I am considering taking the DIY plunge towards parkerizing an old pistol. I am still not 1,000 percent convinced however this is the way to go. If I move in this direction I will use one of the pre-mixed kits such as those sold by Brownells or Shooter Solutions. My question is related to the effect of polishing the gun before the dip into the solution. I am fully aware that parkerizing is most often chosen as a way to hide pits, and rough finishes as part of the process is a sandblasting with aluminum oxide or glass beading. It was developed for the military as a lower cost alternative to final polishing then bluing. Later on it was also found to be corrosion resistant and the combination of lower cost and corrosion resistance were such that the military adapted it back in the 40s. However, I have a pistol I don't want to sandblast. I like the look of parkerized, and therefore lean that way. The gun has been polished to a 1,000 grit finish. How important is the sandblasting to the overall end result? Is the sandblasting done simply to minimize any existing pitting or scratches, or is it necessary as providing little dimples for the solution to settle into? My question therefore is can a highly polished pistol be parkerized without sandblasting it and will the finish be as durable as it would be if the gun had been sandblasted first? Has anyone tried this?