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Old March 20, 2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Make a Blue barrel stainless?

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.
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Old March 20, 2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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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.
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:03 PM   #3
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thanks pizza! i'll keep the sandpaper away then.
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:24 PM   #4
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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.
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Old March 21, 2009, 10:38 AM   #5
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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.
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