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    how to polish stainless steel

    what would be the best way to polish my .44 anaconda?

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    0000 Steel wool and Flitz works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keystonearms View Post
    0000 Steel wool and Flitz works for me.
    Is that to bring it to a Brite stainless finish? What would you use to just remove a blemish on the stock finish??
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    A courser steel wool. 0000 will kinda polish it and make it shiny. Start with the courser Wool first and work your way up to a finer if necessary until it blends. You may find the course stuff works well enough.

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    Do not use steel wool.

    scratch removal

    refinish stainless 1911

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    Polishing stainless steel to a bright mirror finish isn't easy. You need to use successive grit sandpaper in small incriments all the way up to 2000. You only move up a step when you have successfuly removed all of the lines from the prior grit. It should be pretty shiney and even by 2000 - then you are ready for a final polish using some ultra-fine buffing cream.

    I did this to a slide on a .45 AMT Backup and had really good results. However, the deeper the initial scratches, the coarser you will have to start. Although I have no problem doing this on the slide flats of a .45 AMT Backup, I wouldn't even attempt it on a Python or Anaconda.

    I sent my "Ultimate" bright stainless steel Colt Trophy Gold Cup back to Colt to have it properly finished. Colt did a nice job on it.

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    Great! Thanks everyone for the tips. I didn't mean to take over the thread, but all the info is what the OP asked about! I hope this helps him also.
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    The collector value of Anacondas is increasing rapidly, so doing anything to alter the original configuration of an Anaconda will reduce its value. If you want a "Bright" Anaconda, perhaps you should sell yours and buy an original Bright Anaconda.

    For blending blemishes on the brushed original finish, use a worn fine ScotchBrite pad, NOT steel wool.

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    I used Mothers Mag Polish on this S&W Model 60-9. Hand polished it with a terri-cloth hand towel. Took a couple of hours while watching TV. It's pretty quick ~ doesn't damage lettering or round edges like a buffer. I think it give stainless a nicer finish than factory nickel. The more you polish ~ the more shine you get.

    I also did a high polish on a Model 649 that I bought used. It had some honest carry marks. I used 600, 800, and 1000 grit sand paper to remove the existing dings and scratches, then I went to the Mothers Mag Polish for the final finish.
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