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Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:21 pm

My buddy brought his Sig P226 to me for some refinishing, the slide had some rust spots on top and the barrel has some pitting and wear, in addition the barrel & hammer were that funky plum color. I plan on re-bluing the barrel & hammer using the lye & sodium nitrate formula and re-parkerize the slide using phosphoric acid & manganese powder

Here is what it looked like before I started
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:44 pm

I reblued the barrel & hammer and they turned out a plum color (just like the factory finish) it has something to do with the alloy(s) in the steel.
I tried a manganese parkerizing on the slide, but it didn't turn out so good, so I sand blasted it and blued it in my hot blue tank, came out pretty good

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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:08 pm

That looks great!!!!!!!

Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:25 pm

Looks way better than before. That's for damn sure.

Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:46 pm

I remember having an old Winchester blued that the barrel came out with a reddish tint to it. The Gunsmith said it was because of the high nickel content in the barrel steel. He said the factory had some special recipe that they wouldn't share that prevented the factory bluing from coming out with the tint.

Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:20 pm

foothills wrote:I remember having an old Winchester blued that the barrel came out with a reddish tint to it. The Gunsmith said it was because of the high nickel content in the barrel steel. He said the factory had some special recipe that they wouldn't share that prevented the factory bluing from coming out with the tint.

but that was in the olden days :lol:

Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:29 pm

Nice work!

Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:04 pm

some other projects

this rifle (1895 Marlin Cowboy) had severe pitting caused by being put back in styrafoam packaging, the worst thing you can do is leave a gun up against styrafoam....

Here are the before pics
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:05 pm

here is pics of the process, I used a file to remove the metal and bring the surface back to a flat, smooth surfaceImageImageImageImage
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:08 pm

Here it is after polishing and bluing
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:09 pm

before and after comparisonImageImageImage

Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:13 pm

Here is an ugly duckling Norinco 1911 that I prettied up, these are the before pics
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here it is after polishing
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....and after bluing
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a before & after comparison
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:23 pm

New Projects!

Here is a Ruger Mark I that needs a new finish, I will give this gun a high polish (remove the machine tool & welding marks)
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after the polishing, I might spend some more time working the finish, looks pretty good now though:Image
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:24 pm

This is my Super Blackhawk 10.5", it had some pits on the top strap and the grip frame, I will attempt to duplicate the high polish of the early SBH's and the 50th Anniversary models

Here is what it looks like now
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This is what I want it to look like:

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here it is disassembled (being degreased)Image

This is the first pass under the wire brush, before sanding and polishing:
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after the 1st round of polishing:Image
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Re: Rebluing & parkerizing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:37 pm

another project, this is a Steyr 1912 9mm, it was pitted in the most inconvient places....took a lot of work to get the metal smooth without rounding edges and destroying roll marks

Here it is before:
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and after sanding and polishing:
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