making a SS gun darker


Brian Williams
June 13, 2006, 09:18 PM
I have just about got this where a I want it, but it is not blue. I am thinking about trying to get it blued, or blackened some way. What would you do??
Thinking black chrome or birdsong T black after bead blast.

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June 16, 2006, 03:49 AM
got my xd9 bitone np3 coated (nickel/teflon) it turns SS into a great satin Ruger-like 'target grey'

you might like it.....

50 Shooter
June 16, 2006, 01:02 PM
Check out this 500! I didn't think you could make them better but...:what:

Brian Williams
June 16, 2006, 03:22 PM
I borowed your image, That is sweet, To bad you cannot get the cylinder done.

Np3 might be a possibility

June 17, 2006, 02:58 AM
Very cool..


June 17, 2006, 09:20 AM
Hmmm, you want a SS gun a bit darker... just shoot it a bunch - and don't clean it! Some powders won't even require that many rounds! Of course, the best at darkening, good old stinky black powder, will eventually corode the innards, too.

Actually, I have no idea what one can do at home for such a finish. I really liked my old Ruger .454 SRH's grey - they used it on a h-l 5" GP-100, too. Neat finish, but I read somewhere that it came about via tumbling... probably a bit too much for a do-it-yourself-er.


50 Shooter
July 17, 2006, 11:51 PM
The owner finished the gun, man this thing is sweet.

July 18, 2006, 12:00 AM
Regular bluing doesn't work on SS. SS can be blackened though. Aside from the Black Ion plating. Nice. Brownell's sells a product that works like cold bluing but for SS. Birchwood Casey I think. Mind you, I doubt it'd turn out as nice a finish as 50's S&W though. Industrial hard chrome will do it as well.

50 Shooter
July 18, 2006, 12:10 AM
It's not mine, just posting it for others to see.:)

It sure is sweet ain't it.

July 18, 2006, 02:41 AM
Check out this black chrome job that Gary Reeder is doing.

They might be able to put the black chrome on a stainless revolver, but I don't know. I sure like the glossy, dark finish!:evil:

I have a Bisley Vaquero that I want to send to Gary Reeder and let him work it over. If you like custom SA wheelguns, you'll love his website.

July 18, 2006, 05:26 AM
Brian, can you parkerize your model 65 like a Sig auto...they coat their SS slides with something other than traditional blueing. - mac

July 18, 2006, 01:46 PM
Regular bluing doesn't work on SS.

Actually... it may, depending on the grade of stainless and the skill of the refinisher.

The barrel on the Trooper is a Douglas stainless, that was blued in the same tank as the carbon frame. The barrel was just left in longer at a higher temp.


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