Recommended Black Finish for Aluminum Frames


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valor1
October 28, 2006, 02:12 AM
I have two aluminum framed pistols namely: a Beretta 92FS and Sig P228. Both went a lot of abuse and so is their black finish. I am opting for a black-colored finish that is also relatively durable. What can you guys recommend? Thanks a lot.

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hoghunting
October 28, 2006, 02:25 AM
Brownells has a few for aluminum that will work:

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/store/catSearch.aspx?c=751

soutex50
October 28, 2006, 04:18 PM
Hi, I used Duracoat on a 37 airweight revo and its been holding up excellent....except for normal holster wear at friction points. then again, you get that with conventional bluing anyways.

hooks
October 28, 2006, 04:19 PM
You could have it black anodized...pretty durable stuff.

Mac's
October 29, 2006, 11:12 AM
Most likely, the Aluminum frames of both handguns are already Hard Anodized under the black finish. When removing the old black finish, try to not remove the Anodizing. It's usually a kind of yellowish gold. Abrasive blast with something other than Silica sand, use a lower pressure and keep the blaster nozzle 12 inches or so away from the surface.
Shake & bake finishes are popular with do-it-your-selfers but use caution curing them in the kitchen oven. The curing vapors are full of really nasty chemicals and it can transfer those substances to the sides of the oven and the racks. Clean the oven well before cooking the kids pizza!
Keep yer powder dry, Mac.
Mac's Shootin' Irons
Tuff-Gun Finishes. The Name Says It All!
http://www.shootiniron.com

JoeHatley
October 30, 2006, 12:23 PM
I refinished the alloy frame of this .22 1911 with Aluma Hyde II from Brownells.

http://www.iowatelecom.net/~hatley/ciener_l.jpg

Just clean and rough up the surface, spray on a couple of light coats, and let let dry. No baking, no air brush. It does take a couple days to fully dry/cure.

Good Luck...

Joe

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