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Refinishing a Zippo lighter

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by b money, Mar 31, 2012.

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  1. b money

    b money Member

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    I just picked up a $10 plain Jain Zippo at Walmart the other day and of course I can't just leave it like that. So my original idea was to go in a vintage WWII direction by Parkerizing both the insert and the outside case(inside because I want it black/matte) and then after park, duracoat the outside case OD green. Now my problems started when I found out that zippo inserts are made of stainless, and the case is made out of a nickel/chrome plated brass neither of which can be parkerized. So my question is what can I do to finish the SS insert in something black that is comparable to pakerizing that wont wear off easy. And also I'm going to duracoat/durabake the outside anyways but I still feel a base coating like Parkerizing would be better that way if the OD duracoat starts fading it wont go back to a shiny nickel finish and still keep that vintage build for a purpose feel. Any ideas?

    Mods if this is not the right forum feel free to move, I just thought because I'm refinishing it using gun coatings this would be the best spot.
     
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  2. Giterboosted

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    Flat black Durabake the insert, worked out fine for me, just don't go too thick or you have a hard time gettin it back in
     
  3. Jim K

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    I wondered about the connection with guns, then I realized that it is a Zippo Gun.

    Jim
     
  4. b money

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    Haha not quite, just a plain old wind proof lighter, and there isn't much connection with guns other than the fact that millions of GI's used them, and I plan to use gun coatings on it. Giter- if dura coat held up I guess I'll just use that then. Thanks
     
  5. Ron James

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    Then why not buy a Zippo reproduction vintage lighter. The make several versions for different eras , and yes there is quite a difference in the old ones and the new. If your are going to do it, heck, do it right:)
     
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    I didnt know zippo made repo's of there older style lighters. I will defiantly look into that.
     
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