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So I’ve been given the go ahead by my lady friend to buy another gun. I’ve been looking at a couple 19s was wondering if all 19s have the same high polish blue? There’s a 19-3 snub I’m looking at and in the pics it seems a lot blacker and not quite as shiny as the 4 inch models I’ve seen. I’ve looked around here and online and some pics the snub looks shiny and bright. Is this just lightning in the pictures or wear? The 4 “ ones I’ve looked at online have all seemed high polished.
 

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That age I would say the same blue, it depends if the gun was polished before pictures, I can tell you this its a gorgeous "Blue" when cleaned.... Good luck on purchase mate!

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Guns in most good pictures have been polished up some. I have bought a couple used revolvers that had a dull dark look and they cleaned up to a bright, blued finish. That being said there was some slight variance in the blueing over the years and some guns were given more of a satin blued finish. The newer guns . . . .mid 80's on, are done with a different process than the old guns and do appear to have a blacker finish
 

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I’m pretty much strictly looking at pinned and recessed so usually -3s or -4s. The nicer ones probably have had a good polishing that makes sense, not a print on em. I love the look of the nice blued ones.
 

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There is always some variation in factory finishes. Back in the '70s/'80s I had 2 1/2", 4" and 6" model 19s. All polished blue, with only the minor variations common in production items.
 

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I have two 19-2's one has a blue finish so deep it looks as though you could fall into it. The other looks nice, but it is just not as deep a blue-black color. If you are not familiar with how a refinished gun looks vs one that still has the original finish, it can be hard to gauge whether it has been refinished.

Deep blue-black:



Not-so blue-black:
 

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How would I go about polishing up a blued gun? I know you can’t use flitz or anything like that. Would you just wax it? And yeah the ones I’m looking at are the darker blacker looking finish. Both -3. The 4” has the box which I like but I’m torn because I really like the snub 19. I know a few thinks to look out for on a refinish and I’ve handle a few examples of great original factory bluing.
 

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How would I go about polishing up a blued gun? I know you can’t use flitz or anything like that. Would you just wax it? And yeah the ones I’m looking at are the darker blacker looking finish. Both -3. The 4” has the box which I like but I’m torn because I really like the snub 19. I know a few thinks to look out for on a refinish and I’ve handle a few examples of great original factory bluing.
I use Solvol Autosol its cleans the "Rust" that essentially sits on the Blue after time. It works spectacularly, and does not harm the finish whatsoever. Korth owners use it a lot.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=solvo...e6a4d46fc8c542b08d445754d&cc=US&setlang=en-US

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So I’ve been given the go ahead by my lady friend to buy another gun. I’ve been looking at a couple 19s was wondering if all 19s have the same high polish blue? There’s a 19-3 snub I’m looking at and in the pics it seems a lot blacker and not quite as shiny as the 4 inch models I’ve seen. I’ve looked around here and online and some pics the snub looks shiny and bright. Is this just lightning in the pictures or wear? The 4 “ ones I’ve looked at online have all seemed high polished.
Is this the shine you are looking for?
This one isn't waxed or polished. It's just how it came.
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Blueing, like any other finish, has several steps & tricks of the trade. How fresh the solution is, how many times it's used before refreshing, metal preparation, etc. are all factors. Most new S&W's of a few years ago were very nice from the factory but some not quite as nice due to the above. Many (most) aren't kept as clean & oiled as they could have been. Generally a good oil & polishing does wonders.
 

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You guys are killing me .. I LOVE those old deep blued finishes .. I mean LOVE .. and I dont own a single gun with one. So I either have to buy a slight beater and blue it myself or get searching for an old one with that finish. I have a few years breathing time left so I have some time but .. I have to have to have one. DROOL!!
 
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