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Polishing Stainless Steele

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Dan Forrester, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Dan Forrester

    Dan Forrester Active Member

    Mar 21, 2003
    In order to improve the reliability of my suppressed 10/22 I’d like to polish the bolt and hammer where it slides against it. How does one do this? I have a bench grinder and think I have seen cotton or felt wheels for it at home depot. Is that what these are fore; polishing? Also I read to use jeweler’s rouge on the polishing wheel. Is this what to use?

    Also could I polish the aluminum inside the receiver too? I’m planning on purchasing a dremil tool in the next week or two could this be used inside the receiver?

    I’d like to keep this a Home Depot / Discount Auto Parts project. In other words no new equipment, or mail order stuff.

    Thanks, Daniel Vaughn
  2. bountyhunter

    bountyhunter member

    Jan 8, 2003
    I have polished the EXTERNAL of my SS guns on occasion as follows:

    1) Sand/oil with 400# papaer.

    2) Sand/oil with 600# paper

    3) Sand/oil with 800# paper.

    4) hand rub with corase rubbing compound.

    5) hand rub with fine compound.

    6) Dremel/cottom wheel with ultra fine (clearcoat polish)

    It can take a lot of rubbing to get a chrome shiny look.

    Don't go crazy polishing internal fit surfaces as you are increasing tolerances.

    Most AL gun parts require a surface hardening to be usable in a gun. I never polish ANY aluminum part.

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