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Old 01-16-2016, 11:54 AM
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I posted my new 66-1 on my local forum and someone suggested Fitz. Another member, whom I have immense respect for his S&W knowledge said "Don't you dare."

Thoughts please?

BTW: Everything matches. I am in love with this gun.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:59 AM
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That seems too nice for me to polish. I always think someone is trying to hide something when they mess with the factory finish.

That being said, you're presumably not selling and I'm not buying it so you can certainly do as you wish.

Just my two cents worth...
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Go ahead and Flitz it if you want to kill it's collector value.

You have the box, paper, and tools. Polishing it will only make it another shooter. You could have bought a shooter grade for much less.
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Are you talking about using Flitz polish on it - or making a Fitz special out of it?
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OMG - a Fitz special??? Noooooooooooooooo.
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It depends on HOW you use it! Flitz used with caution and a light hand is a good thing. Flitz used with vigor can be a bad thing. I like Flitz, but I always use it with only my index finger and lightly. It is fantastic as a cleaner, but it does have the ability to polish stainless well beyond the factory look. I like the factory satin finish on most S&W stainless guns. But Flitz, Mother's Mag Polish and other products have the power to alter that finish. You will have to decide.

I have some vintage blued safe queens that I recently gave a light Flitz cleaning. I was shocked that they had an invisible fine coat of rust on them that the Flitz easily removed. My clean white cotton rags came out orange. Now after a coat of Renaissance Wax, I'm confident they will be safe from rust for a long time.
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I'm not the brightest guy, but I am beginning to get the point. :0 I had no idea on the impact of using Flitz.

This is why when my friend replied with a curt "Don't you dare" I suspected I should listen. And the local seller is a true collector of fine guns and a class act, and obviously he is not a man to use fitz.

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Why man, those Fitz guns were neat!
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Old 01-16-2016, 12:14 PM
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Flitz used with caution and a light hand is a good thing. Flitz used with vigor can be a bad thing. I like Flitz, but I always use it with only my index finger and lightly. It is fantastic as a cleaner, but it does have the ability to polish stainless well beyond the factory look. I like the factory satin finish on most S&W stainless guns. But Flitz, Mother's Mag Polish and other products have the power to alter that finish. You will have to decide.

I have some vintage blued safe queens that I recently gave a light Flitz cleaning. I was shocked that they had an invisible fine coat of rust on them that the Flitz easily removed. My clean white cotton rags came out orange. Now after a coat of Renaissance Wax, I'm confident they will be safe from rust for a long time.
Thank you for your conditional point of view. I am no where near competent enough to make that fine distinction. My 66 will remain as is. Just groped a heck of a lot. It will give my gropable wife a break.
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By all means polish it til it shines like a cheap faucet and then throw on a flashy set of faux pearl handles and show it off in a "Miami Vice" style shoulder holster... Sorry, I'm usually not so snarky. It looks great in the photos love it for what it is and if you still feel the urge to shine something, buy a bowling ball.
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FWIW, I generally wait till the gun has a few scuffs and /or scratch's before I think about polishing it. Even then, I tend to use Mother Mag Polish as it's less abrasive then flitz. A grey scotch-bright pad can do a decent job of dulling it out again if desired. In fact the SB pad can touch up a factory scuff here and there to further avoid /delay polishing.
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Go ahead and Flitz it if you want to kill it's collector value.

You have the box, paper, and tools. Polishing it will only make it another shooter. You could have bought a shooter grade for much less.
OH MY GOD NO!!! Flitz or Fitz will HALF the value of the gun!!! Find an old shooter condition to do that type of sacrilege to!
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I would not Flitz or Mothers that gun.

What I would do is put a light coat of Renaissance Wax on it and use that in circles. That will pretty it up,cut won't do any thing to the finish.

BTW, if someone Does Flitz or Mothers a gun, it can be brought back to a brushed finish instead of a polished one with Scotchguard.

But I agree with the others, this one is good as is for sure.
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I acquired a no dash Model 67 that had some pits and gouges in the finish. It shoots fine and is a great outlet for heavy handed polishing. I recommend a project gun like this if you have an inclination to polish. I still haven't got all the marks polished out.
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Are you talking about using Flitz polish it - or making a Fitz special out of it?
Inquiring people want to know. You could end up with a shiny gun and half of a trigger guard.
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I acquired a no dash Model 67 that had some pits and gouges in the finish. It shoots fine and is a great outlet for heavy handed polishing. I recommend a project gun like this if you have an inclination to polish. I still haven't got all the marks polished out.
I Flitzed, Mothers'D and Ren waxed this 629-1 as it was the same deal as your 67. Had a lot of scuffs and light scratches, which is fine, it cleaned up real nice. Amazing trigger, very accurate, and it looks nice with the Kuracs.







I shoot this gun, it is by no means a safe queen. And it always clean it back up nice.

It's not pinned and recessed (I have a 629 no dash and 29-2), but it has it where it counts and I shoot it.

That 66 is in a little different territory though, I'd leave the finish alone on it.

But your 67 and my 629-1 illustrate how if you want, you can clean one of these babies up and give some new life to a neglected gun.

I know Smith and Wesson made tons of revolvers, but they are too nice to neglect. I like cleaning mine up. It's a beauty now, it really is.
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FWIW, I'd leave the 66-1 as is. If nothing else, you can always do the polish at a later date - but once done, it's done.
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You can lightly polish it with Flitz. All you have to do to get the original finish back is use the gun in a holster or just continue using it. My came out shiny and I did not put much effort into it. After using it everyday, it is going back to a non-shiny finish.
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The first sergeant I worked for carried a stainless Ruger Security-Six that he polished with Flitz or Happich. It shined like a nickel plated Colt Python. Our department banned nickel finishes on our weapons, and the sergeant may have done that to irritate our armorer, but his leather and brass and boots always gleamed, so mebbe not. In homage or tribute, a couple of other rookies on the shift and I decided to polish our guns, the other two had Model 66's. I chickened out and polished my back-up, a Model 60. That DID piss off our armorer.

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Wow! Lots of hate for Flitz in this thread! Most of the respondents here must really despise nickel plated guns.
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To the O/P, lots of good advise given. I for one don't recommend a polish of any sort on your M-66. Yet if you want to clean it up, give it a lite wipe down with a lead-a-way cloth. It's amazing how much carbon, lead, and powder flowing you can remove, without affecting the finish.

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One thing to note on the lead away cloth, it is fine on Nickel, it is fine on Stainless.

On a blue gun, it will take the finish right off.
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I did the flitz treatment on my GP100 and like the look. I wouldn't even think of doing it to my 1970's model 66. If I bought a new S&W I might consider it, but definitely not that gun.
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Polishing and waxing shouldn't be mentioned as being one of the same as they are not. I Renaissance Wax all my revolvers although I don't collect nickle so I can't speak to that outcome from waxing. I do like the idea of the wax acting as a sealant or moisture repellent in the case of either my blued or SS revolvers. I do replenish it between cleanings and can state for a fact it cuts external cleaning in half. I also don't mind the slight gloss or enhancement it gives a older beautiful blued gun. I have tried Flitz polish in the silver tube a couple times on SS revolvers and it seems you can easily feel a bit of grittiness by rubbing it between your thumb and index finger, that is enough for me to determine it is not suitable for a blued gun. I stand by Renaissance Wax, I think it is both safe and functions as a great moisture repellent.
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Polishing and waxing shouldn't be mentioned as being one of the same as they are not. I Renaissance Wax all my revolvers although I don't collect nickle so I can't speak to that outcome from waxing. I do like the idea of the wax acting as a sealant or moisture repellent in the case of either my blued or SS revolvers. I do replenish it between cleanings and can state for a fact it cuts external cleaning in half. I also don't mind the slight gloss or enhancement it gives a older beautiful blued gun. I have tried Flitz polish in the silver tube a couple times on SS revolvers and it seems you can easily feel a bit of grittiness by rubbing it between your thumb and index finger, that is enough for me to determine it is not suitable for a blued gun. I stand by Renaissance Wax, I think it is both safe and functions as a great moisture repellent.
That gun is handsome.

I am a big fan of Ren Wax too.

A buddy of mine has a nice 19-5.

Last year for Christmas, I told him to give me the gun for a week, as I was going to clean it for him. He is horrible about cleaning his guns.

I also had something special for him as well.

So I used Ballistol and got all of the crud off of it, and cleaned the barrel, removing a lot of powder and other build up.

I then took the Pachmyrs off of it, and put on a set of Factory at-Frame Targets that I found for $25.00 that were perfect. I then I Ren waxed the gun and the grips.

It looked like it was new in the case. I gave it back to him, and he couldn't believe how nice it looked.

He's not into S&Ws like we are, he likes them fine, but he really liked the way it looked when I gave it back to him.
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