How To Remove Scratches On SS Guns?

How To Remove Scratches On SS Guns?

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    How To Remove Scratches On SS Guns?

    I've used Flitz and a cotton cloth before to clean up some minor scratches from a stainless steel gun. Applying some Flitz...letting it dry...rubbing it out with the cloth...repeating....

    Worked pretty well after many repeats.

    So, for Xmas, I get a Dremel Rotary tool and see those felt polishing disks. I'm fixin' to clean up some scratches on another SS gun (revolver) and I'm wondering what others do with a Dremel to deal with scratches.

    Any tips/procedures you've found successful?


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    See if your local hardware store carries rouge. I used white rouge (comes in a large crayon looking stick) with my Dremel and the polishing pads to polish my G27 barrel. Dremel also has a cylindrical shaped pad already embedded with some compound, and it's redish or brown. There are several rouges available....according to abrasive qualities. Surface scratches would require less abrasive, and the deeper scratches would dictate a more abrasive rouge such as red. Just do a search for jeweler's rouge, or rouge. There may be some kind of kit out there that has several different rouges so you could find the best one for your application.

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    I have used Flitz and a Dremel before on my SS guns. It works well, you do need to be cautious with how much pressure you apply on the buffing wheel. Some SS's have a "finish" coating over the metal and if you apply too much pressure, you may "burn" a spot on the gun. Not good.
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    Some Stainless undergoes a pacification process that will sometimes slightly alter its color but there is no surface coating that is put on firearm Stainless.

    It is Stainless all the way through to the other side.

    Now some custom firearms are Chrome or Electroless Nickel over Stainless in order to make the firearm all look the same color as say...an Alloy Frame.
    NOT something that you typically need to be concerned about on most factory firearms.

    Remember that SATIN FINISHED or BEAD BLASTED Stainless will end up polished bright if you use metal polish to remove scratches.

    Brushed or Satin finished Stainless can have scratches repaired by using the correct grit of abrasive and sanding and blending in to the existing surface.

    Sand or Bead Blasted Stainless must be reblasted in order to restore the finish.

    Bright or Mirror Polished Stainless can simply be rebuffed bright on a polishing wheel loaded with polishing compound.

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    Is it brushed Stainless Steel or Polished?
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    thanks for the good info

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    For small scratches on my SS Springer I use a Scotch Brite pad.
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    On my feed ramps and barrells I use regular automotive metal polish with the dremel. Brings them to a mirror shine. I'm sure it would do the same to a stainless slide, etc.

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    Scratches, Holster rub marks, etc are just character marks of a well used gun.
    The only guns I have without character marks are my Safe Queens that never get used. As long as it functions all the time, I no longer worry about what it looks like outside. I never plan on selling or trading any of my carry pieces so if they don't look pristine it doesn't matter.

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    Scotbrite pads.

    Red is course,gray is fine.

    I just got done with a Ruger 10/22 stainless barrel that was scratched. I scotchbrited the whole barrel and it looks good.
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