Refinshing/polishing textured stainless steel

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by texaswoodworker, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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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.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2013
  2. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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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.
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Would fine steel wool and oil be my best bet?
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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

    texaswoodworker New Member

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

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

    texaswoodworker New Member

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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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  8. BillDeShivs

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    Just wipe it down with an oily rag.