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Introduction to Metal Preparation (6 of 7) outlines the steps needed to do a quality metal preparation job on your own gun. Not just the actual steps in polishing, but the first steps you need to know in order to do a quality job. The video also shows the various finishes used by the manufacturers on their original parts, giving you a complete set of guidelines to follow so you can do a professional job yourself and save money. Most importantly, it will give you the satisfaction of doing a quality job, yourself.

For convenience we’ve divided the original videotape into the following sections, which you can navigate to using the following links:

Episode Notes:

You will need:

  • Box
  • Packing material
  • Plastic wrap or paper towels
  • Strapping tape

Now that you are ready to send your polished pieces out for finishing, make sure they are wrapped and packed securely so not to get damaged during shipping.

Before you begin make a packing list which includes the following:

  • Name
  • Street address
  • E-mail address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Type of firearm
  • What you want done
  • List of all parts enclosed
  • Insurance value

Proper packaging should go as follows:

  1. Oil parts well.
  2. Wrap parts in plastic wrap or paper towels.
  3. Wrap packages into bundles.
  4. Pack bundles and packing list into box.
  5. Add enough filler so the contents do not rattle when shaken.
  6. Tape box securely.
  7. Insure the value of contents.
  8. Ship by professional delivery service: UPS, Federal Express.

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