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Picked up 617 TT that looks just like this one the other day
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It came complete with the little black carbon residue marks on the cylinder that you can see in this photo.

Anybody have any experience removing the carbon marks without damaging the finish?
BTW, what kind of finish did Taurus put on these little Titanium flyweight wonders?
 

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Wish I could help, I always thought Titanium was its own finish like Stainless. Look forward to learning more on the subject.
 

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I would like to know the answer to that one myself. I have a Taurus Model 415T and have the same problem.
 

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I would like to know the answer to that one myself. I have a Taurus Model 415T and have the same problem.
So what have you tried so far? Any gun cleaning products? Bronze wool & oil? Brass brush?
I'd like to get rid of the carbon but I know absolutely ZIP about the finish and I sure don't want to damage it.
 

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Titanium is titanium if memory serves me correctly................
They sell cloths that will remove the carbon like these Birchwood Casey Lead Remover & Polishing Cloth
just don't rub real hard, start very small in a hidden area.......................
 

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Titanium is titanium if memory serves me correctly................
They sell cloths that will remove the carbon like these Birchwood Casey Lead Remover & Polishing Cloth
just don't rub real hard, start very small in a hidden area.......................
I use these on stainless steel revolvers, and they work very well. Not for blued finishes.
 

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I found a copy of the manual online and it says that any regular gun cleaning products can be used on the Titanium finishes - just not to use anything abrasive.
That pretty much lines up with loudviking's suggestion that it is similar to an anodized finish.
I may get a couple of those lead remover cloths and see how they work.
I also may give a little Hoppes #9 and some Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber a try.
 

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My guess is that it is a bead blasted finish and that aggressive or abrasive cleaning will polish that finish off and leave it shiny in that spot.
 

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My guess is that it is a bead blasted finish and that aggressive or abrasive cleaning will polish that finish off and leave it shiny in that spot.
It definitely has that slightly rough bead-blasted surface texture, but then I think it has some kind of dull slightly greenish-grey finish applied over the bead blasting. I found info on the 'net about an anti-corrosion and wear resistant finish called Tiodizing that is similar to anodizing for titanium, and it looks a lot like the finish on the 617Ti
 
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