How do you shine and polish stainless steel???


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Greg8098
April 5, 2007, 01:30 AM
I am looking for a quick, easy and safe way to polish up my S&W. I'm not concerned with bead blasting or anything like that, just something that can be done quickly at home. Hopefully something thats not abrasive also :uhoh: .

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PotatoJudge
April 5, 2007, 01:35 AM
Mothers Mag Polish or Flitz, the former being preferred. As far as I know anything that will poilsh is abrasive, but it's not something to worry about with these polishes. Don't use jeweler's rouge (the red stuff).

ArchAngelCD
April 5, 2007, 01:42 AM
FLITZ is some great stuff... A little goes a very long way.
Get all their products right here: http://www.flitz.com/index.html

CWL
April 5, 2007, 02:12 AM
After you polish your pistola, put a coat of car wax on it to keep it shiny.

1 old 0311
April 5, 2007, 06:55 AM
+1 on Mothers Mag Wheel Polish.

JoeHatley
April 5, 2007, 12:39 PM
Flitz, a mico fiber cloth, and about an hour or so.

http://www.iowatelecom.net/~hatley/625mg_45lc_t.jpg

Joe

SaxonPig
April 5, 2007, 01:26 PM
I must be doing it wrong. I tried using Flitz and after three hours all I did was make it clean, not shiny. A 1 horse-power bench grinder with a polishing wheel works much better.

OH25shooter
April 5, 2007, 03:02 PM
I tried using Flitz and after three hours all I did was make it clean, not shiny.

Same here. It becomes very shiny clean, but not shiny polished. Hand rubbing cannot compare to a polishing wheel buff job.

PotatoJudge
April 5, 2007, 03:10 PM
The end result may have to do with the original treatment of the stainless (brushed vs bead blasted). Power buffers are faster and can do a better job in the right hands, but leave lots of room for error for the inexperienced.

What was the stainless like before you guys started?

gpr
April 5, 2007, 06:09 PM
400 sand paper, for rough spots, dremmel tool with#520 buffer= like glass....gpr

Gaucho Gringo
April 5, 2007, 09:50 PM
When I used to work in restaurants over 35years agio they had stainless steel cleaner and polish in a spray can. I don't remember the name of it but it worked great. Have you ever seem what hot greasy stuff does to stainless steel? Unless you have the right stuff it can be a mess and take forever to clean. Try a restaurant supply house.

GUNKWAZY
April 6, 2007, 07:55 AM
Please don't use ANY tools if you've never done it before.
It will take a little longer if done by hand, but you will be amazed at how easy it could be done.
Here's one of my creations.
All done by hand usuing NO TOOLS, just elbow grease and Mothers Mag polish (paste) and finished with Mothers Billet polish (also paste).
Been doing this for years and I'll always get compliments and if i ever sell one, I will get more for it,, because it looks professional.
Good luck.

http://members.aol.com/toykwazy/engraved500.jpg

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

Jubjub
April 6, 2007, 08:22 AM
I like to retain the brushed appearance, not make the surface bright and shiny.

The finer grades of Scotch-Brite pads work very well. They come in green, maroon, gray, and white, in order from coarse to fine. Green is too coarse for guns. I usually start with gray and switch to white. White is approximately equivalent to 0000 steel wool.

You can get them from woodworking suppliers.

They also work great for dewhiskering walnut stocks during finishing, and for rubbing down between coats of oil. The finish ends up very silky.

loplop
April 6, 2007, 08:36 AM
:what: Gunkwazy that looks fantastic. Nice work.

Ala Dan
April 6, 2007, 08:43 AM
Att: Greg

I use Flitz Metal Polish, and a lot of elbow grease (:D :D :D)~!

Don Lu
April 6, 2007, 09:36 AM
http://users.powwwer.net/ckds/ebay/38rounds.jpg

http://users.powwwer.net/ckds/forums/638buff.jpg

loplop
April 6, 2007, 12:00 PM
:what: Looks like nickel!

DrLaw
April 6, 2007, 12:37 PM
The finish looks superb on that .500, but the gun looks like it was rear-ended by a Mack Truck! :eek:

PotatoJudge wrote: The end result may have to do with the original treatment of the stainless (brushed vs bead blasted). Power buffers are faster and can do a better job in the right hands, but leave lots of room for error for the inexperienced.



What would an original Model 66 finish have been, stainless brush or bead blasted? When they first came out the officers on our shift decided to get the Model 66 and all would look like each other with guns. Naturally, when the guns came in, they transferred us to other shifts. :mad:

The Doc is out now. :cool:

GUNKWAZY
April 6, 2007, 12:49 PM
I'm not sure about the Mack truck, but here's a Ruger after some elbow grease.


http://members.aol.com/toykwazy/ruger1.jpg

S&W mountain guns can even get blingy with a little Mothers...

http://members.aol.com/toykwazy/swmtn44.jpg

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

DrLaw
April 6, 2007, 12:52 PM
STOP, THE LIGHT IS BLINDING ME!! :D

The Mack truck thing is refering to the hammer being right over the backstrap - practically, whereas on a regular Smith the frame extends back a tad more. Just being humorous.

The Doc is out and putting on his shades now. :cool:

PotatoJudge
April 6, 2007, 12:54 PM
I think all early stainless guns were brushed.

tecrsq
April 6, 2007, 03:07 PM
I use Blue Magic on all my sixguns and pistols, makes it really bright and smooth it also takes less time to clean the exterior after shooting as well. IMHO

It's a general metal polish and can be purchased at WalMart and auto parts stores.

PigPen
April 6, 2007, 05:12 PM
Just be certain that you want bright stainless before you polish the pistol that much.

If you polish a S&W 629 for example, it will clean extremely well. Polish a little to long or hard with Flitz and the finish will start to get shinny. Now you may think that looks good but if you handle it, finger prints get everywhere you touch it! Then it actually looks worse!!

I say, clean by rubbing lightly with Flitz. It is great for gun powder. Then, when clean, apply a good Carnauba wax and buff with a clean dry rag. Let the piece alone and dry for a day. Then you got something.

PigPen

GUNKWAZY
April 6, 2007, 07:09 PM
Did someone say 629 ?

http://members.aol.com/toykwazy/sw629.jpg

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

bean357
April 6, 2007, 11:05 PM
I've used Flitz, Mothers, and Blue Magic, and have been happy with all. With the MN roads and the salt, I use all of them on my truck wheels as well, so we're good to go.

JoeHatley, I'm thinkin' I'd like to hire ya for shooting lessons ;) I'd venture south...anyway, nice shooting!

Jeff, VERY nice, always enjoy your shiny revolver pics :D

10-Ring
April 6, 2007, 11:07 PM
I have really learned to appreciate Mothers mag wheel polish & a buffing wheel.

Mainspring
April 7, 2007, 02:26 AM
Flitz PASTE. I had no luck with the luquid Flitz, but was amazed at what the paste did in relatively short order with a simple cotton rag.

G95
June 3, 2007, 06:25 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Simichrome-Metal-Polish-Restorers/dp/B0006ZN9TS

http://www.amazon.com/Polishes-Simichrome-Polish-250-gram/dp/B00068WNZG/ref=pd_sim_hi_2/002-1703639-3253614

gdvan01
June 3, 2007, 06:32 AM
Flitz.

krolden
June 21, 2008, 12:53 AM
I have a 1911 loaded in stainless steel. I was thinking about polishing it but wondered what purpose polishing a pistol does, and will it make it more resistant to rust and wear? This is my primary CCW piece, so I am just wondering if there are any benefits or should I just leave it alone. Thanks

Shade00
June 21, 2008, 01:02 AM
Polishing questions seem to get asked a lot. Heck, just a couple of days ago I asked a similar question, but pertaining to nickel and blued guns. IMHO, it would be a great idea to make a sticky in one of the forums with suggestions (and the usual disclaimers) about how to achieve the desired polish. It might take a little work, but I think it could be worth it, as information can be scarce; new gun owners are understandably skittish when it comes time to polish their high-dollar guns.

krolden
June 21, 2008, 01:09 AM
So overall is there any benefit, or is it just aesthetics? I was a little worried when some people mentioned "sanding", because it seems to me once the polish is gone, the pitting would allow itself to be open to rust.

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