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Old August 16, 2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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taurus finish under warranty

I was thinking about getting my taurus pt1911 refinished. They don't have the best finish from the factory and I can tell that if I carry it everyday it will develop rust rather quickly. Does taurus warrant their finish? If they don't and I get it cerakoted will that void the warranty?
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Old August 16, 2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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A firearm's finish is usually considered a wear item, unless it's obvious that it was peeling, discolored, unevenly applied, etc.

Normal wear and tear on a finish is not a warranty item.
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Old August 16, 2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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Old August 16, 2014, 11:58 AM   #4
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I was going to but they are closed for the weekend. I will call monday
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Old August 16, 2014, 07:24 PM   #5
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I can say from experience it is only covered the first couple months, three I think she said. But, you also have to pay shipping. After that time frame it is not covered at all. If it were me I would just get it ceracoted or check out Nate squared holsters. They have a piece of wetsuit material sandwiched between leather touching the gun and suede touching you (if I rember correctly).

I have a PT709 that the slide started rusting and the CS lady said they recommend letting Frog Lube sit on it for a couple days to prevent rust. She also said they don't recommend IWB leather holsters, that part totally makes sense. Told her I had Frog Lubed it and had a little discussion with her and she agreed to pay shipping and to fix the rust issue.

I sent it in with a black slide and they replaced the barrel and put a matte stainless slide on it. I'm still thinking about getting the slide and some other small parts Cerakoted though.

Its tough because I LOVE the PT709, but yeah it's a Taurus. I've got a Springfield XD9 and after like five years the slide started getting some good surface rust on it. Springfield paid shipping and refinishing fees no problem. Just because Taurus has a "Lifetime Warranty" doesn't mean it's good.
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Old August 17, 2014, 09:05 AM   #6
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Carbon steel + blued finish = rust. Exactly why plating was done to firearms decades ago, first gold, then chrome, then electroless nickel, now nitriding and cerakoting.

Regardless of maker or process, a traditional deep blue on carbon steel will eventually rust. In the early days working firearms weren't blued at all - they were sold in the white and the owner expected them to rust, working in various oils to slow the process. By the time metallic cartridges became the norm, bluing was common, which did allow a modicum of protection compared to nothing at all. The surface was already converted to some degree and less likely to rust.

Note that even stainless will rust, it's called stain - less, not rust proof steel here in the US. Albeit the German name is rostfrie, which implies the quality.

IIRC scandium and titanium are for our purposes rust free, but that's an unfair comparison simply because there is no iron involved at all. And, neither does polymer. But if it's got Fe in it, it's gonna rust, and aluminum will corrode.
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