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Old 02-14-2020, 11:46 PM
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Thank you all in advance, I got a super deal on a 27-2. I am hoping that I can atleast maybe make this scratch a bit easier on the eyes.

Is there anyway that i can atleast try to smooth this out ? A way to fade the scratch ? Smooth it out ?

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Old 02-15-2020, 12:48 AM
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Have the cylinder renickeled
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:29 AM
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Looks like a gouge to me, like it was dropped onto concrete or rubbed against something that was rough and very hard. You are probably looking at having the cylinder stripped, polished, and refinished.
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The problem with nickel is that you can’t fix such an issue and it will only get worse in time when it starts to peel. I will own no nickel guns.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:49 AM
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Another option to having the damaged cylinder refinished would be to find a used nickle cylinder somewhere that is in good shape and have it fit to the gun. Judging only by the photo, I'm not sure that damage could be removed without having an negative effect on the overall appearance of the re-finish.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:55 AM
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I had a Colt SSA cylinder refinished by Nutmeg Sports recently. They chamfered the front of cylinder and replated for a reasonable cost. Looks great.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:07 PM
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Even if you don't do anything, that's a dang good looking N frame!
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:18 PM
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Has anyone tried doing small nickel repairs like this using the Caswell Plug N Plate kit?
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Rotate chamber and hide inside the frame. Re-take picture. Brand new gun.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:57 AM
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The problem with nickel is that you canít fix such an issue and it will only get worse in time when it starts to peel. I will own no nickel guns.
My nickel Smiths I bought new 40+ years ago have never "peeled" or lost their shine. IN fact with all the use I put them through the nickel ones have held up better than my blue ones.
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The problem with nickel is that you canít fix such an issue and it will only get worse in time when it starts to peel. I will own no nickel guns.
Peeling nickel is often an indicator of how poorly the finish was applied or it was applied over a base layer of copper. S&W never used a copper base layer, they always applied the nickel directly to the steel, so you are not likely to see factory nickel plated S&W handguns with peeling nickel.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:24 AM
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Dremel, felt wheel, flitz polish.
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The best and proper way is to have the Cylinder re-nickeled. If you don;t want to do that, there is a trick that I've used in the past with great success. Use progressively finer grit papers to take out the harsh scratches, then fine polish with Crocus Cloth. You will obviously be removing the Nickel around the damaged area too. After you are satisfied that you have removed the damage to the best of your ability, then use Flitz and a Flannel wheel in a Dremel to super polish it. The Flitz and Flannel wheel will all but make the area look Nickeled again.

The method I've described above is also GREAT for making unavailable Nickeled parts and screws able to be used on Nickeled guns by using originally Blued parts when nickeled parts can not be found. Works great!
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:23 PM
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Rotate chamber and hide inside the frame. Re-take picture. Brand new gun.
+1 Beat me to it..

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Thank you all in advance, I got a super deal on a 27-2.
Maybe not so super..

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Old 02-16-2020, 01:10 PM
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+1 Beat me to it..



Maybe not so super..
Bigggggggggggg .... I did get a super deal LOL .. I knew what the cylinder looked like. Just trying to get advise. Thank You

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A friend had similar issue with a nickel model 29 years ago. We found a good cylinder on EBay for a decent price. When it arrived we took the extractor assembly from his gun and swapped it into the Ebay cylinder.
The gun functioned perfectly as before and now no booger on the finish of the cylinder. Months later he sold the original cylinder at gun show for 75% of Ebay cost.
This is easy process and simple way to fix your problem.

(In the end, my friend had less than $25 cost and ten minutes labor)
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The problem with nickel is that you canít fix such an issue and it will only get worse in time when it starts to peel. I will own no nickel guns.
Well, this has lasted 103 years. Most of my guns are nickel.

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Does numrich have a nickel cylinder? Yes they do,,,



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