refinishing for the DIY'er

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by 70cuda383, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

    I've got a well used 92FS that has some wear in the finish, and is almost a gloss now from being "rubbed" so much over the years, as well as some spots where the black has worn away to bare aluminum/steel.

    wondering what is available to a home hobbyist do-it-yourself'er that's economical, yet still dependable/durable.

    I'm aware of the duracoat, but that seems to be just a paint with a hardener in it. they pictures I've seen all look amazing when it's fresh, but how do they look in 5 or 10 years?

    I'd prefer to avoid something that needs baked on, but it's not out of the question...I'm just not too keen on the idea of stripping the firearm down to a bare frame to avoid heat damage to springs or plastic parts. (although I don't think my older 92FS has any plastic on it) nor am I very keen on the thought of using my home kitchen oven that gets used to make dinner, to bake a finish onto a firearm.

    Plus, I think some of the parts in the Beretta are not meant to be taken apart by the home hobbyist, and requires special gunsmithing tools/equipment, which I don't have. buying new tools and stuff would quickly eliminate the affordability of doing it myself, and I might as well send it out for refinishing.

    I'm not sure what's involved in parkerizing, but I imagine it's similar process to plating, which requires a dunk tank, and special equipment to provide the positive/negative charge to get the plating to stick...again...not really affordable or practical for a one time hobbyist like myself.

    So what have you all used, and what has worked well and stood up over the years so far?

  2. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

    Your gun looks pretty good! A little touch-up cold blue for steel or Alumi-black for aluminum. Don't even need to as much as open the action.

    Or use a black permanent marker to touch it up.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013

  3. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    It looks pretty good in my book. If I did refinish it I would send it back to Beratta. Home refinish jobs look like home refinish jobs. Jobs done by local gunsmiths look a little better. I have never dealt with Beratta. I had Ruger refinish my Super Blackhawk. It looked like a new gun when I got it back and I couldn't have done it any cheaper at home. Especially if your time and quality of the finish count for anything.
  4. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

    Honestly, it adds character.
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Stillbatt- unless you plan to give your dog a couple of coats of linseed oil, yer posting in the wrong place. This is refinishing. There is a Hunting topic. Stroll over there and more likely to get an answer.
  6. DuraCoater

    DuraCoater New Member

    Gunsmithing != Refinishing Capability

    They are two different types of skill sets. If your intent is to pay someone to do it, then focus on someone with experience and proper equipment.

    I refinish out of my home, but I will take a guess when you used the term "home refinish" you mean someone with no experience doing it for the first time and not in a literal sense. lol

    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013