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Old 06-09-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning tarnished stainless???

A few months ago I had a house fire and all my guns were damaged. Now I'm trying to get them all cleaned up and looking good as new. Two in particular I need help with are my Kahr CM9 and my stainless Taurus PT-99.

The stainless on both is all tarnished and almost marble looking especially on the Taurus. Not sure if it was from the heat, the water or the water hitting the hot metal perhaps. Regardless, I shot both today and they shoot great. Brake cleaner nor Froglube will clean up the tarnish. Not sure if it can be polished out or not. I'm afraid the pattern is all the way through the metal BUT I don't think either got that hot. Didn't melt the grips or anything on either pistol....just nasty looking metal parts now.

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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Old 06-09-2013, 01:19 AM   #2
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IF it didn't get hot enough to melt the plastic grips or frame, the structurally you should be ok.

You can try Flitz metal polish. If that doesn't take the stains out of the metal, then you may want to consider having them refinished with a bake on finish, or bead blasted.

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The discoloration is only on the surface. It may require some abrasion to remove, but it can be done.

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Try the lead removing cloth. I think it's Bircheood Casey. It polished my 629 just fine. A good start before going too abrasive.

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Another vote for the Birchwood Casey cloth. If that does not work, Flitz, soft cloth, rub til your arm falls off, switch hands. And temps lower than melting point of plastics- heat treatment and temper of springs should be OK.

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I've used Mothers mag and aluminum polish to shine up a gun to a mirror like finish. Just use a surgical glove and rub your fingertip in circular motions and wah lah!

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Mothers as stated above.

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Sorry- Mother told me to stay out of her polish, and buy my own!

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1. Where do I get the birch wood Casey cloth?
2. You just use mothers by itself and a glove?

I figured is have to use a Dremel and a buffing wheel or Nevr-dull or something.

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Farmboy,

I would advise to pay attention to what DOC advised. If the grips melted at all you may be courting a disaster. Just because they shot good today does not mean that they will not rupture some day. But as he stated if the grips did not melt you are normally good to go. Water and heat could have easily created the surface tarnish you spoke of. Flitz is my suggestion. I have used it on my stainless revolvers and it puts a tremendously good shine on them. Most if I continued looked like a chrome revolver.

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