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Old 06-14-2020, 04:27 PM
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Refinish recommendations?

I have two blued Custom Carry’s. They are set up identically, no front cock serrations and strong side safety only. I am planning to refinish one of them in a more durable finish. My two leading options are Birdsong Black T and sending it back to Baer for DuPont S. Black T is $200 and DuPont is $310 but keeps it in the Baer family. What does everyone think?
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Old 06-14-2020, 06:03 PM
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Neither of those are particularity "durable" finishes.

If you must have one of them I would take the Black T @ $200.

Otherwise spend +/- $400 and get Ionbond DLC.
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Old 06-14-2020, 06:15 PM
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Neither of those are particularity "durable" finishes.

If you must have one of them I would take the Black T @ $200.

Otherwise spend +/- $400 and get Ionbond DLC.
Who would you go through for DLC?
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Old 06-14-2020, 07:21 PM
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Why ruin the "heirloom" finish and erase honest wear?

I refinished one of my original "gamer" guns erasing the honest wear and memories of years of competition. When I gave it to my son he was a little disappointed saying, "Now it's just another gun"!

It's your gun......'s
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Old 06-14-2020, 10:08 PM
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Understand the heart for Blue/Black finish, but I have had a Springfield Custom Shop 1911 in Hard Chrome for 25 years +, it's been carried and shot on a regular basis and has very little wear.
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Old 06-15-2020, 12:53 PM
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Why ruin the "heirloom" finish and erase honest wear?

I refinished one of my original "gamer" guns erasing the honest wear and memories of years of competition. When I gave it to my son he was a little disappointed saying, "Now it's just another gun"!

It's your gun......'s
I definitely get the sentiment. My current duty gun is a Springfield Operator (which is a great gun) but I rarely if ever work during the night anymore so Iím trying to lighten the load due to developing back pain and go with a standard/non-railed 1911. The thought is one of my Baers will remain blued that I carry outside work and at home with all the worn finish character and the other one will be refinished to make it viable for exposed work use. I donít want to start worrying about the gun rusting every time Iím stuck out in the rain with the gun sitting in an exposed holster.
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Old 06-15-2020, 11:12 PM
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You could give hard chrome a look?
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Old 06-15-2020, 11:23 PM
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Neither finish is very durable and I would go with DLC from integrity arms personally
https://www.integrityarmscustoms.com/
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:07 AM
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Hard chrome is the only thing I'd do besides the factory blueing. I wouldnt paint it or nitro carburize it.
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Old 06-16-2020, 11:58 AM
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If you want hard/durable, black, with the original surface prep of polished flats and matte rounds, ionbond is about your only choice.
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:55 PM
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I have 2 black t, one officers model. The other the professional. Its 20 years old. Still looks good. But was never carried. Ive got a SRP model it is dupont s but not handled or shot enough to know. Both finishes are decent, but the black t seems to wear. But what ive read about it there is still a layer protecting the steel from the elements.
I would look at Ion bond. It seems way better. More durable, but costs more. Any layered finish will protect for years but some are more durable. Out of these 3 finishes ion bond would be the one id choose.
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:01 AM
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go with something stock blue or hard chrome
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:01 AM
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Birdsong used to treat the steel with Molybdenum Disulfide prior to coating. You could rub the finish bare and it still wouldn't rust.
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:22 PM
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Birdsong used to treat the steel with Molybdenum Disulfide prior to coating. You could rub the finish bare and it still wouldn't rust.
Has that changed?
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Old 06-20-2020, 06:43 AM
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Why ruin the "heirloom" finish and erase honest wear?

I refinished one of my original "gamer" guns erasing the honest wear and memories of years of competition. When I gave it to my son he was a little disappointed saying, "Now it's just another gun"!

It's your gun......'s
Couldnít have said it better...
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:56 PM
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Neither of those options are durable. I had Nighthawk do mine in a DLC with a light polish on the side to replicate a Blued finish. They also take care of any sharp edges that may be present on it. It's worth the time and money.
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:55 PM
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Another vote for DLC, on a Baer no less

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Old 07-03-2020, 01:37 AM
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Wow, that^^^^^^^^is nice.
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Old 07-03-2020, 01:57 AM
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Another vote for DLC, on a Baer no less

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Who did the work? It looks great.
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Old 07-03-2020, 01:59 AM
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Neither of those options are durable. I had Nighthawk do mine in a DLC with a light polish on the side to replicate a Blued finish. They also take care of any sharp edges that may be present on it. It's worth the time and money.
Do you have a picture of yours?
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