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Old 11-23-2005, 11:17   #1
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O.K. Folks....I am fresh out of bright ideas. I bought a used stainless Mini last night. The previous owner had installed a black flash supressor. When I removed the supressor...the end and last quarter inch of the barrel were very "dirty". I assumed it was carbon build up...and liberally applied the "necter of the gods"...other wise known as Hoppes #9. No deal. So...I thought...aaah...this fellow has obviously painted the tip of the barrel so it won't look dorky in contrast with the SS barrel. So...me thinks...I will put a little nail polish remover on it....that will remove just about any type of commonly used paint. But...no good. So...I need your help. Perhaps the hot gases have baked this paint on the muzzle...or perhaps it is some special hi-temp, solvent resistent paint? I suppoe I could always take a knife blade and some emery cloth to it...but I would rather remove it chemically. I am all ears...let the savy advice pour in!

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Old 11-23-2005, 13:31   #2
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Maybe try a gel type paint remover or steel wool pad, then you could use a dremel tool and wire brush or wire brush on a bench grinder.

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See if momma has some steel wool, or scotch brite. I'd do it by hand.



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Laquer thinner will take off about anything. Be careful, it will remove the finish from the stock.
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I refinish old lanterns, and use a gel paint remover like Tri suggested. It's works great.
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Old 11-24-2005, 06:41   #6
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Sounds like epoxy if nail polish remover won't take it off. That's basicly acetone, you might try straight acetone and soak it if you can to see if it'll come off. Other wise the steel wool or scotch brite will also make it shiney. If you can afford it a gunsmith could media blast it and then bead blast it to restore the factory dull finish.
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if none of that works you could always try a little "Airplane Stripper" it completely removes paint, and it also melts plastics and rubbers, and it burns your skin so you would need to be careful. Just get a little on the painted part and wait 10 min and it will bubble up. I don't think this would hurt the barrel itself though.
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Red colored(medium)scotch brite pad!!!
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Old 11-24-2005, 18:25   #9
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I had the same trouble with the end of my barrel after my muzzle brake broke. It was very difficult to get back to looking nice and clean again, but all I used was steel wool and after 20 minutes, it looked good as new.
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Most steel wool is made from steel with carbon in it -therefore it rusts,if you rub carbon steel into the pores of stainless steel it transfers on the atomic level small amounts of carbon to the stainless and it will cause rust to start,this is known to people who work with stainless steel for a living.The same goes for wire brushes-carbon steel wire brushes transfer carbon to stainless,or if you use a stainless brush on carbon steel -then use it on stainless you will transfer carbon.Scotch brite does not rust#1,It will however transfer carbon to stainless if used on carbon steel first#2.FYI-use this info to keep from causing yourself more work.
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Thanks folks...I appreciate the tip on the steel wool...I sure don't want any rusting problems. Of course...that is the first thing the folks at the hardware store recommended...but I went with a virgin "industrial strength" Scotchbrite pad. That...and some gentle nudging with a screwdriver on a couple of tough spots...did the trick. Fortunately...I avoided creating a noticeable "shiny patch". I have a new roll pin and sight on order from Ruger. I look forward to getting her back to stock...and taking her out for a spin. This is the old style Mini...with the "real" ghost ring sight....I have a real soft spot for them!

Momma won't share her toys...in fact...she gets pretty tired of me using her kitchen counter as a gun bench...and my daughter whines about the "offensive" gun cleaner smells...then I remind them I could be out (insert scary/inappropriate activity) instead...which usually quiets them down...albeit briefly!
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