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Old 11-07-2005, 09:16 AM
eleiko eleiko is offline
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Touch-Up For Parkerized Finish?




We've all done it - scratched up that tiny area below the slide catch during assembly/disassembly of our 1911s. Is there anything I can use to touch up this area (parkarized finish) of my Springfield mil spec? A Brownell's tech support staffer said you can't touch up a parkerized finish. The best I can do, he said, is to apply Birchwood-Casey "cold blue" or "black-blue" . Comments welcome.
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Old 11-07-2005, 01:45 PM
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There is no touch-up for parkerizing.

The best you can do is use a cold blue to at least darken the scratch so it's not so noticeable.

The cold blue won't match the dark gray color, but it's the best you can do.

One problem with cold blues is, on parkerized finishes, they can darken a wider area on the finish, leaving a darker "splotch" around the scratch.
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:23 PM
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There is no touch-up for parkerizing.

The best you can do is use a cold blue to at least darken the scratch so it's not so noticeable.

The cold blue won't match the dark gray color, but it's the best you can do.

One problem with cold blues is, on parkerized finishes, they can darken a wider area on the finish, leaving a darker "splotch" around the scratch.
Which is exactly what I'm afraid of.
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:13 PM
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I've applied cold blue with a toothpick, and managed to avoid spreading it beyond the intended area. If it makes you feel any better, I saw a gun one of the auction sites that had the "takedown mark" running not only in an arc downward toward the trigger guard, but UPWARD, across the entire slide! And, there are still a few of us who have managed to avoid putting an idi . . . uh, takedown mark on our guns.
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:45 PM
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Or if you really want to get 'fancy', just cleanup the gun and cold blue the whole thing. It'll just give you a darker park.

As for how much the bue will come off in your hands, not a clue. I touch up blued over park on my project slide and it hides A LOT of blemishes.

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Old 11-07-2005, 03:49 PM
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I have fixed some wear after the slidestop (ounder the whole thing, not the idio... mark) on my parkerized. It came out quite good. I used Birchwood Caseys Perma Blue on a qtip.
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Old 11-07-2005, 05:39 PM
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I just applied the Super Blue. Will let it dry 24 hrs and then see. So far, it looks okay. My last Springfield, a stainless, looked pristine - not a 100th of a millimeter scratch to be seen. Guess my dexterity is slipping.
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