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Melonite stainless steel?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by BSA1, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


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

  3. 25cschaefer

    25cschaefer Well-Known Member

    Bead blast and blue, assuming that particular SS will accept blue, sometimes they don't. There are always spray-ons.
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.

  6. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Hit_Factor

    Hit_Factor Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    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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