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Old 03-23-2017, 05:05 PM
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Smile Colt Defender - Polished Steel, Aluminum, and 24k Gold

I've done a few pistols with 24k plated parts (I outsource the plating work), but this is the first Colt Defender. The polished stainless, aluminum, and gold look great together! Not my style personally, but this is a very nice piece, if you're into the bling.











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Old 05-18-2017, 06:22 PM
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I can't believe the aluminum frame! That's amazing.
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:04 PM
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I can't believe the aluminum frame! That's amazing.
Thanks, man. I've got to take some before/after photos of the next Defender I get in. It's hard to believe the aluminum frame goes from looking like concrete dust to this!
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:54 PM
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It will be mine. Per our email. I'm sending in my defender plus. Can't wait.
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:57 PM
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It will be mine. Per our email. I'm sending in my defender plus. Can't wait.
Awesome! I've never even seen a Defender Plus firsthand, let alone worked on one.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:09 PM
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Is there a coating on the aluminum frame that seals it from oxidizing?
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:15 PM
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^^^^my question too?
I'm not a metallurgist but isn't the anodizing gone now? polished away??
It's still a great job! Not my thing but someone is gonna be ecstatic to get it back!
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:11 PM
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I have experimented with various coatings (clear coat, lacquer, clear Cerakote) over the years, but they are no good. While they do prevent oxidization, they also significantly detract from the shine and they also make the metal feel like it's painted instead of bare metal.

While bare aluminum will oxidize over time, the maintenance require to keep it at bay is super simple. A light hand buff with a microfiber and a little dab of metal polish (Mother's, Flitz, et al.) every once in a while is all it takes to keep polished aluminum looking new. It takes literally 30 seconds to rub a little polish on the frame and lightly buff it off. That's all there is to it. This is the last thing I do to aluminum-framed guns. Even if you do slip up on the maintenance for a while and see some oxidation, a slightly less gentle hand buffing takes it out no problem. Unless you store the gun long term in a wet sock or something, it's not much of a concern
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