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Thread: Refinishing Stainless Revolvers
December 10th, 2009, 08:14 PM #1
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..
December 10th, 2009, 08:22 PM #2
Bead blasting, or aluminum oxide will give you a non reflective matte finish.
December 10th, 2009, 08:45 PM #3
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.
December 13th, 2009, 07:47 AM #4
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?
December 13th, 2009, 10:15 PM #5
December 13th, 2009, 10:33 PM #6
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).Educate your neighbors, as they are the first ones that you can easily make contact with. Make nice with as many that you can and try to make sure if
they have a problem you will be there and not just think of you as the gun nut next door.
December 13th, 2009, 11:03 PM #7
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.
December 14th, 2009, 05:11 AM #8
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.
December 14th, 2009, 11:26 PM #9
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December 15th, 2009, 01:28 PM #12
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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.
December 15th, 2009, 01:31 PM #13
I will also recommend crocus cloth for the flats. Gives a nice slight brushed look without too much effort.It's not how you shoot, it's how you look!!!
December 15th, 2009, 01:35 PM #14
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December 15th, 2009, 02:31 PM #16
I have a big Snap-On cabinet with glass bead media in it if someone wants to try it.
December 15th, 2009, 07:15 PM #17
Can you provide something for me to practice on as well.
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December 15th, 2009, 07:23 PM #18
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?
December 15th, 2009, 07:42 PM #19
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I have a stainless barrel to practice on. It wouldn't hurt it to be blasted.
December 16th, 2009, 07:19 AM #20