1) PREP & DRAW: Preparation is key. The part must be highly polished before starting. For example, for the parts shown here, from the Model 94 Winchester rifle featured in the “Pimp My Rifle” chapter in my book Gunsmithing Made Easy, I polished the hammer sides and the top of the locking bolt on flat bench stones, starting with fine India and finishing with a hard Arkansas. The key is to just remove any machine marks and polish the surface without removing any more metal than is absolutely necessary. Check the progress often, and as soon as the entire surface shows the same sheen, move to the next finer abrasive.

If some parts are very rough with machining marks and need more than a simple polishing, use a fine, single-cut draw file to draw file the surface. After draw filing, polish with a wheel and an abrasive polish. Finish cleaning the wheel and add jeweler’s rouge for a final polish.

2) GET BUFF: The polishing process is finished with a buffing wheel with red jeweler’s rouge buffing compound. One tip while buffing with a wheel is to watch the angle and where on the part you are buffing. If the buffing wheel catches the front edge of the part, it will snap it from your hands and fling it against whatever is behind the buffing wheel. This can put holes in the wall, damage the part and cause harm to you or any bystander…

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