Conditioning the matte parkerized slide finish?
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Semi-Auto Handguns > 1911 Forum > Conditioning the matte parkerized slide finish?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-03-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
StainlessSteel215's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 821
Liked 282 Times on 204 Posts
Likes Given: 192

Default Conditioning the matte parkerized slide finish?

I was watching a youtube video of my boy Pete at the Armory Channel. A while back he picked up a Rock Island compact tactical 1911 and had his 'smith condition the metal to a smooth and satin end result. Ive never seen this process before but the gun looked fantastic and smooth afterwards. Thats honestly by biggest gripe with the Rock Islands...the cheap dull matte finish. This could be a nice workaround if the price is right....

anyone have experience with this process? worth it?

__________________
StainlessSteel215 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 05-03-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Olympus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,301
Liked 430 Times on 283 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

Parkerizing is meant to be that way so that it will absorb and hold oil to prevent corrosion.

If you want to see how the finish changes, simply take a clean tag with some heavy gun oil and start rubbing the oil into the metal. Do this regularly and you'll start seeing a smoother finish.

__________________
Olympus is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2013, 06:53 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
StainlessSteel215's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 821
Liked 282 Times on 204 Posts
Likes Given: 192

Default

Really? Ive never owned a gun with the dull parkerized finish so I was weary...but if its as simple as working oil into the metal repeatedly I think I can get over this rough looking finish. Thanks man

__________________
StainlessSteel215 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Olympus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,301
Liked 430 Times on 283 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

No problem. I mean it's always going to be somewhat rough. That's just the nature of the parkerizing. But the oil will smooth it up a little over time and give it a more uniform color. If someone "polished" it out, I'd be afraid that they removed some of the protective finish off. Dull and rough and protective is better than smooth and polished and more likely to corrode.

__________________
Olympus is offline  
limbkiller Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2013, 10:24 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Heidelberg,MS
Posts: 1,405
Liked 77 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 28

Default

Automatic transmission fluid is good on parkerizing.

__________________

DEO VINDICE

http://blackpowdertimes.com/index.php

Hawg is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2013, 06:07 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 81
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawg
Automatic transmission fluid is good on parkerizing.
Is that true!? How and why?
__________________
thewildwonder is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2013, 08:05 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
DrumJunkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Here in the holler....
Posts: 4,823
Liked 1616 Times on 944 Posts
Likes Given: 1894

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by thewildwonder View Post
Is that true!? How and why?
I was curious about it sa well and got to looking . Seems that Automatic Transmission Fluid is a great deacidifying oil. I found it in a few different pages about parkerizing or blueing parts.
__________________

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

DrumJunkie is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HOSSFLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lufkin,Tx
Posts: 6,932
Liked 2180 Times on 1471 Posts
Likes Given: 1191

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Olympus View Post
Parkerizing is meant to be that way so that it will absorb and hold oil to prevent corrosion.

If you want to see how the finish changes, simply take a clean tag with some heavy gun oil and start rubbing the oil into the metal. Do this regularly and you'll start seeing a smoother finish.
Quote:
Originally Posted by StainlessSteel215 View Post
Really? Ive never owned a gun with the dull parkerized finish so I was weary...but if its as simple as working oil into the metal repeatedly I think I can get over this rough looking finish. Thanks man
Very true-
I did mine over a week or so while watching TV at night
Thats what i call multi-tasking
__________________

Texan By Birth & Choice
USMC/VIET NAM VET

HOSSFLY is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2013, 07:23 AM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 81
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrumJunkie

I was curious about it sa well and got to looking . Seems that Automatic Transmission Fluid is a great deacidifying oil. I found it in a few different pages about parkerizing or blueing parts.
Did you read it or actually try it? Two very different things lol
__________________
thewildwonder is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bartwatkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Birmingham,AL
Posts: 454
Liked 60 Times on 45 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by thewildwonder View Post
Did you read it or actually try it? Two very different things lol
Opinions on the "best" lubes vary as much as "best" guns or "best" brand threads....
That said however, I blend my own gun oil/lube and have for years. ATF fluid is great and is one of my main ingredients.
I have a Springer loaded 1911 that is park'd and the finish responds to basically any oil/lube but ATF fluid is great on it too.
So I actually try it (or have/do use it).

Here is my mixture blend by the way:
I use this oil blend exclusively on all my pistols and rifles.

80% - Mobil 1 synthetic (5w-30)
10% - Marvel Mystery Oil
10% - Dextron VI ATF
__________________
bartwatkins is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
parkerized finish little rust cghamm117 General Shotgun Discussion 4 03-07-2013 03:39 AM
Wax on a matte finish barrel? chloeshooter General Rifle Discussion 2 09-05-2012 04:21 AM
Remington's parkerized finish pe175 General Shotgun Discussion 14 05-20-2012 07:59 PM
surface rust on a matte finish. drewoufan Engraving & Refinishing 3 09-27-2011 06:19 AM
BERSA Thunder .380 Matte Blue Finish $270.14 Cope's Distributing Sponsor Display 0 04-21-2011 07:37 PM