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Thread: Refinishing Stainless Revolvers

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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar

    Refinishing Stainless Revolvers

    Has anyone had any previous experience in refinishing a stainless steel revolver?
    I am looking for ideas on a project im considering for an older SS Redhawk that has minimal light dings and light scratches on the frame. Id like to make it look new again, and possibly give the overall finish a more buff (less shiny) appearance.

    I think most of the scratches are light enough to be handled by elbow grease and steel wool, but I want it to come out with a nice consistant refinish.

    Media Blasting might work also, and should end up giving it a nice uniform overall finish. This was one idea I was considering.

    Does anyone have any experience with refinishing Stainless Steel?
    Any ideas are welcome..

    Thanks
    Buck8Point

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    Tx_oil Tx_oil's Avatar
    Bead blasting, or aluminum oxide will give you a non reflective matte finish.

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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar
    Thats exactly the finish that I'm looking for.
    Are there any particular do's and don'ts I should know about in getting it done?
    Ive done sand blasting, but have never tried any other media beyond sand.

    Buck8Point

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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar

    Media Blasting

    As far as Blast Cabinets go, Tractor Supply sells 2 fairly inexpensive models, if anyone is interested.

    Has anyone tried this on a Stainless gun that I could see what the results would look like?

    Buck8Point

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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LSP972 View Post
    Perhaps I wasn't clear. And yes, I've seen it on many stainless guns. It gives a satin, non-glossy surface... which is what you said you were looking for.

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    Yea I appreciate the reply, I was just hoping that someone might also have some pics of what it will look like after media blasting. Just wanted to see what the end result would look like before I commit to doing it. I thought someone might have some example pictures handy that they could share.

    Buck8Point

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    Marksman littlebob's Avatar
    To answer your question, I don't know but would like to hear what you find out. do you have a blast cabinet? Harbor Freight has some cheap sometime. there a lot of different blast media out there and I want to blast an old S&W K22 I have (blued).
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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by littlebob View Post
    To answer your question, I don't know but would like to hear what you find out. do you have a blast cabinet? Harbor Freight has some cheap sometime. there a lot of different blast media out there and I want to blast an old S&W K22 I have (blued).
    No I dont have a blast cabinet yet, but I have been looking at the ones at Tractor Supply.
    I know I could use it for a lot of small / light applications, I just dont have the room for it and a compressor in my very small shop yet. Im planning on building a new much larger metal building, but that will be sometime next year.
    The refinishing project is not a necessity, just something id like to get done.
    It would be fun to experiment anyways, it might be fun to do.

    Buck8Point

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    REVOLVER DRIVER smith625's Avatar
    If you don't like it then you sand and polish it, it is just that simple, stainless is great that way. Blast away. You will have a lot of nooks and crannies to get the glass beads out of though.
    The difficult i can do right away, the impossible may take a little longer.

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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by smith625 View Post
    If you don't like it then you sand and polish it, it is just that simple, stainless is great that way. Blast away. You will have a lot of nooks and crannies to get the glass beads out of though.
    Now see, there is something I didnt think of.. Having to dig out the beads.
    Thanks for the advice. I think I will give it a shot here in the future.
    Buck8Point

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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buck8Point View Post
    Now see, there is something I didnt think of.. Having to dig out the beads.
    Thanks for the advice. I think I will give it a shot here in the future.
    Buck8Point
    Practice on a scrap piece of metal. It's not to easy to get the finish to come out even. Gotta work it kinda like a paint gun, smooth.
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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by scooterj View Post
    Practice on a scrap piece of metal. It's not to easy to get the finish to come out even. Gotta work it kinda like a paint gun, smooth.
    Roger That...

    Buck8Point

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    Marksman
    You will want to use the very finest glass beads available, it feels like baby powder, not sand; coarse media or dirty media will darken the color a bunch. I think there are a couple of pistols at La gun & reloading with s glass beaded finish.

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    Marksman dmh's Avatar
    I will also recommend crocus cloth for the flats. Gives a nice slight brushed look without too much effort.
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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    Sodium bicarbonate is very abrasive and a rough grind will cut too deep.

    BTW, dmh has some experience with gun refinishing. www.plate-tacular.com
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    Clandestine Sciuridae

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    I have a big Snap-On cabinet with glass bead media in it if someone wants to try it.
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

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    Marksman dwr461's Avatar
    Can you provide something for me to practice on as well.

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    Clandestine Sciuridae

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    I'm sure we can come up with something but it will NOT be a SS revo of mine.

    You gonna try to purty up your S&W 64?
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    Marksman
    I have a stainless barrel to practice on. It wouldn't hurt it to be blasted.

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    Geaux Tigers Buck8Point's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by peterf225 View Post
    I have a stainless barrel to practice on. It wouldn't hurt it to be blasted.
    Id be VERY Interested in seeing what the results look like.
    I appreciate all the good input guys..

    Buck8Point

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