View Full Version : Make a Blue barrel stainless?

March 20, 2009, 09:49 PM
Does anybody know how hard it would be to sand and polish a blue barrel to stainless? Is getting a 'factory stainless' finish possible? Thanks in advance.

Brian Pfleuger
March 20, 2009, 09:54 PM
The steel under the bluing is not stainless. "Stainless" is not a finish, it's a type of metal, several types actually. You could certainly remove the bluing and get bare, shiny metal but it would rust in a hurry unless you protected it somehow. Like clear-coat.

March 20, 2009, 10:03 PM
thanks pizza! i'll keep the sandpaper away then.

March 20, 2009, 10:24 PM
You can get an appearance that is something like stainless (including the corrosion resistance) by having the barrel plated with hard chrome, electroless nickel, NP3 or something similar.

March 21, 2009, 10:38 AM
On a Glock, or any other barrel that's Tenifered or Melonited, you can remove the exterior finish without affecting the rust-preventative nature of the steel's treatment.