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Flitz - the non-abrasive cleaner.

* Wheelgun shooters know the amount of effort required to remove burn rings from the face of revolver cylinders. Caused by a buildup of metal and powder fouling, burn rings not only look unsightly, they can also adversely affect performance if left unattended. The buildup of fouling can eventually cause the front of the cylinder to bind against the barrel as it rotates.

For many years I like other revolver shooters, used solvent and a stiff bronze wire brush to remove burn rings and build-up of fouling in other areas (e.g. between the frame and barrel). This was a messy job that required plenty fo elbow grease. In recent years the job has been made easier with the introduction of special, chemically-impregnated cleaning cloths. These work very well with plated and stainless guns, but tend to remove the finish from blued guns.

Now there is a new product called Flitz that claims to have solved and these problems. It it a metal polish that can be used to clean and polish tarnished and corroded metal such as stell, brass, copper, silver and gold, as well as fiberglass and even painted surfaces.

Unlike many other metal cleaners, which have an abrasive content, Flitz is a cream that cleans and polishes chemically. Consequently, its manufacturers claim that it will not remove blueing during the cleaning process. However, a representative I spoke to did point out the cloth used to apply and remove the cream may, in time gradually rub the blueing off.

The cream, which is blue in color, is applied directly to the metal surface with a soft cloth. The instructions recommend that the cream be removed before it dries with a clean soft cloth. A tootbrush can be used to get into hard-to-reach places.

I used my sample of Flitz to clean my polished, hard-chromed Colt Trooper Mk III .357 and .38 Special Officer's Model Match after a hard day's shooting on the range. Both were covered with powder residue and had a nice buildup of fouling on their cylinder faces.

As directed, I applied Flitz to the face of the cylinder and other areas of fouling build up. When I removed it with a soft cloth, I was surprised to note that much of the fouling had been removed. Two more applications completed the job.

When I had finished, the hard-chromed Trooper Mark III looked as though it had never been fired. The Officer's Model was equally as clean. In fact, the face of the cylinder had actually been polished and was shinier than it had been before the application of Flitz. From what I could see, the blueing itself had been unaffected.

In the weeks that followed I used Flitz to clean my stainless Colt Python and Ruger New Model Blackhawk .357 Magnum with equally good results. I have also used it on my blued Smith & Wesson Model 19. When the job was complete, the face of the cylinder had taken on such a shiny appearance that it looked silver, as though the blueing had, if fact, been removed. However, when I looked at it under a strong light, it was still blue, although bright.

The overall performance of Flitz was certainly impressive. I found it very easy to use, and it works well on plated, stainless and blued surfaces. Further information can be obtained from Flitz International Ltd., Dept. GA, 821 Mohr Ave., Waterford, WI 53185.
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Title Annotation:evaluation
Author:Arnold, Dave
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Dec 1, 1985
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