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    cerakote a revolver?

    I've posted pics of my m1917 awhile back. the revolver has zero finish. I take it out and oil it often, the guns got alot of pits all over it, I dont want to buff it and lose any of the original stamps, but I was thinking of some kind of finish to protect the bare metal. So how does cerakote work? and of it's worth looking at, what's a color that's close to a factory finish? it seems sportsmanship warehouse charges $180 in a single color. jim

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    Cerakote requires bead blasting , bad choice. I would get a jug of evaporust from harbor freight , it will remove the rust in the pits and leave the metal alone not changing the original textures. What was the original finish ?

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    The military sandblasted and phosphate coated them. Next best thing to original finish.
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    no idea what the original finish was. it was actually bought in a bag of parts. it might have been dipped to remove the rust since its pitted all over, right now it's just smooth and shiny bare metal.20190602_083600.jpg

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    It looks like its already had some kind of blasting done.

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    I hit it with some mothers mag wheel polish afterwards so it's pretty shiny. jim

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    I think it is never going to get close to original so the closest you will get is the phosphate coating mentioned above (parkerizing). If you like cerakote, it is an option and some Colt pistols came from factory with it. Either way it does need some protection and cerakote will hide some of the pitting given the need for a media blast. Get what you like.

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    IF....that'n were mine...I would parkerize it...then have it blued in black oxide finish. It will then be waterproof'd and have a charcoal matte finish. I have done this to many old shooters when I had my shop. I don't have any pics....but you would like it. jmho fwiw

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    With any sort of a rough finish, sandblasted or parkerized, try coating it liberally with grease and let it sit in the sun on a hot summer's day. Let it get nice and hot. Then wipe the grease off and buff with a cloth. You may get a bit of grease leaching out but it'll be a pretty good protective coating. If you get a solvent on it, then re-apply as needed. It's worked for me over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmac View Post
    no idea what the original finish was. it was actually bought in a bag of parts. it might have been dipped to remove the rust since its pitted all over, right now it's just smooth and shiny bare metal.
    The original finish was a heat blue over a rough sanded finish. If refinished in the military it was sandblasted and given a phosphate/Parkerized finish. If Bubba refinished probably a hot caustic tank blue.


 
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