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Bead Blasting

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by III Percenter, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. III Percenter

    III Percenter Hillsboro, OR New Member

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    Was referred over here from The Firing Line Forums, was curious if anyone in the Washington County, OR area have bead blasting equipment? I was looking to take the finish off of the frame and slide of a American Tactical GSG 1911 .22 - it was beat to hell when I bought it so I had to sand down some gouges and such, now I just need to remove the finish so I can get it Cerakoted.

    Appreciate it!
     
  2. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Usually the coating vendor will have the machinery.

    Try Jake at Twisted Firearms.
     
  3. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    No need to waste money on beading it as Cerakote requires it to be blasted with 100-120 grit aluminum oxide. It's expensive media so I would not expect many people other than certified Cerakote applicators to use it. Check the NIC Cerakote applicator locator to find the Certified applicator nearest you.
     
  4. NWCustomFirearms

    NWCustomFirearms Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    I have a bead blaster. Haven't put aluminum grit in it yet though.
     
  5. Mezzovex

    Mezzovex Sherwood Active Member

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    I would suggest glass bead on a gun. Aluminum oxide would be way to rough on it.
     
  6. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    One thing we found out right away is aluminum oxide eats ceramic blast gun tips. Had to buck up to $50 carbide nozzles.

    He is prepping for Cerakote. Glass beads will burnish the surface and Cerakote will just scratch right off. 100-120 grit aluminum oxide is the surface profile required for Cerakote. I am a factory trained applicator.
     
  7. MDunham

    MDunham Portland Oregon New Member

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    Straight Shooter beat me to it. We are located in Vancouver if you make it up that way. We have the equipment and are also certified applicators.