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Polishing SS Revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by The Rabbi, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. The Rabbi

    The Rabbi member

    I will be getting my first stainless revolver, a Model 65 3" shortly, insh'alla. I have noticed that the finish tends towards a dull grey. Has anyone polished their gun to a high polish? What were the results?
    I am intending to make this my "BBQ gun" so looks are important.
  2. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    Check into some stuff called Sheila Shine. It's for SS. If you don't like the high gloss, you can always dull it again with a Scotchbrite pad. :)
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Two other options are Simichrome and Flitz Metal Polish.

    The first can be bought at any automotive store, as bikers use it
    to polish the chrome on their bikes. Also, its available from The
    Western Wood Doctor for slightly over $6 a tube. And the beauty
    is, this tube will last 5 years (or more) because its kind'a like the
    old Bryl-Cream; " a little dab will do ya". :D

    The other can be found at most well stocked gun shops.
    We sell it, but I'm not exactly sure of the price? Plus the fact,
    I use Simichrome on all of my stainless firearms. ;) :cool:

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member


    Here's a few of mine....






    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  5. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    So Jeff, please explain how you got them to look like that.
  6. The Rabbi

    The Rabbi member

    Ditto that.

    The Python is, AFAIK, nickel, so it looks like that naturally (mine does anyway). But the others??
  7. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    Pythons are (were) available in bright polished stainless (the term Python Elite comes to mind) but in my experience nickel guns always looked much better. Please tell us how you got your stainless guns to look so good!

    I have a new Ruger Vaquero in Ruger's bright stainless finish that need a polishing job like this. Ruger's ideal of polish and my ideal of polish are two completely different things, it seems.

    Edited to add: Just checked the Colt webpage and Pythons are indeed currently offered in stainless, but the polish job doesn't look as good as the pictures above.

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member


    Thanks for thinking the Python is a fake and that it's really nickel.
    Sorry to say that I don't own any nickel guns at this time.
    I'll bet you your choice of any gun I own against any one you own that the Python in the above pic is Stainless.

    The pics don't do them justice either.

    I've been working with Mothers Mag Wheel polish (the paste not liquid).
    By the way, no machines were used on any of the guns pictured. All were done by hand. Also no animals were harmed during the photos. :D

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  9. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    Thanks for letting us know.

    No kidding. I have some of that. Didn't occur to me to give it a try.

    FWIW, I had no doubt your Python was stainless. One dead giveaway with nickel finishes in comparison with stainless is that the nickel finish, over time, takes on an almost yellowish color. Most of the time this will show up in pictures quite readily. My dad once had a six inch nickel Python. Man, that gun was gorgeous. Polish was so high luster that every single hint of a fingerprint was obvious. My dad constantly worried about rust. He finally sold it to a collector for twice what he paid for it (he had it about 10 years). Given the choice between the two, I'd probably opt for the stainless.

    BTW, that Mountain Gun looks really nice. Is that one of the limited first runs? I like the .500 as well.

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member



    Actually the Mountain gun just plain came out sweet looking.
    If you notice, there's NO markings on either side of the gun. I also accented the high edge of Trigger and outter high edge of the Hammer to give it a little bit more polish. The gun looks very clean and Ssssmmmooooth that way.

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

    Here's the flip side

    Here's the flip side of the 629...


    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I polished my pre-agreement Smith & Wesson model 60 to a high, bright shine, only to discover it showed scratches if I so much as breathed on it.

    Now all my stainless steel guns are bead-blasted.

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

    Hey Wolf

    Hey Wolf,

    Send me your address.
    I need to know where to send the breath mints... :D

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  14. ff19106

    ff19106 New Member

    polishing stainless

    Use Blue Magic Polish,You can find it at auto parts stores.

    Relatively cheap and with some elbow grease or a dremel tool the finish comes out as good as a nickel plating job!
  15. deercop

    deercop Well-Known Member

    At the risk of showing my ignorance, how did you get the markings off the Mountain Gun? I have a 629 MG myself, and I would LOVE to get it to look like yours. BEAUTIFUL!!!!
  16. shermacman

    shermacman Well-Known Member

    You could try my method, my S&W .357 in stainless is beautifully coated in: fingerprints, burnt gun powder, partially burnt gun powder, dust, grease, dog hair and several unidentified substances. Gives the gun that "authentic" look that is so treasured! :D
  17. deercop

    deercop Well-Known Member


    At least you can't be accused of having a "pimp gun"!
  18. Thumper

    Thumper Well-Known Member

    Holy crud, Kwazy...those are gorgeous.

    How about detailed "how to?" Or is it just Mother's Mag Polish and a LOT of elbow grease?

    What kind of cloth did you use, how much time, any tricks, etc...
  19. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    I polished my GP100 using a Dremel and semichrome polish. Looked real good but the fingerprints drove me nuts so I bead blasted it.

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member


    Everytime I've gotten into this before regarding my methods to polishing. It always starts out nice and ends with some YaHoos telling everyone to just put the guns to some type of buffing wheels and compounds or Dremmel tools.
    All my guns are done by hand period. That's my preference.
    I've seen the results of people that have polished guns with machines that don't know what they're doing. It's not pretty. They turn out shiney but people tend to round the sharp corners along the frame and also tear into the factory stampings of the guns and destroy a perfectly good gun.
    It takes longer to do it the way I do it, but the results are worth it.
    This again is my opinion.
    My main polish that I use is Mothers Mag Wheel polish. The paste, not the liquid. I also use a soft cotton cloth. Old T-shirts and old used dish towels work well. Generally ones with-out prints. Old cloth diapers work great for final polish and rubbing the gun just to clean it. If they won't scratch your kids A$$, it shouldn't scratch your guns.

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

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