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a simple mag refinishing

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Serpico, May 21, 2004.

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  1. Serpico

    Serpico Member

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    I recently sent 4 of my hi-power mags out to Mac's Restorations and he did a great job on them....then I found one more grizzled old mag and was wondering if I can just refinish it myself as a little project...after a little steel wool and a cleaning, what can I do at hime to give it a simple durable finish?
     
  2. IamV

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    i'm assuming your magazines are some type of carbon steel and not stainless or plated..

    one option is that you can parkerize and then coat it with some brand of teflon/moly coat... you can just spray it without the 'park', but it doesnt provide as much 'tooth' for the teflon/moly...

    the spray/bake route is not hard to accomplish but to get good results, you really need to have access to a bead blaster... ive done parts where I havent bead blasted and it's never been as good as parts that have been blasted, re-parked, sprayed and then finally baked.. whenever i skip the blast, parkerize step.. the coating never holds up as well...

    oh, i almost forgot, there's an issue with using steel wool to clean/buff metal... you run the risk of having steel particles from the wool imbed itself into the surface that you're rubbing.... it's problematic due to a possiblity of having the steel wool particles rusting at some later time...

    doing the blasting, reparking and spray/bake is quite easy and isnt' time consuming once you get the hang of it... also, it's fairly cheap and if you make a mistake, it's easy to manage.. the only thing that's iffy is the bead blasting cabinet...good luck if you dont have access to one..

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  3. BluesBear

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    My brother had some magazines bead blasted a couple of years ago.
    He found a local hot rod shop that would do them for $2 each.
    He then re-parked them with one of those home parkerizing kits and they can out looking splendid.
     
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