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    Default Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Details and a few more pictures are in the Gunsmithing forum. Here’s a link: http://forum.pafoa.org/showthread.php?t=333784



    DDG-8 "Sine Timore"

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    nicely done !

    Quote Originally Posted by bripro View Post
    Details and a few more pictures are in the Gunsmithing forum. Here’s a link: http://forum.pafoa.org/showthread.php?t=333784



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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Thank you, when I was assessing my work I came to the conclusion I would be pretty upset if I paid big bucks for what I achieved. I have no doubt the professionals would do a great job but for the price of some elbow grease and time I’m completely happy and satisfied with it. I know some of the deeper scratches are now merely shiny scratches but I’m good with that. I’m thinking after market blued for the 629. If it was a half leg that might even be enough to quiet my urge for a 29-2. No, actually it wouldn’t!!
    DDG-8 "Sine Timore"

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Beautiful!!! I'd be glad to know the process.

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Quote Originally Posted by MattMPA View Post
    Beautiful!!! I'd be glad to know the process.
    I'd wager it involved some sort of gentle metal polish, elbow grease and time.

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Quote Originally Posted by MattMPA View Post
    Beautiful!!! I'd be glad to know the process.
    In a nut shell I started by hand sanding it with three grits of automotive sandpaper. 600, 1000 and 2500. Then some time on a bench wheel polisher. I first used a denim wheel with medium compound then a cloth wheel with a finishing compound. Most videos I watched then suggested a Dremel for the nooks and crannies but I haven’t had much luck with that tool in the past and it was looking pretty good by then so I skipped that part. I finished it up with Mothers Magwell Polish, micro fiber cloths and elbow grease.
    I tested each phase on my wife’s stainless serving spoons before working on the revolver. They’re looking pretty shiny too right now!!
    DDG-8 "Sine Timore"

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Well done,did not think you would have gotten great results like that compareing to before pics. I would also change out the chewed up screw .

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Excellent job Bripro. Looks great.

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Great work Bripro, now go out and break something!
    Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

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    Default Re: Smith and Wesson 686-3 before and after

    Thank you! Wonderful job...now I feel bad that I gave my Baldor polishing motor and wheel to a friend 'cause "I wouldn't need it..."

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