Coating for 1911--Durability Needed

Coating for 1911--Durability Needed

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    Coating for 1911--Durability Needed

    Can anyone point me in the right direction of a super-durable black coating for my Dan Wesson 1911. There are a ton out there and my main interests are:

    1) Something that is crazy durable and isn't going to easily scratch or chip.

    2) A shiny gloss black finish.

    Ultimately, I want my DW to look very similar to the Wilson pictured below:



    Any help would be great! Thanks!
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    First, keep in mind all finishes can get scratched. Wilson's Armor Tuff is a very good finish IMHO, and I believe they'll apply that if you want (you already like the look).

    That said, if I were wishing to refinish in the toughest out there, I'd be very tempted to try Ion-Bond (try google, not sure if it's one word or two). Rumored to be about as or tougher than hard chrome (which is one of the best). In fact I'm pretty sure within a couple years I'll have a customized 1911 finished in it (just need to finish a couple other project guns first!).
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    Check out mrarms in MI. Just google it. Mike does great work.

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    Yep, IonBond is the way to go, and yes they can make it shine like a nice blued look as well as a matt finish.
    It is all we use on our 1911PW's

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    Thanks guys!

    I just left a message for Ryan Flynn with IonBond in North Carolina:

    IonBond, LLC
    Attn: Ryan Flynn
    7856 McCloud Road
    Greensboro, NC 27409
    Phone: 336-665-0005 ext 1340
    Fax: 336-665-0035

    And hopefully he gets back to me early next week with pricing, etc. I'll also give Wilson a call and see what they quote me.

    Thanks again.
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    From what you guys are talking about it sounds like they are putting DLC on it. What all do they coat and how much. I worked for a company that coats and they just got the rights to use DLC-SI, from what I heard before I got laid off it that DLC-SI is better than DLC, but they have never coated a firearm before.

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    Check this company, very highly rated!


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    anybody ever tries armoly? Dont think you can get it black, but have heard its durable.
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    Black-T and Melonite QPQ are the ones that come to mind first. I haven't heard of others being more durable, but I haven't looked in a while either.


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    Does $170 sound excessive to you guys for coating the slide?

    I've only gotten the (1) quote thus far but was curious how that would sit with you guys?

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    DLC is not cheap. And that's pretty much the only drawback. It looks much better than the spray-n-bakes and wears less - it looks almost like bluing except its more gray in the tone.

    $170 doesnt sound so bad, I seem to recall seeing quotes around $300-400 for entire 1911s. Does it include any pretreatment or just coating it the way it arrives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hihosilver View Post
    anybody ever tries armoly? Dont think you can get it black, but have heard its durable.
    Are you talking about Armoloy in CT.?
    Armoloy of Connecticut

    This is a thin dense chrome finish that has good corrosion resistance but will it show scratch marks. These guys are industrial finishers and I believe you need a FFL or some other type of permit to work on firearm parts??? Not sure about that, but I have a local company here that told me they used to do a lot of slides but stopped because the ATF wanted them to get some sort of license............

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    The new commander bobtail that Fusion is buiding for me should be on it's way for Ion DLC coating today. I have read about it and have yet to come across a negative about it. The military is supposedly testing it for use INSIDE barrels to reduce wear etc. Thousands of rounds through with no discernable wear - that's impressive.
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