Melonite stainless steel?


December 15, 2012, 02:51 PM
I have a stainless steel grip safety I would like to install on a parkerized 1911but I do not care for a two tone look. Since I would like to refinish the entire gun will melonite darken the stainless steel to match the rest of the gun?

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December 15, 2012, 02:59 PM

Melonite is a hard surface carburazation process.
It is colorless, and is finished with parkerizing to give it color.


December 15, 2012, 03:50 PM
Bead blast and blue, assuming that particular SS will accept blue, sometimes they don't. There are always spray-ons.

Jim Watson
December 15, 2012, 04:18 PM
Regular blue and regular Parkerizing will not blacken the usual stainless alloys used on gun parts.

Yet Melonited stainless is black. Do they have a different process or a different color coat? I don't know, but it sure is dark.

If you are having the whole gun Melonited, I bet it can be arranged for the grip safety to color match.

December 15, 2012, 07:59 PM
As I already mentioned.
Melonite, Glock Tenifer, etc, is a hard carburizing (Ferritic nitrocarburizing) process only.

It has no natural color, and is in fact just a hard surface on the bare steel you can see no difference in.
It is the same steel color as the unfinished steel.

Any black gun that has a Melonite or Tenifer finish was Parkerized, Blued, or otherwise finished on top of the clear Melenite / Tenifer surface.


December 16, 2012, 07:09 AM
The main finish is parkerized with the front strap cold blued from being stippled. It has a drop in beavertail grip safety. I happen to have a spare Wilson S.S. G.S. taken off another build and fitting jig.

I saw a picture of a S.S. S&W that had been melonized in black on a another forum. However it doesn't explain how he got the black finish. I could live with reparking the frame and grip safety but I would like to take advantage of one of the newer tougher finishes.

I want to stay away some of softer spray/bake finishes although Accurate Weapon & Plating is using a nickel base with ceracoating which they claim is harder.

December 16, 2012, 07:17 AM
Send the safety to Robar, tell them what you want and they can probably do it.

Sounds like you want a hard, durable dark finish. As others have mentioned thats not melonite by itself.

December 16, 2012, 12:58 PM
Except the G.S. is the final part of this build and then I want to refinish the entire gun to match everything up.

RC, could the entire gun have the park stripped, melonized then reparked everything match?

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