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Don Davis 11-18-2009 12:22 AM

Black to Stainless
I just bought my XDm two days ago and I too like the 2 tone better.

But at the time I bought my gun it was on sale and they didn't have it in two tone at any price.

It seems that I seen posts of people getting their slides redone from black to stainless for a reasonable price.

I just can't remember where.

Any body know??



lonyaeger 11-18-2009 12:27 AM

I don't know, but I doubt that you can change the finish. If you can get a stainless slide from SA, that might cost less than getting yours refinished....not sure if you can do either. I agree, though, that the two-tone looks better.

Motodeficient 11-18-2009 02:00 AM

I would also be interested in getting a stainless slide for my XD9 if I could find one decently priced. Anyone know how much they run from SA. Probably a good chunk of change.

FCross7 11-18-2009 02:32 AM

You can't get it refinished to a Stainless. Stainless is different than regular steel because it has chromium in it. No chromium, no stainless. There probably are places however that could give it some sort of metal looking finish, but like some others said, it would probably be about as cheap to just get a stainless slide from SA.


canebrake 11-18-2009 02:52 AM

Get it Cerakote coated.

Don Davis 11-18-2009 02:40 PM

I have already called SA and they will not sell a slide of any color.

Any other suggestions?

orangello 11-18-2009 02:41 PM

I feel your pain man; when i got my XD45, the only one available with the 5" barrel was OD green. I found it very weird having never owned any firearm that wasn't black, blue, or stainless. It grew on me quickly, especially the first time out to shoot when my buddy pointed out that my pullover was the same exact color. I have since put an OD green stock on my SKS.

Give it a chance, IMO. :)

Bighead 11-18-2009 07:47 PM

You won't be able to get stainless because it isn't a finish, but you can get a silver finish if that is what you like.

You can do an electroless nickel, and you should be able to find a quality gun smith locally who can do that work for you at reasonable prices.

Another choice would be Robar's NP3 finish. Visit Robar Premium Finishing & Firearms Home Page. Lots of cool pics too.

Phelenwolf 12-12-2009 07:50 PM

You would be better off trying to order a new SS slide from Springfield. You can order all the spare parts to repair it why not a spare slide.

Don Davis 12-26-2009 07:24 PM

Well I solved my problem by selling the black XDm for $35 less than I paid for it.

I found the Tutone on sale and just bought it new.

It ended up being a lot cheaper.

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