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Old 02-23-2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Getting minor scratches out of a stainless gun?

I have just recently obtained a slightly used stainless Springfield Loaded 1911, and it has some minor scratches, nothing big but I would just like to clean it up a bit. What is a good way to polish or buff out the scratches?

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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I use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Wheel Polish. It's what was recommended to me to polish Stainless Steel.
I use that as well. Use a latex glove instead, dab some on the tip and just rub around and watch the white stuff turn to black. Keep rubbing, the black means you are doing its job. Once this starts to dry, then wipe away with a clean rag, and wipe again and inspect. Easy peasy. (whatever peasy means)
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Just don't try it on something like a mossberg mariner that has been clear coated, you will rub the clear matte coat off and then you will have to do the entire gun.

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I use Happich Simichrome Polish. Usually cost between five and ten bucks for a 50oz. tube. A little goes a long way. I rub it in small circles, wipe it off and repeat until you reach the desired sheen.

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IMO, scratches reflect that my handguns are not a safe queens.

But to each, their own.

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IMO, scratches reflect that my handguns are not a safe queens.

But to each, their own.
I can almost understand him wanting to get another person's scratches off of his new gun. Almost. To me use marks on a firearm are like use marks on early American furniture. They show character. Holster wear on a barrel, cylinder ring, and cosmetic grip marks all show the tool is being used as it was intended to be.
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If it is a little more serious than just surface blemishes, try a Dremel with a soft cloth wheel. I have used one to polish my Mauser bolt. Make sure you go with the grain of the stainless brushing. It will make a big difference.

Like this - use lightly - these are about the size of a dime:


or a buffing wheel with the above wheel polish:

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