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Old 03-05-2012, 17:48   #1
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1911 Refinishing Ideas?

I am thinking of refinishing my ATI Commander. I have never really considered getting a gun refinished before so I am pretty clueless on the subject. I am looking for some ideas on who to get it done by and what type of finish to get. I live in Florida so good rust protection would be nice. I usually like blue or black from a looks perspective. I am not wanting to break the bank since the ATI didn't cost a fortune in the first place. Thoughts? Suggestions? What does it usually entail? Do I ship the whole gun? Approx cost? Should I send it some place that does custom work, so maybe if I wanted I could kill two birds with one stone? etc

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Old 03-05-2012, 17:59   #2
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Cold blue and parkerizing are both really easy to do yourself, and cheap. Parkerizing holds up pretty well.
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Old 03-05-2012, 18:36   #3
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Cold blue and parkerizing are both really easy to do yourself, and cheap. Parkerizing holds up pretty well.
It is parkerized now. What got me thinking about it is I left it in a holster over the weekend and it has some oxidation happening, even places where the holster wasn't touching. I have never had that happen before now, even with other parkerized guns.

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Old 03-05-2012, 18:39   #4
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Give the pistol a good rub-down with some gun oil and wipe off any excess. That will usually restore the finish.
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Old 03-05-2012, 19:11   #5
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Give the pistol a good rub-down with some gun oil and wipe off any excess. That will usually restore the finish.
+1. We love pictures, too =)
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Old 03-06-2012, 00:07   #6
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Why pay $200 or more for a finish coating on a pistol that only costed around $400?

Lubricant/protectant is dirt cheap. Coat that mutha liberally with oil.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:09   #7
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Park and paint, DIY
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:51   #8
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http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1...MA-HYDE-reg-II

This stuff is easy to use.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:24   #9
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Give the pistol a good rub-down with some gun oil and wipe off any excess. That will usually restore the finish.

I did this and it is looking good again. I guess I was a little over concerned as I had never had that happen before.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:38   #10
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I never understand why people refinish carry guns. It will just get worn again. Same thing for guns that are shot frequently.
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I never understand why people refinish carry guns. It will just get worn again. Same thing for guns that are shot frequently.
That would depend on the finish. I opted for the Severns Hard Hat treatment on my STI Ranger II. Will be doing a write-up on it soon, but I wanted to get some serious time carrying and shooting it before recommending it. So far with full time carry and a couple thousand rounds, the finish still looks new. Will post a report and pictures soon.

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Old 03-06-2012, 17:22   #12
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I never understand why people refinish carry guns. It will just get worn again. Same thing for guns that are shot frequently.

Well I was considering it because it had surface rust after being stored for a short time. Since it had never happened to to other parkerized 1911's I have had, I was thinking perhaps there was a problem. So far I am happy with it after putting oil on it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 20:52   #13
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That would depend on the finish. I opted for the Severns Hard Hat treatment on my STI Ranger II. Will be doing a write-up on it soon, but I wanted to get some serious time carrying and shooting it before recommending it. So far with full time carry and a couple thousand rounds, the finish still looks new. Will post a report and pictures soon.

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My guess is that the "Hard Hat" is some kind of nitrocarburization process, similar, if not identical, to Glock's Tenifer and Melonite used on various guns.

I recommend this treatment, as it's as durable and rust preventive as you can get. I honestly don't know why anyone bothers with any other finishes/treatments, unless a specific color is desired.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:44   #14
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I have used Robar http://www.robarguns.com/
As well as Turnbull http://www.turnbullmfg.com/
Bolth of these guys do excellent work.
Here is the problem with cold blueing and spray on finishes. The don't last. They just a band aid.
If you are going to keep your gun it doesn't matter what it cost you or what you spend on refinishing it.
If you going to get rid of it, don't do the disservice of a cheap crappy refinish.
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Old 03-08-2012, 16:38   #15
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I never understand why people refinish carry guns.
I refinished a couple of mine because I did a serious carry melt on them.
I went with the Isonite finish from Coal Creek Armory, which is the same as the Melonite/ Hard Hat finishes.
I like it because it is a metal treatment and not just a coating.
Looks great and wears well.
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Old 03-08-2012, 23:02   #16
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Ionbond is the best hands down. I carried a Nighthawk with the diamond black finish (Ionbond) for 2 years and no holster wear. Expensive but worth the money.
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Why pay $200 or more for a finish coating on a pistol that only costed around $400?

Lubricant/protectant is dirt cheap. Coat that mutha liberally with oil.
Yeah, that'd be crazy!

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Bearcoat is the best two hundred bucks I ever spent on a pistol, even if it is a four hundred dollar gun....
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I wonder how many hipoints robar does...
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I wonder how many hipoints robar does...
They said mine is the only Spartan they have done so far.

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