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Old June 1, 2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Info on refinishing specifics.

Hey, new to the forums, happy to be here. Recently bought a para 1911 gi expert. Those of you that know anything about Para-Kote won't be surprised to hear that the proprietary concoction is quickly wearing off from roughly a week in a sift blackhawk holster. So does anyone know if the slide is stainless beneath the junk powder coat? Also if I were to take the easy route and send it off to be refinished is hard chrome a good way to go? I love the gun other than the crappy finish.
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Old June 1, 2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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Refinishing options to consider

"robar company" in arizona---their "np3" finish is da-bomb !!!!
Their website is www.robarguns.com

"coal creek armory" in tennessee also does refinishing work. www.coalcreekarmory.com

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Old June 9, 2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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Stainless slide ????

Easy way to find out: Procure a strong magnet & touch it to the slide. If the magnet sticks firmly, then the slide is either carbon steel or a stainless which has a high-carbon content. If the magnet refuses to stick or has a limp attraction to the slide, then the slide is a low-carbon high chromium stainless alloy.

I am betting the magnet will be strongly attracted to the slide. Report back to this forum your discovery. Thanks !!!!

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Old June 9, 2011, 10:11 AM   #4
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The Stainless used in guns will attract a magnet.
Call Para Ordnance and ask them. If the slide is stainless, no refinishing is necessary. If it's carbon steel, hard chrome is the most durable finish commonly available.
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Old June 9, 2011, 12:08 PM   #5
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Blue on Stainless

I can not remember the outfits name, but years ago I had dealings with a refinisher that could blue stainless. If I remember correctly they did something called "Iron Plating" first. They also claimed that this process would give even bluing on welded areas. Anybody else know anything about this. I never had anything done by this process.
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Old June 9, 2011, 12:28 PM   #6
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It can be done, but you are adding an inferior finish on a metal that does not need a finish, it will wear easily, and the finish will actually rust.
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