Whatta ya clean the black off with?


December 18, 2006, 05:47 PM
I've got a couple (yeah right!) of stainless steel revolvers that are beginning to show some blackened areas around the cylinders. I can get most of it off but some is just real stubborn. Whatta you guys use to get that new in box look again? Thanks.....

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Ben Shepherd
December 18, 2006, 05:53 PM
Lead away cloth. Works very well. Just DO NOT use on blued guns.

December 18, 2006, 06:26 PM
Lead Away cloth is good. Wrap it tightly around a small wooden block to give a good flat surface for cleani ng the cylinder face.

December 18, 2006, 07:52 PM
Gun Bright polish works good. Lately, I've just been taking a brass brush on a dremel to it, though, works just as good and less elbow grease involved. :D Doesn't seem to hurt the metal, leaves no scratches or anything. I don't think I'd wanna use a steel brush, though.

December 18, 2006, 08:17 PM
There are stainless steel bore brushes & tooth brush type brushes for firearms available. Between those and the 'lead away' type cloths your revolver cylinder should shine like a new nickel.

December 18, 2006, 09:13 PM
I use a touch of Flitz on a rag. No strain at all.

December 18, 2006, 09:28 PM
Those rings don't bother me, the thought of increasing cylinder gap does, make sure the methode you choose does not remove metal :eek:

December 18, 2006, 09:29 PM
I don't.

December 18, 2006, 11:56 PM
I like Flitz.

December 19, 2006, 12:06 AM
another vote for Flitz.

Steve C
December 19, 2006, 12:31 AM
I use a patch of the lead wipe away cloth wrapped on the end of a popsicle stick with just a bit of bore solvent added. The bore solvent really helps in cleaning. Gets rid of the black rings. Here's a pic of the cylinder face on my frequently shot model 67 S&W.

December 19, 2006, 12:36 AM
If I do remove it...

Simichrome by Happich . I grew up with this before Flitz even hit the market.
Local Mom&Pop Hardware store should have it.

Lead Away Cloth.

Eraser works.

December 19, 2006, 12:40 AM
Lead Away cloth, cheap and easy...

December 19, 2006, 09:48 AM
Why remove it? It will just come back next time you fire the gun. You do shoot the thing, don't you? Life's too short to spend a lot of time taking character off a revolver.

December 19, 2006, 08:25 PM
Another vote for the lead away cloth. Safe, easy, fast. I can clean my cylinder face and forcing cone in minutes.

I don't know if it is safe or not, but one time a cut a small patch of lead away cloth and ran it down a barrel and chambers just cleaned with Hoppies # 9 and got a fair amount of additional crud out of it.

Here's pics of the cylinder faces on my 686 and 642 after being wiped with a lead away cloth:



Seven High
December 19, 2006, 09:07 PM
I use a typewriter eraser to remove the black rings. Its the one that is round with a brush attached. It works very well.:)

December 19, 2006, 10:01 PM
Seven, I'll remember that if I sell a stainless ? revolver :) But I think the black rings makes the gun look more buisness orientated :D

December 19, 2006, 10:07 PM
Flitz is a great product.

December 19, 2006, 10:18 PM
I use Hoppe's Elite. Works well after a spritz and letting it sit for a while.


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