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Old 10-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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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.

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

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Would fine steel wool and oil be my best bet?

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Would fine steel wool and oil be my best bet?
I'd start with that. Anything beyond that likely isn't worth the trouble.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try and see how it does.

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

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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?

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Just wipe it down with an oily rag.

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