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    Dulling polished SS

    What's the best way to take a polished stainless steel finish and make it dull so it's non-reflective? I recently bought a Gaucho with a polished finish and it's hard to shoot in daylight because of the shine.

    Scotchbright pads? Bead blasting?

    Anyone have any before and after pictures of what I'm trying to do? All suggestions appreciated.

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    spray painting gun with a wide nozzle and baking soda (powder only) in the tank should work well. The Scotchbrite pads would do as well, but you will see circles or whatever motion you end up doing. a 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper will dull it nicely without removing much material, but again, you have to maintain uniform motion.

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    Beadblasting, by far, will achive the best results.
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    Running dry baking soda through a paint gun would destroy it pretty quickly. Just bead blast it at a low pressure.

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    You want it to look something like this?



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    What do you think baking soda will do?
    SS can be black oxided. http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/black.htm
    Duracoat would be another option.

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    I'm thinking I'd like more of a smooth matt finish like my SP 101 which I took fine steel wool to to remove scratches. But the SP 101 started out with kind of a dull finish.
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    Ruger "target grey"?...

    Do you want that "target grey" type color-finish?
    Ruger offered that as a option in the late 1990s maybe a company rep or gunsmith can offer some support. I think it may have been stainless steel that Ruger did not fully polish.

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    Abrasive blast, followed by buffing or steel wool works well on stainless for me.
    I think I might have added a low pressure bead blast step to the above on this Security Six:

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    Greg, I think that's the kind of finish I'm looking for. I just have to find someone in my area who can do it for me.

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