Can you refinish a gun at home?


July 10, 2008, 11:50 PM
I'm wanting to know if there is a way to refinish a gun at home. Not true reblueing, but the flat/semil flat look most pistols have this day. Such as Beretta, Taurus, CZ, Glock....they all have their own finish type, but I was wondering if there is something that can be done at home.

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Jorg Nysgerrig
July 11, 2008, 12:06 AM
I've read about parkerizing a gun at home and that seems "do-able", but to get the carbonitride finish like Glocks have requires rather high temperatures (550c) and involves cyanide and other nastiness.

July 11, 2008, 12:14 AM
If you can scrounge together a sandblaster, airbrush, and oven; you can do a spray-and-bake finish at home.

I did this Ballester-Molina with Norrell's Moly-Resin (

Similar products, like Gun-Kote (,%20GUN%20FINISH), have pretty decent reputations as well.

July 11, 2008, 12:19 AM
Surething if you order the parkerizing solution from Midway or Brownells, you are only limited to the size of the pot you use to boil the parts in. I recently reparked a universal carbine that a friend gave me and was completely rusted. U can even hand sand the parts if you cant sand blast them.

July 11, 2008, 05:01 AM
Surething if you order the parkerizing solution...
+1 Pakerizing is very doable for the home guncraftsman.
Here's a SA 1911 I did with the solution from Lauer Custom Weaponry:

July 11, 2008, 11:21 AM
Sure I can. I'm a gunsmith. :p

Yes, but don't go with coldblueing, it never comes out good and doesn't last.

I recommend Lauer's Dura-Coat. You can do camo patterns or darn near what ever you want with it.

Nice looking 1911, gb6491!

July 11, 2008, 11:25 AM
Here is a pretty good link. Bead blast it to get the matte finish.

July 11, 2008, 11:53 AM
I've had great results with Brownell's parkerizing solution and Norell's black semi-gloss moly coat. The moly coat is really thin, but very tough and seals the parkerizing. To get the best(even) results you need to use a blast cabinet for 80-90 grit media and a decent airbrush for the moly coat. The parkerizing and moly coat do not change dimensions appreciably. Disassemble, de-grease, blast, inspect, finish blast, de-grease, parkerize, rinse, dry, inspect, moly coat (covers minor park imperfections), inspect, touch up or strip and rework uncured moly coat until satisfied, bake to cure, re-assemble.

It's not economical for one gun. On the other hand, once you work out the process and technique, the cost per gun goes down and it can get addictive looking for cosmetically challenged guns to refinish.

July 11, 2008, 12:01 PM
It can be done But I have a gunsmith to all my work that may change if I start to home build!

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