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To sandblast, blackchrome or not?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by coltnewbie, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. coltnewbie

    coltnewbie earth New Member

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    Just acquired a hand me down colt combat commander which I think needs to be brought back to life...deciding to either have it blackchromed, sand blasted (but thinking it might affect its value) or just live it as is... opinions anyone?

    link to photos:

    P1000979.jpg picture by mgtoma - Photobucket

    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    I've got a blast cabinet that I could put glass beads in it if you want to try that out. Of coarse I would have to make sure it still works afterwards.
    Mike
     
  3. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    a satin bead blasted finish is pretty cool, use fine, or well used glass beads. Personally I would polish the flat sides of the slide and frame to about a 400 grit, to restore a factory look to it.
     
  4. williamcjones1988

    williamcjones1988 Portland, OR Member

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    Not to get off topic, but I was considering hard chroming my hk usp, but I aged looking up black Chrome I think it would stand out amount the rest thanks for posting the thread would never had know it were possible
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I sent my Commander up to Mike @ NW Gun Refinishing.
    He did an amazing two color job on mine.
    The pistol was dropped, and it cracked the frame between the main spring housing and the magazine well.
    The previous owner had it Tig welded and the repair ruined the anodizing on the aluminum frame.
    I should have had the feed ramp and ejection port worked done before I sent it up to Mike for the Cerakoting, because it's a little fussy with some ammo.

    colt commander 001.jpg
     
  6. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    That looks like an easy fix. Start by sanding out any dings or imperfections. Then use a garnet mix to blast down the entire gun. Then you can either brush the flats or take a 80 grit glass bead to the entire gun for that silky look.
     
  7. coltnewbie

    coltnewbie earth New Member

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    ok, thanks for your replies...will now embark on restoring it...hope it all goes well...
     
  8. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    Post pics when your done so we can see how it turned out.
     
  9. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Hard chrome is the hardest most durable gun finish there is. If it is tough enough for bearing surfaces of turbines it is plenty tough for guns. BTW when the heck did it become fashionable to paint your guns?
     
  10. coltnewbie

    coltnewbie earth New Member

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    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    That looks super nice. Just like a Colt should. It takes so little work to make a stainless Colt look awesome.
     
  12. coltnewbie

    coltnewbie earth New Member

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    Thanks. Well, just had it glass beadblasted to retain the deepness of the markings and etchings. Also had the hammer,gripsafety and slidestop emphasized by having it chromed. I didnt replace anything so it wouldnt lose its "coltness"....
     
  13. coltnewbie

    coltnewbie earth New Member

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    Yup, this took little work to bring it back to life...thanks for the compliment.
     
  14. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    misconceptions abound here-

    Hard chrome is not a series of platimgs, it bonds on a molecular level directly with the steel.

    If the underlying metal is plated AFTER it is bead blasted it will retain the blasted look and actually bonds the plating better, more surface area and a better "key" for the plating. I have seen hard chromed guns after 10,000 rounds of competition show no appreciable wear at all.

    As far as rust, stainless steel will rust. I have never seen any corrosion on hard chrome.