G23 Barrel Polishing 101 (pics)

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  1. GS19classified

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    This weekend I took on a project to polish up the barrel of my G23 2nd Gen.

    I took pictures and followed some instructions I found here on GT. I could never get the "mirror shine" to come out after spending about 4 in the polishing mode. I used Mothers for about 3 hours.

    Any comments would be appreciated to get the shine to come up more.

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    I used the same method and got the mirror shine. Mind you, I used Vinegar.
     

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    oops, so did I !

    I wonder where I went wrong in the process ?
     
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    I think you are right on the money. Its time consuming when doing it by hand.
     
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    [​IMG]

    This was done with mothers mag polish, and microfiber cloths.

    If you ever bump into Bowtie on here, he's the unofficial polish master.
     

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    This coming weekend I will use the micro fiber and spend some more quality time with the barrel.

    Maybe that is the ticket !
     
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    Its a slow process, but well worth it in my opinion. I purposely left the shine off my 35 to avoid glare in competition. The 22C is my experimental range gun. Still cant seem to take the plunge of stippling.

    Let us know how it goes!
     
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    Use a buffing wheel, or felt wheels on a dremel. You have approx 6hrs and 15min in what should have taken 20 min. Mothers and a buffing wheel is all you need.
     
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    there is no way i would try this. I would prob mess somthing up. Do you think the chemicals could harm the inside of the bore?

    Just wonderding.
     
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    I cant answer that question because I dont use any chems.
     
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    +1 Dremel, or even better, a bench grinder with a buffing wheel with a little polishing compound will get you your mirror shine in very little time at all. If ya really wanna go whole-hog, you can get different grit polishing compounds from Home Depot. Use a medium polish to remove the black stuff and an ultra-high luster finishing polish to give you that mirror-shine. It doesn't hurt the barrel at all.
     
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    If you don't have access to a motorized buffer/dremmel, cut some 12 to 18"x 2" wide cloth strips. Apply some polish and finding a way to secure the barrel, polish using a "Shoe Shine" action pulling the cloth back and fourth by holding the ends. Mine went from how yours looks now to chrome in a few minutes.
     
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    vinegar has acetic acid - CH3COOH
    baking soda - NaHCO3
    The reaction between the two amounts to CH3COOH + NaHCO3 -> H2O + NaOCOCH3 + CO2

    Sorry my girlfriend is a chem major.....sorry they are chems.:dunno:
     
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    I agree but I DONT use them..
     
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    do you not use them for a reason.

    Once again im just wondering.
     
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    Just never have, Seems like wasted time in my opinion. If I can pollish one in approx 20 min. then why waste 2 hrs to let it soak?
     
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    i would use your way over the chemicals any day.
     
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    I havent read any negative reports of using the soaking method but others who have used it should chime in soon.
     
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    10 minutes with a cloth buffing wheel, no prep, no compound, will result in a black chrome look. Can also be done by hand with a cloth and flitz, but it takes a long time.
     
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    I'm not going to lie, I actually like that gun metal look you got after the soak and green scrubber.