View Full Version : Powdercoating?

November 20, 2006, 02:29 AM
I recently acquired a mistreated 870 Wingmaster. I am turning it into a "riot gun". Internally everything was very dirty, but otherwise in excellent shape. The exterior had a good bit of rust on it that I removed and there is a significant amount of pitting. I am thinking about powdercoating it with a textured finish. Am I right in my thinking that this will hide the pitting? Do you see any need for me to parkerize before powdercoating the exterior?


November 20, 2006, 11:01 AM
I powdercoated my WM. It'll hide the pitting. It almost hid the serial number. It's an all weather gun now.

November 21, 2006, 06:26 AM
If you parkerize (phosphate process) before you powdercoat, the coating will be that much more resistant to corrosion. That is the best way to go if you can, as everything will adhere with stronger bonds.

November 21, 2006, 08:45 PM
How much does it cost to Parkerize then Powder coat the barrell? You can get a replacement barrel for under $150. Why not go with a new barrel?

On a different note, I just had the bed of my truck sprayed with Line-X. I wonder if that would work on a shotgun barrel? It would be super durable and weather proof. Lol. Just thinking out loud.

November 21, 2006, 09:26 PM
I don't think you need to park it at all if it's going to be powdercoated. More corrosion resistant? My powdercoating job is weatherproof, The PC is thick and clear coated. True enough I've not had it out in the rain yet but I have every confidence that its waterproof, especially if one cleans the gun after the wet hunt (inside).

The rough part about the PC that I got into...First, they wanted me to disassemble the piece completely (not bad), and they didn't tape off the innards very well or on the end of the barrel, so when I got it back it took awhile cleaning and polishing the barrel end and inside the receiver so the dang thing would even go back together. It took a while and some patience to get er back to the super slick action she once was. The bead is easy, run a knife blade around the crack and the PC cracks right off the bead leaving it nice all the way up to the bead. Dremel & polishing paste for the inside of the receiver.

I got a 2nd barrel for mine (18" police trade in), and an extended magtube, and had them done too along with the original mag tube cap so on hunting day everything will be limit legal and matching finishes.

November 21, 2006, 09:44 PM
Other than aesthetics, what advantage would powder coating a parkerized bbl. offer?

November 21, 2006, 09:58 PM
Coarse bead blasting then parkerizing will cover up most of your pitting. I would then recomend sending the gun to someone like Robar and have them put one of their corrosion resistant finishes on it. Then there won't be any "well mine lasted forever" vs. "Well mine fell apart" debates. They do a good job and their finishes last.
If you do decide to powdercoat, remember that it changes dimensions, so you may have to ream out holes to reassemble the gun. This will expose metal in those places, often places you do not regularly check and oil for corrosion. Just something to consider. Post pictures when you get it done, I'm sure we'd all be interested in how it turns out. Good luck.