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purehavoc 02-12-2013 12:57 AM

phosphating XD slide problem , Help Please
I have done a few parts and AR barrels and they turn out beautiful , I got a XD that had surface rust all over the slide . I figured I would bead blast it , degunk it and give it a new face, when I pull it out of the phosphate and rinse it its looks beautiful as soon as I hit it with some oil it wipes off back to bare metal ? Im stumped , I have tried this 3 times with this slide with the same results ,
Too much nickel in the steel ? I do not believe its stainless or it would have not rusted like it did .
Im very very confused and really do not want to paint it but Im believing it may be my only choice. :(

purehavoc 02-12-2013 03:26 PM

It is not stainless , It is a forged steel which should not be a problem and I should not have this going on . I believe it was previously melonited and it has been bead blasted off. should this maybe have not gottem through all the melonite coating ? its all the way to the steel or appears to be anyway . Maybe I will put some fine sand in the cabinet and give that a go as its a bit more abrasive to make sure its all off .
Heres the link to the XD9SC showing the slide is forged steel

orangello 02-12-2013 07:15 PM


purehavoc 02-12-2013 08:03 PM


Originally Posted by orangello (Post 1134740)

After much of my afternoon in depth research at work today melonite coating is not actually the coating on the outside, melonite is a thermo chemical treatment that actually penetrates the metal and makes the steel harder , it is a black oxide coating that they put over the top that makes it black and it does not even have have just decent rust resistant properties < Well damn thats obvious > now once its been melonite treated its pretty much permanently embedded in the metal . Springfield has since changed this process because of its sh!tty rest preventative properties . So my beater gun is getting the best treatment she deserves , Flat black ACE hardware premium spray bomb @ $8 a can , .
Thanks alot Springfield , you suck !!!!!
However I did call a guy that does duracoat today but he isnt 100% sure it will adhere well to the bare melonited metal and thinks it may not be very long lasting either under the circumstances . Oh well Ace Hareware here I come and if she gets beat up I will give her another coat of flat love . :D

orangello 02-12-2013 08:43 PM

Rutro! I better oil my XD45 slide & barrel when i get home.

BillDeShivs 02-12-2013 08:55 PM

Have your slide plated with nickel or industrial hard chrome.

orangello 02-12-2013 08:57 PM


Originally Posted by BillDeShivs (Post 1134846)
Have your slide plated with nickel or industrial hard chrome.

I love the flat nickel finish that Bersa puts on their Thunder 380's, but i don't like the nickel finish on my Bersa Thunder9ucPro or my CZ75b duotone nearly as much, too goldish.

Hard chrome might look darned cool on a XD slide.

bige91603 02-12-2013 08:58 PM

Try to cerakote it

purehavoc 02-12-2013 09:30 PM


Originally Posted by bige91603 (Post 1134851)
Try to cerakote it

Thought about that but the guy said the same thing as with the duracoat on the raw melonited surface
. Like I said its a beater training gun so Im giving her the ideal treatment for her . Im not a chrome blingy kinda person but that would be the a great looking gun

purehavoc 02-14-2013 03:47 PM

I went with the cheap route I gave her the $7 spray bomb Ace Hardware premium treatment , 3 coats with black satin and then baked her for 30 min at 285 degrees , the finish is pretty hard , I had a accidental punch hit last night and it did no damage . Over all it looks good enough for me :D

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