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#7089964 - 02/23/18 08:31 AM Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new"
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 13764
Loc: Frisco, Texas
I shot with some buddies last week. One guy had a really neat H&R Sidekick 10 shot, .22lr DA revolver. It was stainless steel. It was really covered with carbon around the cylinder. cylinder face, etc. I asked him if he minded if I took his gun home with me and gave it a good cleaning. Of course he jumped at the chance.

I gave it a good overnight soaking in Ballistol hoping this would dissolve some carbon. It worked ok, then I got out some Carbon Cutter, same result. There was allot I just couldn't get off.

I love stainless guns but cant stand the burnt on carbon look. Some guys like it, makes them look like proshooters, love the patina look.

Anyway, I'm looking at a stainless 1911 and wonder , those of you are anal OCDC like me, how do you maintain your stainless guns to keep looking new.

I watched Hickok .45 on YouTube and others, just wondered what all you other OCD members do beside by blued guns.
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#7090002 - 02/23/18 09:00 AM Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw]
JESmith Offline


Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 550
Loc: Allen, TX
I have had decent luck soaking the "burnt" part in brake cleaner and giving it a good scrub. Nasty stuff, will take off most anything, especially parts you don't want it to.

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#7090025 - 02/23/18 09:16 AM Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 168
Loc: Bowie / Crowell, TX
After cleaning, I use Flitz metal polish on the burnt areas.
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#7090059 - 02/23/18 09:44 AM Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Pappybear]
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Woodsman

Registered: 03/06/11
Posts: 185
Loc: N.E. Texas
Originally Posted By: Pappybear
After cleaning, I use Flitz metal polish on the burnt areas.


Yep

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#7090098 - 02/23/18 10:17 AM Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw]
9x19 Offline
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Registered: 10/07/14
Posts: 100
Try this, it works as advertised (not for use on blued finishes):

https://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-c...-prod59702.aspx

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#7091062 - 02/24/18 07:10 AM Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw]
Happy Birthday Marc K Offline
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Registered: 11/02/10
Posts: 936
Loc: Eustace, TX
I use "Mothers" brand metal polish on my stainless revolvers and stainless barrels/feed ramps on my pistols. You can simply clean the parts with a cloth, or bring them to a high polish level with a soft buffer wheel.
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#7091139 - 02/24/18 08:32 AM Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw]
jeepercreeper Offline
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Registered: 11/07/10
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I've found that if you clean them immediately after firing they seem to do pretty well. The burnt carbon only bothers me on high-end 1911s.

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