Need some parkerizing advice
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February 13th, 2008 10:25 AM
Need some parkerizing advice
I have a .22 rifle and 12g pump that rode around in the rack of a farm pickup for a long time. Mechanically they are both very sound, but they need a new outside wood and metal finish. I'm considering re-finished the stocks and parkerizing the metal.
I'd like some advice/links on parkerizing. I'd appreciate vendors that sell a good product and have good customer support. I have a big shop here so working conditions/tools, etc are not a problem.
Thanks in advance. I might do a before and after photo thread one day.
February 13th, 2008 10:51 AM
Ask one of your local shops. Most have a place they use to re-blue or refinish firearms parts etc.... I like the parkerized look better than the blued especially for shotguns. Parkerizing the way I understand it takes a bit more than re-bluing and may run you a bit more. The final color of the parkerized finish is determined by the chemicals used from what I gather and you can get greens to grays. The process also leaves a somewhat textured feel as opposed to a smooth feel. If you cannot find someone local, you may end up shipping it.
Here is the shop that has done a couple of my shotguns in the past--excellent work worth the wait IMO.
February 13th, 2008 10:55 AM
Parkerizing. fairly simple process.
Clean and degrease just to keep oil out of your solution.
Sand blast and then wear gloves to keep skin oil off your blasted surfaces.
Immerse your parts in your Parkerizing solution set a temp slightly less than boiling.
Then go into clean boiling or very hot water to rinse.
Quickly blow the parts off with compressed air and then saturate coat or immerse in oil.
Some folks keep the parts in (or heavily coated with oil) overnight.
Wipe them off,
Addition: Since Parkerizing will etch metal ~ if you're going to do barrels then plug them because you'll not want to etch your bores.
Also: The Manganese Parkerizing is the Mil Spec stuff and it does hold up much better than the Zinc.
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February 14th, 2008 09:52 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to think for a while and decide if I want to do it myself or send them off. I don't really need any other projects, but I always enjoy a good challenge and learning something new.
February 14th, 2008 01:37 PM
If you want to keep them forever check this guy out
Oakridge Custom Finishing, LLC - Home
he parkerizes then duracoat check it out
His name is Gary Hadley
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