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Unread 08-09-2019, 06:54 AM   #1
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What would you do to this trigger guard to make it look better?
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What I did to one of mine.
Ballistal and Fortier pad.
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Apart from cleaning it and removing any actual active rust, there is not much you can do to make it look any different. Just rebluing it.
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Apart from cleaning it and removing any actual active rust, there is not much you can do to make it look any different. Just rebluing it.
Exactly the advice a vintage knife expert would give a collector.

If aggressive polishing is resorted to, e.g., as per a buffing wheel, so as to efface corroded metal, it is a dead giveaway that something incalculably ugly had been there. The imagination runs wild.

With the active rust removed what remains is a cared-for object, with character.
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I've heard of everything from Flitz, Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner, 0000 steel wool, WD 40, baking soda, to Bar Keepers Friend ...

I'm not looking to polish it -- just get the active rust, if that's what it is, out. It's more like tiny spots of corrosion. I think the engraving would look better without it.
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What I did to one of mine.
Ballistal and Fortier pad.

That looks good to me. Maybe others like the patina look better ...
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Ron:

The active rust is red.
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Take Scott G's advice, it will not harm the guard and leave it with it's original finish.
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The active rust is red.
Unfortunately or maybe in this case fortunately I'm red / green color deficient
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Take Scott G's advice, it will not harm the guard and leave it with it's original finish.
A Google search for "Fortier pad" yielded zero results
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