Can I get some advice on polishing my slide

Discussion in 'Hi-Point Pistols' started by Nu-Point, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Nu-Point

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    I found these pictures and I want to polish my slide to look exactly like this?

    What do I need? What should I do? How long will it take?

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  2. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    That's a factory job. It's plated.

    If you want that, you need to take it to someone that does plating, it's not a stripped and polished slide.
     

  3. lsi1

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    short answer don't.

    Longer answer sandpaper in progressively smaller grits. Start around 320 end around 3000 or better then get s polishing wheel or cloth and use some mothers mag and alluminum wheel polish for the shine.

    I did this to a glock 17 police trade in I bought a couple years back that was beaten up on outside but perfect inside. It took hours of work and I spent so much time staring at it making it good that even today I still see every little imperfection in it even though other people who look at it do not.
     
  4. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    The gun in your picture is a polish job, because HP didn't make a Nickel C9. I have sent several slides off to be Nickel plated, cost was $75 each. The polished slides tarnish very quickly & it takes a lot of work to maintain them & make them look nice. Here is an original for sale, save yourself some time & aggravation?


    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=522034679
     
  5. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    These are the 2 slides I had Nickel plated.
     

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  6. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

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  7. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    His picture is of a C9, it is a polish job or somebody had it nickel plated?
     
  8. Nu-Point

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    Where'd you get it done for $75?
     
  9. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    Metal Brite in Dayton, Ohio. They will receive & return ship, any job.

    Metal Brite
    Address: 2445 Neff Rd. Dayton, Ohio 45414
    Phone: (937) 278-9739
     
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  10. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    Or is it like my CF 380?;)

    You know...they REALLY don't know exactly what they put out, right?

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  11. Nu-Point

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    Thank you, I've sent an email, do you think it would be the same quality of the one in the OP?
     
  12. Irishfanatik

    Irishfanatik Supporting Member

    I really like the nickel plated Hi Points. I polished the slide on a jcp40 and it turned out pretty nice, but it isn't as nice as the model c nickel plated that I got a month ago. My 40 needs a little TLC right now. Never having to polish the nickel plating to make them shine is what is great about them.
     
  13. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    I just picked up a Nickel plated Iberia-40 frame & slide yesterday. They have exceeded my expectations everytime I have used them!
     
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  14. MachoMelvin

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  15. Melvin's getting nickeled and dimed to death. :D
     
  16. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    You could sand then polish the whole slide (progressively smaller grit followed by Mothers Mag). Then use a bit of vinegar on cloth to darken selected areas for a nice contrast. I went that route with my JCP and it's half way decent.
     
  17. 0311

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    Wondering how the metal would take a soda or extra fine sand blast.
     
  18. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what they use, but the Nickel platting company sandblast the slides before they plate them. Looks good to me?
     
  19. lsi1

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    the sand and soda will make it shiney and take the finish off but will create more pitting and imperfections that will look like crap until they are filled by a coating process or removed via sanding away metal.
     
  20. FlashBang

    FlashBang I Stand With Talon Lifetime Supporter

    You bead blast firearms. ;)


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