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Parkerized vs Blued

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Slater, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Slater

    Slater Participating Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Flagstaff AZ
    Considering the cost of chemicals, equipment, time, etc., is it generally cheaper to Blue a gun than Parkerize it, or are they about the same?
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 3, 2003
    South PA, and a bit West of center!
    Just my thinking and subject to correction.

    I'd think a top class bluing (a la Smith - old style) would cost more. Park'ing is of course work and chemical intensive but IMO may run a bit cheaper. It is also (IMO again) the more durable finish, if not as aesthetically pleasing.
  3. Fumbler

    Fumbler Participating Member

    Oct 28, 2004
    Rocky Mount, NC, USA
    For standard level finishes I think it's a little cheaper to parkerize a gun.

    For a crappy blueing job vs a crappy parkerizing job it's probably cheaper to blue.

    However, a top of the line blue job will be much more labor intensive in the metal prep and will cost much much more than any parkerizing job.

    I have seen some parkerizing jobs that looked much better than any blueing short of a Colt Python, but its kinda comparing apples and oranges as you can't have a glossy glass-like park job.

    I would rather have a good parkerizing than a decent blueing on most working guns.

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