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I am thinking about getting a used S&W 442-1 (stainless steel) finish. I would like to have it refinished to blue/black finish like the newer S&W 442. Is this possible?
 

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If the gun has a nickel plated finish, then yes, you can have the nickel stripped and get it blued instead. If it's made of stainless steel, then no, you can't have it blued.
 

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Bluing Is Out

You can get it chemically blackened though...or black chrome can also be done on stainless.
 

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S&W did some blackened SS guns for a HP department, several years ago- they would not refinish them, as the process was prohibitively expensive. Black chrome would be ok, as long as it is not a carry/much used piece- BC is roughly equal to electrloess nickle, in wear resistence(from what I've been told).

A polymer finish will run about the same as BC.

Check in with Cogan Custom/Accurate Plating&Weaponry, Ford's Guns, Checkmate, and possibly Birdsong. They'll know best....:wave:
 

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there are a number of coatings you can have applied. I have a Kahr P9 that has the stainless slide but it has a tungsten DLC? coating that makes it black. It's a hard coat that has held up to a kydex holster for a long time.

Gideon
 
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