Re: cleaning a satin nickel 1911
Buffing is OK i just has to be right speed, right wheel and right compound. Nickel does not react well to high speed buffers so a slower one with higher torque is better. I have a 12 inch Jet buffer that I work with using flannel loose wheels and a blue compound specifically made for plated metals. I've seen people use flitz but that stuff can leave streaks in the finish if used with too much pressure. Inspect the gun closely beforehand, any raised area or cracks can be a indication of whats to come.
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