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Old July 13, 2013, 11:57 AM   #26
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I wasn't aware of Robar

Examples of Teflon impregnated Chrome include:
Wearalon by Empire Hard Chrome
TM119 by TechMetals, Inc
Chrome Plus by Nutmeg

There are probably several more and the final finish probably varies from company to company. I also don't know if these companies will coat firearm components.
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Old July 17, 2013, 09:56 AM   #27
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I agree that holster wear is a fact of life if you holster a handgun. It is inevitable.

NP3 is nickel and teflon and nowhere near as hard as hard chrome.

If the Melonite starts to wear off or streak a lot
Melonite doesn't streak or wear off. It is a surface hardening treatment, not a finish. It imparts zero color change on the part. I don't know why everybody thinks the black on a pistol's slide is Tenifer/Melonite, it is not. Usually black oxide.
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Old July 17, 2013, 06:31 PM   #28
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If the M&P is black oxide, why does Smith & Wesson say its Melonite?...
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Old July 17, 2013, 10:33 PM   #29
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There's usually some sort of black/nonglare/nonreflective finish applied over melonite/tenifer, but it's separate and applied separately from the underlying melonite/tenifer.

One way we know this is true is because Glock USA, for a fee, will reapply the black finish, but has stated that they do not reapply the tenifer and, in fact, can not apply tenifer in the U.S. due to EPA restrictions.
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Old July 17, 2013, 11:54 PM   #30
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On the P99's it is bare Tennifer. There is no external finish on top of the Tennifer finished slide.

That's the way Walther used to finish them. I can't say what they are doing to the pistol slide that used to be the P99.
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Old July 18, 2013, 12:34 AM   #31
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According to these two articles, melonite imparts a black color to the finished surface. I learned something tonight.

According to the first source (and others) tenifer leaves the surface a dull metallic gray color.

So if Walther P99 slides are black AND they're using the Melonite process, they're not applying anything over the Melonite. If they're tenifer and they're black then they are applying some sort of overcoat like Glock does.
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Using a leather holster custom fit for the gun (so that it stays in place and doesn't move around) with a silicon impregnated suede lining will slow down the wear on the finish (so long as you keep the lining clean) but, as others have said, holster any handgun often enough and wear from a holster will eventually rear its ugly (pretty, for those who favor "character") head. Also, as already mentioned, some finishes (such as that on a Glock) are much better at resisting holster wear than are other finishes. Conventional bluing probably gives its originality up the quickest.
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