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    Removing scratches from stainless?

    I have a ss revolver with a few light/moderate scratches on the barell, to remove by hand what is the process? Is this doable or would the sanding make it look worse?

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    I used some chrome polish I got at an Autozone on my Stainless 686, gave it a nice shine and removed most of the small to medium surface scratches.
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    I tried Flitz, but the scratches are too deep. I'ts going to require sanding, I just don't know what grit to use, etc.

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    You may find some elbow grease using Scotchbrite and oil will help produce a new finish of sorts which can help at least disguise the scratches.

    Deep scratches - IMO - you will have to live with. Too much metal removal needed to eradicate those. I wouldn't go coarser than 600 grit if using abrasive paper if possible but that is slow going.
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    You can do it on Stainless.
    You won't make it look worse.
    Buy a sheet of all the 3M Wet Or Dry Silicon Carbide abrasive papers.
    You should have them all anyway.

    If there is roll making on the barrel then you'll (of course) not want to dish that lettering out.
    So you'll need a backing for your desired grit.

    Since your barrel is curved you'll need a small piece of flat, smooth vegetable tanned leather.

    Dampen the little piece of leather and curve it around your barrel and then let it dry to the curve.

    After it's dry remove it and trim it with a pair of scissors.

    Under your grips test the various papers to see which exact grit matches your handgun original finish scratch pattern.

    Glue that one into your curve of the leather.
    Use contact cement or rubber cement.

    Lay that curve on your barrel & lightly pull it along the length of the barrel using very little pressure.

    Naturally if the original scratch pattern is going around the barrel then it's even easier!

    Then just cut a long strip of the closest grit of 3M paper and lightly "Shoe Shine" the barrel to blend your scratches in.


    3 hairs and some air of pressure. LIGHTLY!

    You can either carefully blend the scratch areas or even refinish the entire barrel right on the firearm.
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    Thanks, I know Scotchbrite makes many different products. Which is best?

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    Scotchbrite? Well - It does vary somewhat in its coarseness but probably a small pack from Dollar store would do - small bundle of sheet pieces about 4" x 3". Sort of thing you might keep for kitchen to help scour pots.

    The amount of ''scratch'' from it is usually less than might be expected by its appearance and it does need quite a lot of persistent work to get the result. It does not tho ''cut'' into metal like abrasive paper and so will not make new scratches.

    Best is, experiment if you can on something stainless before doing the gun (old skillet lid maybe). QK has mentioned some useful ideas too.
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    Thanks to P95Carry, QKShooter, and robinsonre for responding.

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    Bead blast it a flat finish natural and never worry about that shiny thing again.

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