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Parkerized vs Blued

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

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  1. Slater

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    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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