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Old 11-14-2007, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tarnishing badly

I have had a wee bit of a problem with my PGP. When I bought it, it was polished out but had a few fingerprints. So I got the good ole mothers mag&aluminum polish and had the gun to a mirror finish. After every time I use it though it seems to tarnish very quickly. No matter how well I clean it and handle it with a rag. What can I do to keep it looking polished?

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Old 11-14-2007, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, Mother's is a really abrasive polish. It's great for getting out the scratches but you shouldn't be using it regularly on brass to keep a shine. Use something like Brasso or Wenol that is meant for brass.

The brass will tarnish wherever you touch it most quickly because of the acids and oils from your skin. If you want it to keep a shine for a longer period of time you can apply a coat of car wax immediately after polishing. It's not a permanent solution, but it'll keep it a lot longer. Also, be sure to wipe down the brass with a clean dry rag after you touch it or after you clean it off after a day of play.
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Use a polish for automobiles that has a wax.

Wenol for auto dominates all polishes.

As posted above, an auto wax will also help.

Another option is to polish it to the max and apply a clear coat, though eventually the clearcoat will chip and look like ugly door knobs.
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I found liquid wax/coat for vyinal (spelling?) for car interiors works decent. The one I used was a liquid that you could spray on and then wipe off with a rag.
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I have only used the mothers on it twice now, mainly just because it looked this bad. I will go and get some car wax though so it can look good. Then again, I guess the tarnish really doesn't hurt it too much.

And a question. Is there an easy way to rig the little piece that holds the bolt forward. Mine doesn't have it and it gets really annoying trying to fire onehanded and the like.
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Not to mention if you didnt clean it off after the mothers, there was probably a film of the compound on there, which then did what it does best... oxidizes.
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It's called a "patina" Personally, I like a good patina on brass. People call it a living finish for a reason.
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The solution is nickel plating. I rid myself of most of my bare brass since I don't like the upkeep required to keep it looking reasonably pretty.
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Well, for what it's worth, you can gold plate it too. It's not as expensive as you think.
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I like the patina... actually, I just replaced the pump handle on my PGP and will be headed to the art store for some antiquing solution (basically specially formulated acetone) to even out the patina and let the handle "polish" it where it naturally rubs against the body.
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