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Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" #7089964
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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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Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw] #7090002
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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.

Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw] #7090025
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After cleaning, I use Flitz metal polish on the burnt areas.


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Originally Posted By: Pappybear
After cleaning, I use Flitz metal polish on the burnt areas.


Yep

Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw] #7090098
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Try this, it works as advertised (not for use on blued finishes):

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

Re: Keeping stainless steel handguns looking "new" [Re: Buzzsaw] #7091062
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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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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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