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    Flitz Polish for Shiny A2 Handguards

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    Just ordered some. Will be trying on PSA oval midlength, RRA midlength and some full length a2 handguards from Numrich.

    Will post results.

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    Skipping the psa handguards because they aren't worth anyones time. Also probably similar process as the rra set, so moving onto the rra set:
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    Starting with a dousing of clp, wipe down and 800 grit scotch brite pad, already yielding results. What u see is a thin layer of clp on the 800 grit sanded part (right).

    Gonna take some time. Could probably get away with starting at a lower grit pad buttfuck it. I think I read somewhere to start at 800 grit... might matter.

    Will update as I go.

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    Anymore picture updates, I am curious about doing the same.

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    I haven't touched an actual set of surplus handguards yet, so I can't speak for that, but if you want to do the same to some commercial, shitty hgs, you're absolutely going to need some CLP, 800 grit scuffing pad (not paper) x2, a 3000 grit sanding pad (not paper) and gloves, sure. Any kind CLP I'm thinking, but powder blast may be more aggressive/better. I'm using break free.
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    The pads can be found at autozone.

    I'm learning just wet sand with clp and the pads. Wear gloves, spray some clp on a spot and go at it until an 800 grit pad squeeks against the plastic for best results. Then do the same with 3000 grit. Keep the pad and work wet with clp. Do the inside corners and tough spots first. Avoid rubbing in one direction for too long.

    800 grit is going to take a long time on brand new hgs. If you're not an idiot you might be able to get away with lightly wet sanding with a coarser grit pad, like maybe 400 on inside corners. I didn't see a 400 pad at autozone.

    This is where I'm at:
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    Before- Top dry, bottom damp

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    Now, dry

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    Now, after oily rag.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to polish with this flitz crap. Trying it on random stuff trying to get a shine out of something.
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    I seem to recall bug juice having the same effect. The white creamy stuff in the OD green tube.

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    Thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stottman View Post
    I seem to recall bug juice having the same effect. The white creamy stuff in the OD green tube.
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    This stuff?

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    Shit is slow going so I'm switching to buffing wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy View Post
    Yep...that's the stuff.
    I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
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    Well I'll see what that does too. Cheap enough.

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    Doing the other one same way, but aided with a buffing wheel. It is definitely quicker. Still a little slow, I'll have to figure out the right wheel to use. I'm also cheating and have some 3M Finesse-it.

    When I have this all figured out I'll update my first post.

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    I have been screwing around with abrasives and polishing for years now and let me save you some frustration. Polishing plastics, especially stuff like zytel/nylon filled/polyamides sucks. It is exceptionally time consuming and shows every imperfection. My advice is buy some polycryllic clear and apply several light coats. It's great stuff, dries really fast, and is really easy to work with. It goes on really thin, so I'd say 5-10 coats should be fine and each coat dries within about 5 minutes. Polish that up afterwards in the way you are already doing and it'll have a beautiful luster. I've done this on a lot of difference surfaces and it has done well for me. I've even added coloration in it for wood refinishing.
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    Progress is being made with a drill.
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    That’s starting to take a shine. I like it

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    Yeah it's getting expensive though with the stuff from autozone. The 800 grit pads dont last long on a drill. The 3000 grit lasts longer, but I'm looking at other options. Still takes so long. A nice thing to have would be courser grit 500 to start out with. I am able to put pressure, though, and get into the corners of the ribs with the current set up on the drill with the two finer grit pads.

    A better set up for these commercial RRA handguards would be:

    Drill, preferably corded, trigger lock is great to have
    Dust mask
    Gloves
    C clamp
    Hook and loop backer pad, soft?
    500, 1000, 1500 grit pads w/ loop backing and foam cushioning (NOT sand paper with loop side or discs)?
    ?
    Time

    This is where I'm at. Can't suggest it yet.
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    I picked up half a dozen A1 and 601 buttstocks awhile back that needed some TLC. I wet sanded them with 1000 grit and used black shoe polish on them. Turned out really spiffy.

 

 
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