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Decided to go ahead and polish my longslide..

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by oceanbob, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. oceanbob


    Jun 26, 2010
    While waiting out our mandatory 10 day wait for my G20SF that I bought from Glockmeister....I decided to go to my shop (reloading room) and polish my Longslide.

    My original plan was to get the machine put together, run 500 rounds of various ammo thru it, resolve any problems then send out the Slide for either a NP3 (silver nickel) or House Black like Meathead9s weapon which looks absolutely fabulous...:supergrin:

    The original Lonewolf Longslide comes in rough bead-blasted stainless. Mine had dark spots where the bead blaster operator missed or just didn't cover that area long enough. Even though they look good in photos......

    They have a rough feel and I don't like it. I have a NP3 Franken-Glock slide that I mounted on an old Glock 27 frame that really has a smooth finish and is easy on the eyes.....

    Since it's Saturday and the women-folk are out running errands, Dad decided to spend a little time doing something about that gawd-awful bead blasted with dark spots Longslide.....I am building an Airplane (Vans RV-7) in my garage and I have a portable work station on a cart for deburring and polishing. Bench grinder on the left actually has some 3M polishing wheels. I decided to take off the rough areas on each side of the slide and leave the top the satin, bead-blasted finish.

    I masked off the top of the slide and other areas I didn't want polished and took my time with the soft wheel. I was amazed at how easy it was to get the rough surface off and after some trial and error I then moved to my workbench with some 'Semi'Chrome' and cotton patches.
    I figured if I screwed up the slide I was going to have it plated anyway....nothing to lose. I'am pleased. She looks good.....

    I figure I am about 89.54% finished...probably a little more time with the cotton patches but I will do that after I get my Frame and run those 500 rounds.



    Be well and don't get bored on Saturday.
  2. Vanilla-gorilla

    Vanilla-gorilla Registered Noob

    Nice but I thought when you typed. "Decided to go ahead and polish my longslide" ment that the wife and kids where gone for awhile 8) JK.

  3. oceanbob


    Jun 26, 2010
    A couple more photos to see how crisp the polish is...:supergrin:


    And out in my backyard in normal daylight....


    Be well

    PS..VG..I did the other polish job last night with the wife....LOL
  4. 21Carrier

    21Carrier Until I Gota 29

    Feb 4, 2011
    Hoover, AL
    Looks good Bob. I also hate the bead-blasted finish. It's a cost cutting "finish" for sure. Not only does it get dirty easily, but it's also really rough. That's especially bad in friction areas. After an initial assembly and function check yielded a very gritty feeling action, I sanded all the contact points down, then polished them. It made a HUGE difference. I sanded down the inside of the slide, both where the barrel hood rubs (top and sides), and where the barrel slides through the front of the slide. I also sanded and polished inside the rails, the breech face, and anywhere else there would be metal to metal contact. It helped smooth the action a good bit. The bead-blasted finish is definitely unfinished in my book. Mine will get coated in the future.
  5. oceanbob


    Jun 26, 2010

    Good idea....I will be doing the internal slide polishing tomorrow. :supergrin:

    I still may coat my slide. I haven't decided yet. Meathead9s Longslide is the benchmark for good looks and modifications.

    Be well, Bob
  6. arushus

    arushus Biggest Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    NE Oklahoma
    Ive been wanting a mirror finish on my glock for a while now. No idea how to do it though. I realize everyone says to polish it. But seems like everyone does it differently.
  7. j-glock22


    Sep 20, 2001
    Central Ohio
    Looks good with the OD frame, I was wondering what such a combo looked like. Well done.
  8. rcd567


    Feb 5, 2011
    Near Glenwood, Iowa
    That looks great!

    Uhm, building an airplane??? Just make sure your insurance is up to date before the maiden flight.

    Sorry, just gotta ask...Can I have your Glocks? That is only if something goes, uhm, not exactly as planned.:whistling:
  9. Looks good!
    Flitz is also a metal polish I like to use. It took the finish off the barrel hood of a Commander I have that a sloppy gunsmith ruined.
  10. Jitterbug


    Aug 27, 2002
    Looks good Bob, unique Glock.
  11. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

    Jul 23, 2007
    Southeast, LoUiSiAna
    Looking great, Congrats!
    Jewler's rouge and the flitz can make for a chrome like mirror shine. Good buffing wheels can make the job easier...It is getting to the look you desire that counts.

    Mirror is flashy to look at or see from a distance.
    Satin is duller but offers some stealth over the reflection.

    OH but is in the eye of the beholder! :cool:
  12. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

    Dec 13, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Looks sweet Bob. OD and a polished longslide: a very unique piece there.
  13. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Very nice indeed :)
  14. igorts


    Apr 18, 2006
    if my long slide will arrive with defects i will send it to you to polish!