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    Default Starting A New 1911 Polishing Project

    Its cold out and I can only sit next to the wife watching tv so much, so I thought it time to tackle another 1911 polishing project. I got a decent deal on this one back since it has plenty of handling marks and finish wear, it has always seemed to beg me to polish it. As I was taking it apart, bagging all of the little pieces, thinking of the countless hours I would be spending on each little piece, I said What in the world are you getting yourself into?, as I have told myself Id never do it again. Well, Im fully committed at this point. It will most likely take me a year or two, but Ill post up progress pics as I go. I hope I live to complete it and hope my hands hold up to the abuse. At least I can now also get to the few little pieces I missed on my last project as I go along on this one, so I will have two completed BBQ/show off 1911s by the time this one is done. Sooooo, here we go again!

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    Thats enough for tonight. Eyelids are getting heavy. Front strap is finely checkered, which I have never polished before, so that should be interesting. That area will most likely eat through a lot of stuff as it is like a file itself. Will most likely end up being less of a bite to grip there as it all gets polished, but Ill be ok with that, so long as it all looks uniform.

    Interestingly, when I removed the grips, I noticed what looks like brass or copper inserts down in the screw holes. I also noticed quite a bit of weight to the grips. What I thought was G10 grips may just be aluminum. If so, I will also polish the grips. Should be able to blind astronauts up in the space station when done, if angled correctly!

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    Were I you I'd probably just wire wheel the front strap or since your such a patient and detail oriented guy, use a triangle file to clean up the front strap. A checkered front strap is a wonderful thing, be nice to keep it sharp and useful even on a BBQ gun.
    They make checkering files for metal if you can figure out the line per inch.
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    Cold out.................that's hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bawanna View Post
    Were I you I'd probably just wire wheel the front strap or since your such a patient and detail oriented guy, use a triangle file to clean up the front strap. A checkered front strap is a wonderful thing, be nice to keep it sharp and useful even on a BBQ gun.
    They make checkering files for metal if you can figure out the line per inch.
    Thank you! I did not think about a wire wheel. That should get the finish off quick enough so that the polishing part wont take so long and eat up the dots. I looked up the specs and the checkering lists as 30 lpi. Very fine. I think so long as that area gets decently shiny it will look ok, even if not as shiny as the rest of the gun. Ill take it as it comes and can always follow your advice about re-scoring it all with the appropriate checkering file if need be. Never done that, but have watched vids on it, so that would be an adventure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    Cold out.................that's hilarious.
    I knew you up North guys would giggle at that

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    When I read the thread title I thought OP was making kielbasa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead1026 View Post
    When I read the thread title I thought OP was making kielbasa.
    Dirty mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    Cold out.................that's hilarious.
    How about some ice cold OJ?
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    What no 6 or 8 buffing wheel. And the different compounds. You must have Thor like hands. My arthritis is acting up reading your post. I would much rather be on the couch under a throw with the wife or GF drinking 12 year old Canadian whiskey watching IDPA video from last summer.

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