth finish and is easy on the eyes.....
http://i54.tinypic.com/245j28z.jpg

Since it's Saturday and the women-folk are out running errands, Dad decided to spend a little time doing something about that gawd-awful bead blasted with dark spots Longslide.....I am building an Airplane (Vans RV-7) in my garage and I have a portable work station on a cart for deburring and polishing. Bench grinder on the left actually has some 3M polishing wheels. I decided to take off the rough areas on each side of the slide and leave the top the satin, bead-blasted finish.
http://i52.tinypic.com/2z7oo61.jpg

I masked off the top of the slide and other areas I didn't want polished and took my time with the soft wheel. I was amazed at how easy it was to get the rough surface off and after some trial and error I then moved to my workbench with some 'Semi'Chrome' and cotton patches.
I figured if I screwed up the slide I was going to have it plated anyway....nothing to lose. I'am pleased. She looks good.....

I figure I am about 89.54% finished...probably a little more time with the cotton patches but I will do that after I get my Frame and run those 500 rounds.

http://i42.tinypic.com/4ufbef.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/2vsj6ys.jpg

Be well and don't get bored on Saturday.

Vanilla-gorilla
11-19-2011, 18:14
Nice but I thought when you typed. "Decided to go ahead and polish my longslide" ment that the wife and kids where gone for awhile 8) JK.

oceanbob
11-19-2011, 18:41
A couple more photos to see how crisp the polish is...:supergrin:

http://i41.tinypic.com/wcmycg.jpg

And out in my backyard in normal daylight....

http://i43.tinypic.com/dwds1h.jpg

Be well
Bob

PS..VG..I did the other polish job last night with the wife....LOL

21Carrier
11-19-2011, 18:44
Looks good Bob. I also hate the bead-blasted finish. It's a cost cutting "finish" for sure. Not only does it get dirty easily, but it's also really rough. That's especially bad in friction areas. After an initial assembly and function check yielded a very gritty feeling action, I sanded all the contact points down, then polished them. It made a HUGE difference. I sanded down the inside of the slide, both where the barrel hood rubs (top and sides), and where the barrel slides through the front of the slide. I also sanded and polished inside the rails, the breech face, and anywhere else there would be metal to metal contact. It helped smooth the action a good bit. The bead-blasted finish is definitely unfinished in my book. Mine will get coated in the future.

oceanbob
11-19-2011, 18:53
Looks good Bob. I also hate the bead-blasted finish. It's a cost cutting "finish" for sure. Not only does it get dirty easily, but it's also really rough. That's especially bad in friction areas. After an initial assembly and function check yielded a very gritty feeling action, I sanded all the contact points down, then polished them. It made a HUGE difference. I sanded down the inside of the slide, both where the barrel hood rubs (top and sides), and where the barrel slides through the front of the slide. I also sanded and polished inside the rails, the breech face, and anywhere else there would be metal to metal contact. It helped smooth the action a good bit. The bead-blasted finish is definitely unfinished in my book. Mine will get coated in the future.


Good idea....I will be doing the internal slide polishing tomorrow. :supergrin:

I still may coat my slide. I haven't decided yet. Meathead9s Longslide is the benchmark for good looks and modifications.

Be well, Bob

arushus
11-19-2011, 21:35
Ive been wanting a mirror finish on my glock for a while now. No idea how to do it though. I realize everyone says to polish it. But seems like everyone does it differently.

j-glock22
11-19-2011, 21:50
Looks good with the OD frame, I was wondering what such a combo looked like. Well done.

rcd567
11-19-2011, 22:32
Bob,
That looks great!

Uhm, building an airplane??? Just make sure your insurance is up to date before the maiden flight.












Sorry, just gotta ask...Can I have your Glocks? That is only if something goes, uhm, not exactly as planned.:whistling:

4949shooter
11-20-2011, 06:28
Looks good!
Flitz is also a metal polish I like to use. It took the finish off the barrel hood of a Commander I have that a sloppy gunsmith ruined.

Jitterbug
11-20-2011, 08:49
Looks good Bob, unique Glock.

_The_Shadow
11-20-2011, 09:01
Looking great, Congrats!
Jewler's rouge and the flitz can make for a chrome like mirror shine. Good buffing wheels can make the job easier...It is getting to the look you desire that counts.

Mirror is flashy to look at or see from a distance.
Satin is duller but offers some stealth over the reflection.

OH but wait...beauty is in the eye of the beholder! :cool:

Taterhead
11-20-2011, 14:23
Looks sweet Bob. OD and a polished longslide: a very unique piece there.

bac1023
11-20-2011, 18:09
Very nice indeed :)

igorts
11-20-2011, 18:17
if my long slide will arrive with defects i will send it to you to polish!