Polishing ??

Polishing ??

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    Polishing ??

    I have a Kahr PM9 stainless with a few minor scuff marks & scratches on the slide. Is there anything I can do to remove these scuff marks (safely) ??


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    Polish it

    You can polish a stainless gun with various polishing compounds, such as Flitz or Mother's mag wheel polish, and that will remove minor scratches and discolorations. Bear in mind that this will make the gun appear "shiny" instead of the matte or bead-blasted "frosted" finish that many stainless guns have from the factory. Some people like shiny stainless and some like matte stainless, so decide which you are before starting to polish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    You can polish a stainless gun with various polishing compounds, such as Flitz or Mother's mag wheel polish, and that will remove minor scratches and discolorations. Bear in mind that this will make the gun appear "shiny" instead of the matte or bead-blasted "frosted" finish that many stainless guns have from the factory. Some people like shiny stainless and some like matte stainless, so decide which you are before starting to polish.
    +1. The only way I know of to restore a matte finish is just like pogo2 said - bead (or sand) blasting
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    I use flitz and some other metal polish I bought 10 years ago and it seems to work very weel. If the scratches are deep this won't help.

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    I read on another site where a poster claimed to have sucessfully touched up a factory brushed stainless finish using 320 grit paper with oil. I have not tried it yet and if I do it will be tested on a piece of scrap stainless first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesteel View Post
    I read on another site where a poster claimed to have sucessfully touched up a factory brushed stainless finish using 320 grit paper with oil. I have not tried it yet and if I do it will be tested on a piece of scrap stainless first.
    Yep, I've done that, but as you point out, it has to be a brushed finish rather than a 'blasted' finish. Plus, my experience has been that you have to do the entire surface rather than just a section to get a consistent look.
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    I've known guys to use 3m pads to give steel & chrome on motorcycles that brushed finished look. Seems that would be less drastic than sand paper JMO
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    I have a SA 1911 brushed stainless I got used with an Idiot Mark on it. Just last night finally tried brushing them out with a Scotch Brite pad.

    Worked perfectly. Can't see a thing. Took about 2 minutes.

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    Use the green, rectangular, non-metal dish pad from Walmart for a brushed stainless look. Apply a little oil to the surface of the gun first then work with the current grain.

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