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Cleaning Stainless

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by ZigZagZeke, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I have a S&W 66-2 that is a very highly polished stainless steel. It is so polished that the shop that sold it to me thought it was nickel plated. I was cleaning it tonight and got down to the final wipe down, and I seemed to just be pushing the smudges around on the surface no matter what I tried using. I finally settled on some denatured alcohol on a paper towel, but it's still not perfectly clean and shiny. Anybody out there found what works?
     
  2. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    I use microfiber shop towels, they soak up oils nicely... big bag of yellow ones from Costco lasts forever costs about $8
     
  3. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just remember that stainless steel is still steel and will rust if an oil or other preventative is not used, so don't remove the oil completely with alcohol. Love those mirror finish stainless steel guns. :)
     
  4. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    Would a cleaner like chefs use to clean thier kitchens work?
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use "Simichrome" on my stainless firearms. Just use your fingers to rub it on and a real soft cloth to finish.
     
  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a nickel finish.

    Just sayin:dunno:
     
  7. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Clean with alcohol and microfiber rag.
    Then finish with Renaissance Wax.
    That's what museums use.
    Amazon and Midway have it.
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    Polished with it:
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  8. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Nope, definitely stainless. The shop that sold it really wasn't paying attention. They also missed the fact that it has had a premium trigger job done to it. In SA mode it's almost too light, but I love it.
     
  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Yep, that's what mine looks like. I'll try it.