I may have told this story, if so bear with me. I took some new pictures the other day, and wanted to show them off.
Several months ago I almost passed on a Smith & Wesson Model 19 (no dash), four screw. The gun locked up tight, everything mechanical checked out fine, but it was "finish challenged" shall we say.
Scratches, worn lackluster blue, some fine surface rust, and just general "crud" all over it. I thought I might send it off to have it refinished.
But figuring I had nothing to lose, I cleaned it with Gunscrubber, Hoppes, and elbow grease. Then I took Flitz Polish to the metal. I know a lot of people say Flitz can harm the finish, but in this case, as I said, nothing to lose.
I put the polish on by hand, allowed it to dry, then buffed it off by hand with a soft cloth. Then I applied Pledge Furniture polish to it several times also.
I got some pictures the other day out in the sun for the first time.
It doesn't look like new by any means. There are still scratches, there are still places where bare metal shows, but those scratches, and blue edges are softer now, the fine rust and "patina" are gone. What's left of the blue reflects light like a mirror.
Next I want to clean those grips. I don't want to strip the finish unless I have to, so I'm thinking just some warm water and mild soap and see what happens.