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Best Finish In Your Opinion

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by finalcut, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. finalcut

    finalcut Well-Known Member

    Thinking of having my Wilson & XDs re-finished this winter. Looking for:
    1- Super - exta tough and long lasting
    2- Nice to look at is second priority
    What are your favorite finish options???

    Some picts / links would be great...
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2007
  2. jkomp316

    jkomp316 member

    blaze orange krylon :neener:

    i would assume nickel plating would be best. might as well buy a new gun though.
  3. Glockman17366

    Glockman17366 Well-Known Member

    Prettiest: Matte Stainless Steel
    Most robust: Tennifer

    Although matte stainless is robust too, I'm differentiating between display guns and "working" guns (working meaning to be used for their intended purpose).
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2007
  4. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Hard Chrome would be very tough and look nice, too.

  5. critrxdoc

    critrxdoc Well-Known Member

    Tennifer is my choice for auto's. Stainless for revolvers.
  6. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Hard chrome - It is more wear resistant than tennifer - But, let me explain. Tennifer is damn hard - but it always has a black, carbon type coating. That will wear off fairly easily. I've worn the black finish off of Glocks in 6 months using a leather holster.

    After over a year with my hard chromed slide on my P99c, not a mark yet. Hard chrome is the most scratch resistant finish.

    NP3 is probably the most corrosion resistant finish.
  7. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Since one cannot get Tennifer because Glock Inc. doesn't offer refinish services for other brands of handguns I am going to also recommend a satin hard chrome finish.
    There are some refinishers offering matte black hard chrome too, very nice.
    I still like a good parkarizing job, Texas Armament is best at this, recommended and used by me.
    Avoid 'Duracoat' ','matte sandblast moly' or anything involving spraypaint.
  8. sturmgewehr

    sturmgewehr Well-Known Member

    This is why I buy guns with the right finish... :p

  9. schmeky

    schmeky Well-Known Member

    Hard chrome is hard to beat. Had my Kimber Series I frame hard chromed about 12 years ago and it still looks like new. Highly corrosion resistant as well.
  10. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed Well-Known Member

    I think Robar NP3 is probably the best all around finish.
  11. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    But the wrong caliber and sights... :p :)

    Love the Hard Chrome.
  12. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    U actually can get tennifer done aftermarket. Some guys on the 1911 site have done it. Some places do it for tools, and are willing to do a gun. But, I'd stick with hard chrome.
  13. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    Hard chrome will be about the toughest, although with rough use it can show scratches. Matte hard chrome holds it looks longer.
  14. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Well-Known Member

    You want long lasting?

    Walter Birdsong's Black-T finish is top notch.
  15. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I like stainless, but stainless steel isn't a finish...if we're talking finishes, I like the tennifer from Glock & the NP3 stuff too.
  16. schmeky

    schmeky Well-Known Member

    Uh, no, not really. It is very soft and scratches easily. I have it on the slide of one of my 1911's. Not even close to hard chrome. Looks good though.
  17. Ethereal

    Ethereal Well-Known Member

    +1 for Rinspeed's answer! Next best thing to Glock's Tennifer finish. Second place is their black RoGuard finish
  18. finalcut

    finalcut Well-Known Member

    I wish hard chrome came in black!
  19. Caimlas

    Caimlas Well-Known Member

    Isn't there also 'black chrome'? IMO it trumps plain chrome in the looks dept, but I'm not sure how it holds up physically (probably close enough to not matter). Maybe I'm thinking of 'black nickel'.

  20. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Another vote for hard chrome. Long lasting, doesn't show any wear, and looks like stainless steel.

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