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Old February 20, 2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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polishing stainless steal

I just purcahsed a used S&W model 66 revolver stainless. I want to polish it up. I Have dremel with a flex cable attachment for it. Could I use this tool with some buffer's? and what kind of rubbing comound should I use. Would the dremel produce too much heat friction for SS? Or any suggestions!
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Old February 20, 2006, 10:53 AM   #2
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Flitz and a rag. Dremel really is needed, just a little time.



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Old February 20, 2006, 11:18 AM   #3
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Nice looking, thats what i'm hoping. Whats flitz? and what kind of compound did you use or is flitz a rubbing compound? thanks
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Old February 20, 2006, 12:20 PM   #4
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I used Mother's Mag polish. My GP100 wears a mirror finish (it is easy to clean, but fingerprints are very noticible.) If I had it all to do over again, I'd probably leave it in it's factory finish.
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Old February 20, 2006, 02:16 PM   #5
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Joe- Your .45 looks fantastic! Did that star out as a brushed stainless pistol? How long did that labor of love take? If Superpelly or I polish our guns, do we need to disassemble and clean out any leftover polishing residue?
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Old February 20, 2006, 04:56 PM   #6
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superpelly, www.flitz.com has several products. I use the basic metal polish.

Phxdog, I actually didn't start out to polish that PC625. The last step of my normal cleaning routine is to wipe the gun down for a couple minutes with a cloth and Flitz. It not only removes any fouling from the front of the cylinder, but it also leaves a protective finish that makes the next clean up easier. After a few "cleanings" I started noticing the brushed finish was starting to shine up, so I went ahead and spent an hour or so.

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Old February 20, 2006, 05:04 PM   #7
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Thanks -Did you use any type of high-speed buffer?
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Old February 20, 2006, 06:56 PM   #8
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Also look for Lead Clean Gun Cloth by Pro-Shot Products, usually around $4-5. The work great for getting the black residue off of the cylinder.
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Old February 20, 2006, 08:09 PM   #9
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Anybody use scotch brite pads on their SS guns ? read some stuff on it.
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Old February 20, 2006, 08:56 PM   #10
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Scotch brite works very well.
Never use steel wool. It will embed in the metal and cause rust to form.
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Old February 21, 2006, 05:15 PM   #11
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Did you use any type of high-speed buffer?
No. Just a rag.


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Old February 21, 2006, 06:40 PM   #12
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Though I've used Flitz for several years. I've also used Simichrome Polish and Wenol Polish as well. All three are German polishes and are very effective for shine and protection. The down side is they don't come cheaply. $17.00-$20.00 for the tube of 150 gr of Flitz.
The best bang for the buck in my experience is the Blue Magic metal polish, available anywhere auto supplies are sold. It's about .50/oz
...and yes Mother's is a winner as well.

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Old March 2, 2006, 03:44 PM   #13
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OK ,Almost all done polishing it. Looking good. I have about 5 hours of polishing so far, Wow, long process. Will post pics when done.
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Old March 2, 2006, 10:14 PM   #14
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I had a 686 that was polished to a mirror finish by a jeweler. That thing was nice, but as mentioned above it showed fingerprints and smudges very easily. As sweet as it looked, I've never done it to any of my other guns.

And fwiw, here's a site with some good info and top notch polishing supplies for metal. I've used their stuff on some motorcycle parts and loved it.

http://www.caswellplating.com
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Old March 2, 2006, 10:32 PM   #15
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No dremel. The buffing wheel is too small and it'll give you an inconsistent polish. However, the dremel may be used to polish out the cylider flutes. I'd use Simichrome and rub, rub and rub.
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