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Old May 24th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #1
 
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How to fix scratches in SP101?

I bought a 2.25" 357 stainless revolver recently. The edges of the trigger and the trigger guard were sharp, sharp enough to give me a good blister on my trigger finger on my first trip to the range where I only shot 100 rounds. After I cleaned the gun when I got home, I decided to fix that by using some 400 grit black wet-dry sandpaper to smooth out the edges.

That did indeed fix the problem, but the metal around the trigger guard is now a little scratched up. I tried some 1000 grit paper and even 2000 grit paper (both wet) to bring back the original finish, but it's still a bit scratched up.

I guess I probably should have taken another approach to tone down the edges, but is there any way to fix it now? This is just cosmetic... it doesn't bother me too much, but I would like to make it look like new again if it's possible.



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3M Scotchbrite pads. Not the ones you scrub pots with, but the kind painters use. Color coded for level of abrasive and available at any Lowes or Home Depot. If its a really deep scratch or gouge, I use the maroon. For a light brush finish I use the gray.
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Have a SP101 that I had a gunsmith add XS sight to and scratched the barrel. I'm gonna try the scotchbrite gray pad and some Mothers Polish. I'll post the results. Thanks for the info.
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I didn't have an issue with 2000 grit when did mine but the scothbrite pads might help. Let us know.
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I used a maroon scotchbrite when I scratches mine changing out the sights, worked well. Don't scrub it, sand in one direction and try to match the "grain" of the finish.
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OGRuger64, An old gunsmith trick .... buy a 3M gray pad. Cut it to form two squares the same size as the width. Punch a hole in the center and mount both squares on the shaft of a bench grinder .... with the squares off set. Buff your gun .... keeping the grain in the same direction. The gun will look like it is brand new and will match the factory "brushed" finish.
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An ol' Orthopedic polishing trick...buy an extra fine Cratex stick(you can also get them in blocks, squares, etc. in various grits), lightly lap the affected spot in one direction matching the existing polish direction. These Cratex sticks, block, etc. can be shaped to pretty much any contour (within reason) you need by using a narrow grey wheel. Wipe it down and use Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish, gently polish with a clean cloth(following the 'grain') to blend, wipe off the residue, you be done.
For the record, mothers was never used on any orthopedic parts, this is a home workshop add on.
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