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Ok everybody, ive got a 686 stainless steel revolver new, well its still new i bought it 3 years ago, and havent fired it yet. Ive seen on many forums that you can shine these babies up, using different kinds of things. Such as scotch brite, alum.wheel polish, and even chrome polish. I do really like the pictures ive seen of these guns after words, but ive also heard some horrer stories about doing this. The finish doesnt come out even, or it removes some of the factory protective finish. My question is, If you had a new never fired 686 stainless, would you attempt this (making it shinnyer) or leave well enough alone ? By the way the gun looks great as it is, but i do like the shinny look. But not at they expence of my gun. I thank you all in advance
 

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A six pack, a dremel and a day off work, what could go wrong?
I agree that the polished guns look good, but, "A man's got to know his limitations" and the finish on a gun is one of mine.
 

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I think you need to get it dirty first and fire some rounds through it. The gun needs food and it must be mighty hungry after no food for three years. Then clean it and use corroson X it's great stuff!!!

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Ohio guy,
Yes, it's true that you could mess up a gun by using a dremel tool on it. It takes experience to be able to polish a gun in that manner, just as it takes experience to use a buffer on a car.

You can get very good results just doing it by hand, if you're patient. I've done a couple and they've turned out pretty well.

What you want to use is Mother's Mag Polish and a couple of soft cloths. Expect to spend a few hours the first time you polish it. Then, I always put a good wax on my guns, whether stainless or blue. It really makes a difference. A lot of people use Renaissance wax, and it's good stuff. I used to use it too. But, now I'm using Collinite wax.

On the guns I've polished, I've repeated the polishing session each time I cleaned the gun. Each time, it's come out a little bit better. That's not to say you can't just do it all at one time. However, it's quite a chore when you're doing something like that by hand. Thus, I suggest polishing over a period of time.

As far as hurting the value.. well, if it was a gun that was a limited production, I don't think I would do it. But, there's a lot of 686's out there. Not knocking your gun; the 686 is a really good choice! But, I think that since there's so many of them, you would actually enhance the value a little.

When I sold one of the guns I polished, the fella who bought it was drawn to it to begin with by the looks. He said he just had to have it, and bugged me for months to sell it to him.

If you decide to do this and want some detailed help, let me know and I'll try to help you. Just email me through this forum.
 

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Thank everyone for the imput, Carl i may just take you up on that thanks. I like the idea of not using a power tool on my guns finish. Would the polishing also help with protecting the finish ?
 

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Ohio guy,
Do you mean protecting it from scratches? If so, polishing won't stop scratches. But, when you're dealing with a stainless gun, fixing scratches is pretty easy as long as it's a light scratch (or rub mark) and not a gouge.

If it's original, you use a scotchbrite pad to smooth out the scratch. If it's polished, you use more Mother's Mag Polish to fix the scratch.

Is that what you're asking?
 

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Carl, i was just talking about rust and things in that nature, and does polishing remove some kind of protective factory coating or void the warranty ? Thanks.
 

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Polishing a 686 won't cause it to rust any more (or less) than if it wasn't polished.

I can't imagine polishing would hurt the warranty, but I don't really know that for sure.

What dash number is your 686?
 

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Carl, i know i sound stupid, but heres what i got. I bought the gun new, in 2006 and the owner of the gun shop said he got it in a month erlier. I opened the cylider and its stamped 686 6 above that it has cjv7883, On the side of the blue plastic case it has 06-a2-md-gr-bf-sw-sr-fs-cs-zs. product 164231 searial cjv7883-6089. Not sure what all that meens but if you know, id appreciat the feedback, Thanks Carl.
 

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I forgot to tell you, that i read on the firing line, that if you polish the gun it would cancel the warrenty, and that it may affect accuracy and the way the gun functions too, by using abrasives on it, is this true ? I can live with the looks, after all thats 1 of the resons i bought it. While i do love the polished look, it would kill me to think i messed my gun up by polishing it. Thanks again.
 

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Ohio guy,
I've never heard of hand polishing a stainless gun having any effect on the function or accuracy. I'm not sure what you read, but I can say that polishing my own guns did nothing but make them look better.

I also can't imagine why a polish job would have any affect on warranty, but to be sure, I would call and ask S&W.
 

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Just be very careful about any laser etchings. Most new guns have laser markings on the barrel or frame. Put a piece of masking tape over those areas then polish the gun by hand. In a short time it will look much, much better! Don't use the dremel, it could be hard to control and it will leave buffing marks which will be hard to rub out by hand.
 

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Thanks Magnum, I think my gun does have the etching and i was wondering about that. and im not sure about the warranty or accuracy thing either, it just doesnt seam to make sense to me, but if i decide to do it ill be checking in with you guys to fined out what i can polish on the gun, and what i shouldnt, Thanks again all.
 

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Hi Guy's,

I have hand polished my 629-1, a couple of times with the lead cleaner patch and then wiped clean. No LASER etching involved. I did this because I could see that the cyl face was very shinny from cleaning it with the lead wipe patch. It looks great. If it is done by hand it will be even vs, power tool. Each time you do that it'll get prettier!

Ditto on the LASER etching, I learnd the hard way on the Rocky Mountain Hunter, I got careless and some of the etching got lightened. I'm not happy with myself for that one.

Anyway, I think it only enhances the guns value because it represents that it has been taken care of.
 
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