Care and Feeding a Parkerized Finish

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    Question Care and Feeding a Parkerized Finish

    I have read that grease is better than oil on a parkerized finish. Not for lubrication, but for the finish itself.

    I have always used oil.

    Which is better and what kind of grease/oil do you use?

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    Rig Grease Works Pretty well But i Myself mostly use oil

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    A nice aspect of a Parkerized finish is that it holds the lubrication to the firearm. Whether to use grease or oil depends on where you are using the firearm. For long term storage, use grease; Rig is a good choice. For carrying the firearms in humid climates, grease might be okay too, but I prefer an oil with good protective qualities. Rig #2 or Sheath are good choices. In less challegning environments, any CLP will do the job.

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    I like using tetra grease for the outside, I will just rub it in and wipe off the excess. When I use oil it doesn't work at well on the finish on my 1911 (parkerized).
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    A parked finish is not going to rust, so I don't use oil on it. It slicks up from handling after awhile and doesn't oil spot as much.
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    An untreated Parkerized finish will certainly rust. Just hide and watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    An untreated Parkerized finish will certainly rust. Just hide and watch.
    Indeed they will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    An untreated Parkerized finish will certainly rust. Just hide and watch.
    Absolutely it will rust

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    I agree. A parkerized finish will rust if not taken care of. We are fortunate to have many good products now to prevent this result.

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