Removing Scratches

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by Bubblehead, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead New Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    Pioneer, CA
    I have a stainless steel S&W 686 revolver. I have some scratches in the side plate cover and was wondering if they could be removed by polishing, etc.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?


  2. gunplumber

    gunplumber New Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    If it's brushed SS you might use 4-600 paper with hard backing to remove the scratches unless they are real deep. I have done that to several SS guns.

  3. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    if your gun is polished but not high polished use some course synthetic steel wool through progressively finer synthetic steel wool then use some buffing compound on a soft mop, or by hand with a t shirt. use progressively finer compounds until the finish you get matches the finish on the rest of the gun. if you go to far and make it too shiny all you have to do is go back to the previous stage
  4. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    Go lightly with a green Scotch Brite pad.
  5. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    I've done entire guns with the same deal. 1000 grit wet sandpaper and then use a low speed buffer with stainless rouge. Do not get heavy on the buff, it will gaul the finish. Smiths have no particular buff pattern so change the angle frequently so it looks like the original finish.
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