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anyone ever tried to polish and buff up a  flat matt finish like on Smith & Wesson stainless model 66 .357 so it would more like nickel?

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It can be done, but like all material removal operations, doing it evenly and not overdoing it is the hard part. 

 

Rio Grande sells a number of abrasive buffing compounds and waxes that will do the job. 

 

If the matte etching (more likely bead blasting) is deep, some pre-sanding with 220 - 600 grit may be needed.   Do be careful not to round over edges, unless you want to reshape the gun.   

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Get one of those lead remover cloth and just start on it while watching a couple of good movies.

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no and i wont try , ive actually looked for a matching matt SS SAA to go with the one i have , i prefer the satin to the high polish ....but thats just me , each to their own 

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1 hour ago, Goody, SASS #26190 said:

Beautiful! Who did the engraving?

The engraver was out of Michigan.

Al Wygant (spelling?)

 

Built by my Dad and I; we machined the barrel to the octagon, added the triggerguard spur and polished - engraved 40 years ago.

 

Elephant ivory grips - fitted to the frame at that time.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Colorado Coffinmaker said:

Would it not have been much easier to purchase a nice shiny one to start with??

my thought exactly , only makes sense in the big picture 

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