The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 21, 2013, 10:49 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: March 8, 2013
Posts: 6
Polishing SS

I've got a stainless steel Pietta 58 and want to polish out some surface scuffs. Not scratches but more like rubs. Would 0000 steel wool work or will that make it look like a satin finish? I want it to be shiny not satin. Any ideas? TIA Robert
shooter009 is offline  
Old March 22, 2013, 11:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: February 16, 2006
Location: IOWA
Posts: 7,069

I hope I'm spelling this right but for the finish you are trying to get, try some ScotchBrights. First try it on the butt and then progress to the more visible areas. ....

Be Safe !!!
'Fundamental truths' are easy to recognize because they are verified daily through simple observation and thus, require no testing.
Pahoo is offline  
Old March 22, 2013, 12:20 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: January 8, 2013
Location: Washington State
Posts: 235
To get a mirror finish you will need to use a buffing wheel and polishing rouge. Scotchbrite will give you a brushed finish. Or you can buff it by hand with the rouge. Your arm may get sore after a while though.

NEVER use steel wool to rub on a stainless steel. This will embed small particles of steel into the stainless and will cause rust spots. Bronze wool would be better but it will not give you the mirror type finish you are looking for.
blfuller is offline  
Old March 22, 2013, 12:35 PM   #4
Sure Shot Mc Gee
Senior Member
Join Date: January 2, 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 3,340
Sure Shot Mc Gee is offline  
Old March 22, 2013, 12:51 PM   #5
Strafer Gott
Senior Member
Join Date: May 12, 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,315
Polish at right angle to the scratch, or you just might polish the scratch deeper.
You might put a belly in the surface if you remove material chasing the scratch.
An even mirror finish is difficult to achieve, and until the scratch is completely gone, a mirror finish will only add contrast, and might make the scratch appear black. Pahoo isn't far off with taking out the scratch with scotch green pad to a satin finish, and then buff. I have a PPK that i got for half price because of a very scratched finish, like you would get from carrying the piece naked in the pocket with your keys. The pad cleaned it up in a jiffy, and it looked so good in satin, I left it like that. The deal is if I scratch it the green pad takes it right out.
Strafer Gott is offline  
Old March 22, 2013, 06:26 PM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: March 8, 2013
Posts: 6
Thanks for the help guys. Really not scratches but rub marks so I'll try the rouge by hand and then a buffing wheel if needed. Robert
shooter009 is offline  
Old March 22, 2013, 06:35 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: May 27, 2011
Location: Ohio-Kentucky - florida
Posts: 1,221
Polishing SS

The best I've found is SemiChrome. You can find at some cycle shops or ebay.

Sent from iPhone
Garycw is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2018 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07937 seconds with 9 queries