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Old 10-12-2011, 10:50 PM
SnowCrash SnowCrash is offline
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Can I use sandpaper to turn my blued slide into duo-tone?

I have a blued finish PT1911 and want that nice duo tone finish but don't know where to get my hands on just the slide piece.

Can I sandpaper the blued finish off and keep using finer and finer grit until it is at a mirror polish?
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:07 PM
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Probably not! Depends what type of metal the slide is. I would think the duotone slide is stainless and the blued slide is not. If you sand it you will get shiney metal but it will probably rust easily. Purely guess work on my part though!.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:13 PM
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I have a blued finish PT1911 and want that nice duo tone finish but don't know where to get my hands on just the slide piece.

Can I sandpaper the blued finish off and keep using finer and finer grit until it is at a mirror polish?

It depends on how you feel about rust...
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:23 PM
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Honestly I think I changed my mind, I like my 1911 more with an all blued finish.

Is there a rebluing chemical that works really well out there? Or do I have to send it in to have it redone
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:38 AM
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Some folks have had success with various cold blue products out there. Some have posted before and after pics here. If you are not happy with the results you get you can always send it out later. The cold blue at home method will do no harm. It should give a darker look to the standard factory blue finish on carbon steel.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:59 PM
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It depends on how you feel about rust...
Ding, ding, ding... we have a winner.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:53 AM
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What I did with the barrell of my Glock was removed it and soaked it in vinegar for about 3 hours. After the time was up. i just pulled it out, wiped it off and the blueing just came off. Polished the barrell after tht now it looks great. Like Burgs said, rust will be a issue for your 1911.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:05 PM
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I have had success with birchwood casey blueing gel. The liquid stuff is good for small dings but i would just buy the gel to begin with. It matches the factory blueing fairly well and holds up ok. I used it on my ejection port when i lowered it, re-flared it and beveled the inside.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:11 PM
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ding, ding, ding... We have a winner.
lmao!
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:39 PM
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If you like the two-tone look, get your slide coated with gunkote, cerakote, Bearcoat, etc. Should be around $100 (maybe a little more...full gun for $200 or less). These coatings are great as they have a much "softer" feel because they are self lubricating. And, they are corrosion resistant and scratch resistant. Most importantly, they LOOK cool.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:51 AM
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It depends on how you feel about rust...
Maybe because it's early, but that gave me a good chuckle.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:50 PM
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I don't know about that

Wow you guys sound a little more daring than me. I would send it off to be professionally done. More expensive, yes, but cheaper than screwing something up and then having it fixed.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:16 PM
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Sure; if you want a rust colored slide.

With the right color wood grips; you could get a perfect match!

Rick
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:27 AM
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Sure; if you want a rust colored slide.

With the right color wood grips; you could get a perfect match!

Rick
I'm sure he's figured out what he's doing by now.

He asked the question about a year ago.
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