View Full Version : COLD Bluing a COLT Cobra

May 22, 2008, 05:21 PM
Is it possible or feasible to cold blue an alloy fram cobra??

Harry Bonar
May 22, 2008, 06:01 PM
I don't think it would blue - but Brownells has an Epoxy bake on black finish you could use handsomly.
Harry B.

May 22, 2008, 06:47 PM
There is an aluminum black chemical sold by Birchwood-Casey, but about all it'll give you is a smoky blue-gray color that wipes right off.

Cold blues are designed for steel and won't work on aluminum.

You can send the gun out and have the aluminum frame re-anodized, or you can use one of the spray on "paint" type finishes.
Some require baking, some air-cure. These are epoxy or lacquer based finishes that are fairly durable and can be applied at home with some reasonable care.

Bill DeShivs
May 22, 2008, 07:19 PM
Or, you can have the gun electroless nickel plated.

May 23, 2008, 05:23 AM
Looks Like Electroless is the winner.

May 24, 2008, 08:00 AM
Looks Like Electroless is the winner.

But then you'll have one of those "shiny sissy" handguns. ;)

May 24, 2008, 12:34 PM
At 6'5" 235 I dont worry about that problem

May 24, 2008, 01:12 PM
I was just taking liberties with the line from the "Fugitive" movie. I have a pristine Cobra in whatever edition the shrouded ejector rod is. I personally wouldn't want it nickeled, but that might be your best option. I'd probably have the steel blued and the aluminum anodized.

May 25, 2008, 09:25 AM
In general what are the comparative costs of both methods?? No problem with the Sissy comment. I took no offense

Bill DeShivs
May 25, 2008, 12:50 PM
Regular nickel can not be applied to aluminum effectively. Electroless is the only way to go. Cost should be the same or a little less.

May 25, 2008, 05:03 PM
Thanks for the info. You have agreed with another, who is a gunsmith

Bill DeShivs
May 25, 2008, 05:18 PM
I was a gunsmith, and am a plater, among other things.