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Old 01-09-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
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Best solvent to clean stainless/satin slide.

What would be a good Solvent to clean the Stainless/Satin finish slide on a Compact CDP II that won't damage the finish? Got some scuff/ light handling marks I need to remove.

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:34 PM   #2
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I have a PC2 with the stainless satin finish along with a few stainless wheel guns and I use Flitz polish...
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Thanks for the info and welcome guys. I think I've actually got some Flitz floating around here somewhere. Believe I used it to help slick up the action on my .35 Marlin 336 C.

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Old 01-10-2015, 04:46 AM   #5
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Remember to consider what you're wanting or needing to do.

Flitz and other like materials are a polish they will change the appearance where applied. Though in small amounts this is removing material. There are those guys that use it regularly on feed ramps for the belief it should look a mirror every time it is cleaned. If they do this enough they will disturb the geometry of the feed ramp and start having issues only corrected with a welder and milling machine.

Stainless steel is usually polished, "brushed" finish or bead blasted of some type (varying degree is obtained by material, grit size and pressure).

If you polish out marks and scratches you will have smooth shiny spots on bead blasted finish and to me just as obvious as the original marks. Which if it holster wear will just occurr again. You can Polish just the flats easy enough or give brushed finish with wet oxide paper on glass. But to restore to original on most Kimbers it is a blasted finish.

For just cleaning alone of oil, powder residue etc. I use rubbing alcohol more than anything.

I don't worry about holster wear and general use scratches...they're just tools. Unless or until I am doing a full rebuilt and refinishing the whole thing.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:04 AM   #6
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Good advise. I use rubbing alcohol 99% of the time and it really works well.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:23 AM   #7
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I haven't had any issues on my firearms using the Flitz, but I'm going to try the alcohol the next time I clean up my boyz..
Thanks Mike & Denny for the suggestion..
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Yes, thanks for the suggestions!

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I haven't had any issues on my firearms using the Flitz, but I'm going to try the alcohol the next time I clean up my boyz..

Thanks Mike & Denny for the suggestion..

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Flitz Polish

Hello all!

First of all, thank you for utilizing Flitz Polish and for recommending us to others. We appreciate all that our customers do for us to keep us in business. We would not be here without you!

As for Flitz changing the appearance of the surfaces they clean, this should not be the case. We are sorry to hear when anyone has not been completely satisfied with our product! We pride ourselves on our non-abrasive, non-toxic, water-based products that are both effective and safe.

What we can offer are some recommendations on how to properly use Flitz to clean your gun without changing the appearance. Check out this blog post: How to Clean Your Gun Using Flitz Polishing Products, complete with video "How To" guide.

In our experience, rubbing alcohol can be much more abrasive and harmful in the long run than it's water-based polish counterparts. Please consider a water-based polish for your next cleaning session.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with comments or questions!

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