Hello...new to forum. Will be picking up an Interarms PPK tomorrow. Just wondering what you all use to polish and “shine up” the slide, grips, etc. This will be more of a collector item for me and I would like to clean her up. Thanks for your advice.
The right polish can be used effectively to put some life back in the stainless steel and not harm anything. Stainless steel can sometimes start to look cloudy/dirty/splotchy over time with lots of use. I personally use McGuires Finishing Polish on most of my stainless pistols/revolvers to keep that clean, pleasing, satin look. Some people get good results with the Flitz brand as well. Just a light rub with a clean cotton or micro-fiber cloth with an ultra fine polish will leave a very nice luster without any hairlines, scratches or swirls. Just don't rub hard and long in order to avoid that fake chrome look. It's an easy and rewarding process.
What stink is right ,it smells like roses comparison wise to anything else solvent/lube that I can think of . It is the new car smell of a Walther that I never get tired of . I even used it to clean and polish my 100+ year old bed which greatly improved it's appearance . Ayb
Stainless is among the most forgiving of finishes to use; there's no drama in getting rid of small scratches or handling marks. The only challenging part is the bead blasted slide top.
3M cloth works well on the brush finish.
For the OP; shoot the dern thing. You won't hurt it, and the Interarms/Ranger examples haven't achieved the status of the Hitler gun.