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Old October 4, 2008, 12:05 PM   #1
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What media for sandblasting

It is time to finish my 1911 project. Thinking of parkerizing.Not sure what efects diferent abrasives have on the finished product. I already have Dupont Starblast will that work or should I get glass beads?
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Old October 4, 2008, 02:11 PM   #2
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Baking soda will give you a nice smooth satin finish. Just google
"sand blasting", or "media blasting".
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Old October 4, 2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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Glass bead gives a nice satin finish, shot peening gives a relatively smooth finish, sand blasting gives a very matte finish. For 1911 slides, I like either sand blasting or graining with 150 or 180 grit. Originally, the matting on 1911 slides and frames was done with wire wheels at the factory.
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