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texaswoodworker 10-19-2013 08:06 PM

Refinshing/polishing textured stainless steel
I just bought a new (to me) 357, and it's finish is not what you would call great. Nothing major. It's a stainless steel gun, looks to be slightly textured, and has yellowed (age?).

It also has small black/dark spots here and there, mostly in a small area of the cylinder like something had been transferred to the gun is a pattern.

Can I just go at it with polish and a buffing wheel, or is there something special I need to do to it? I want it to have the matte/satin finish it most likely had before.

The gun is a Taurus M-35 I think. I didn't see a model number on the gun, so I'm going by what the shop said.


texaswoodworker 10-19-2013 08:22 PM

BTW, it doesn't need a heavy polishing. Just a surface clean where some of the gunk, rust, and yellowing is.

texaswoodworker 10-19-2013 11:05 PM

Would fine steel wool and oil be my best bet?

mountainman13 10-19-2013 11:12 PM


Originally Posted by texaswoodworker (Post 1406826)
Would fine steel wool and oil be my best bet?

I'd start with that. Anything beyond that likely isn't worth the trouble.

texaswoodworker 10-19-2013 11:32 PM

Thanks, I'll give that a try and see how it does. :)

BillDeShivs 10-20-2013 07:59 PM

Are you sure the gun isn't nickel plated???
If so, steel wool will ruin the finish.

texaswoodworker 10-20-2013 11:37 PM

I didn't realize they made M-66s in nickel. I think that's what mine is. I did not hurt the finish though. I only gave it a light cleaning with the steel wool.
What's the best way to clean nickel?

BillDeShivs 10-21-2013 12:27 AM

Just wipe it down with an oily rag.

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