How can I take scratches off a stainless gun


October 9, 2008, 08:17 PM
hello ive got a springfield 1911 loaded a1 and it was my first 1911 and i diddnt know how to correctly put the slide release back in, so i ended up putting a freakin half moon scratch that starts mid slide and ends near the trigger guard on the gun before i got it in:banghead::cuss:. I later figured out how to put it in correctly but the scratch it still there. How do i remove it?????

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October 9, 2008, 08:36 PM
If it's a brushed stainless finish you can use some 000 Synthetic steel wool and brush "lightly" with the grain to blend the mark away. I probably don't have to tell you not to try it with some of the matte stainless finishes.
Make sure you get the synthetic steel wool...I think I got mine from Lowes, in the gray pad form.

October 9, 2008, 09:24 PM
somebody told me scotch bright works it that true?

Claude Clay
October 9, 2008, 09:46 PM
jokingly called the idiot mark. but you have lots of company--polish as much of it out as makes you happy. if you practice failure drills and reassembly under duress, the marks are inevitable. like a car that's driven--its going to show some wear and tear as it ages even with the best of maintenance. use and enjoy.

October 9, 2008, 09:59 PM
The Scotchbright pads work, that's just a namebrand of the synthetic steel wool. You may have to buy a few to get the right texture.
I bought a second hand Ruger GP 100 that had quite a few scratches that I blended to look new again. Just use a light touch or better yet let the weight of the pad be the only pressure you put on it and the abrasive will do the rest.

October 9, 2008, 10:00 PM
dupe, sorry


October 9, 2008, 10:03 PM
Scotchbrite (no scratch) pads are recommended by the folks on the Seecamp forum for removing scratches from their stainless steel Seecamp pistols.


October 9, 2008, 10:49 PM
Green Scotch-Brite pads seem to match the typical "brushed" stainless finish most manufacturers use. Just gently apply in the same direction as the "grain" of your finish.

Deeper blems can be worked out with 3M Automotive Wet/Dry sandpaper, again in the direction of the "grain" of your gun's finish. For most guns, starting with 220, going to 320, then 400 will approximate most finishes. Some shinier finishes can go as far as 600 grit, and I've never found a need to go beyond 800 grit.

Cover Dog
October 10, 2008, 08:33 AM
I used the scotch-brite sponge pad the other night on my wifes Sig 232. Put a little Flitz on it, and it worked great.

October 10, 2008, 09:48 PM
I used steel wool with a fineness of 0000 which works GREAT if u go with the grain. Works much better than scotch brite because its much finer. So thanks all.

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