cleaning nickle of caked and dried on body oil.

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Clarkkent, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Clarkkent

    Clarkkent New Member

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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?

    Thanks, CK
     
  2. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You sleep with a gun "under" your pillow?
     

  3. Clarkkent

    Clarkkent New Member

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    Yep. I tried it with the gun on top of the pillow but it was too hard for my head.:D
     
  4. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Maybe it's time to invest in a nightstand
     
  5. Clarkkent

    Clarkkent New Member

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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?

    Thanks, CK
     
  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Take it to a gunsmith.
     
  7. GrtWhytHype

    GrtWhytHype New Member

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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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    To this!
     
  8. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Damn!!!!!!
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    And clean it more than once every 10 years.
     
  11. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    You can use a hydronic cleaner if you have access to one. Most gunsmith shops will have one they can use.
     
  12. Clarkkent

    Clarkkent New Member

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    Thanks to all. CK