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Re: Question about repro butt plates
As you suggested, successively finer paper is the answer. Finish the process with either a white 3M Scotch pad or a Fibratex pad in gray or gold. Any of these pads will give a nice glow. Get these where auto refinishers get their painting supplies.
Put some tape on the stock to protect it while you work.
You could also use some Brownell's triple F stock rubbing compound. Cover the entire surface of the plate so it's uniform throughout.
The plastic reproductions are way too shiny. If your objective is to make this look original to the gun you need to tone them down a little.