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I would like to blue a 1911 with polished sides and matte on the top and bottom. Can anyone please recommend the proper aluminum oxide grit size for this?

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Well, for the flat sides of the slide I use 320 grit to remove the finish and any corrosion/scratches. Then I jump up to 500 or 600 to polish. Then 1000 grit, and then to 1500 grit. All this with honing oil on a piece of hard plastic or glass. Sometimes I use automotive rubbing compound or polishing compound if I wanna get REAL slick, but that's your call...

I don't know about the top or other matte sections.

I'm sure others will have their own advice shortly...:)
 
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