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Old 03-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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I have a S&W Trooper 357 service rev. I have had it under my pillow for 10 years. It is now caked with a thin film of hardened body oil from my head and pillow.

If you buff it with a wheel it will come off and give a good shinny finish again.

I can't get into a lot of places with the wheel so is there some kind of liquid I could use such as acetone or lacquer thinner? (that wouldn't hurt the nickel or under layer of copper?

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You sleep with a gun "under" your pillow?



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You sleep with a gun "under" your pillow?
Yep. I tried it with the gun on top of the pillow but it was too hard for my head.
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Maybe it's time to invest in a nightstand

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SRK97, do you have any ideas how I could clean the hardened layer of dirt off the Nickle finish of my 357?

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Take it to a gunsmith.

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Flitz and a buffer wheel. It'll take time and energy but you'll do it. I tried a couple different compounds but flitz worked the best.

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Took a friends S&W from this

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Flitz and a buffer wheel. It'll take time and energy but you'll do it. I tried a couple different compounds but flitz worked the best.

Took a friends S&W from this

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If it is just the oil with no pitting, you could completely disassemble it and put it in hot water with dawn detergent. Use a soft cloth or brush. Then remove it and rise it well with hot, hot water. Dry it completely, you can use a hair dryer, or even put the parts in an oven on low for about 15 minutes. Then oil it and reassemble.

Soap and water is not a bad cleaning soulution as long as you dry things well and oil when you are done.

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And clean it more than once every 10 years.


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