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Old 04-02-2013, 12:20 AM   #11
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Its Hard chrome on the side but the top looks bead blasted.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:25 AM   #12
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Its Hard chrome on the side but the top looks bead blasted.
could you post a picture? does it look similar to gloss stainless steel?

my American Classic Commander did have a hard chrome finish, but i bead blasted mine several times and blued it. it looked like SS before i blasted it. it should be steel underneath the chrome finish, but i am at a loss as to what to use to try and match it. maybe we can come with something.
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Yeah i thought about just painting it but dont think that would hold up to oiling and a guy at work said to have it powder coated not sure how well that would hold up either.





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very similar to the finish on my AC Commander. the hard chrome is just that a finish on top of the steel. once it's machined it's going to expose the raw material and it will need something to prevent rusting. just not for sure as to what would work to match it though. you could use some touch-up blueing, but it wont match the rest of the slide.

well Girsan, i'm stumped!

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Do you think powder coating it would hold up to the oiling?

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Do you think powder coating it would hold up to the oiling?
powder coating is pretty tuff stuff and it probably wouldn't need oiling if it was properly. maybe a clear powedercoating? just an idea.
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Clear? Didnt think of that good idea. and i wasnt sayin oil the powder coat, was just thinking if oil did get rubbed onto it, if it would take it off or bubble it up.

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Clear? Didnt think of that good idea. and i wasnt sayin oil the powder coat, was just thinking if oil did get rubbed onto it, if it would take it off or bubble it up.
powdercoating done properly is tuff stuff! really tuff! you cant beat it off with a hammer and it's hard as hell to even sand it off, even with a sander. iw ouldn't do the slide rails as it can change the tolerances and cause fitment issues.
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Cool, and i was just gonna have the area where it is being machined done. Thanks for the info and idea Axxe

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Cool, and i was just gonna have the area where it is being machined done. Thanks for the info and idea Axxe
that was something i was thinking about too. make sure they use the heat resistant tape made for use with powdercoating.

you're welcome and hope i helped you out. and good luck and post a couple of pictures when it's finished. looking forward to seeing it.
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