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Old 05-15-2010, 03:57   #1
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Protecting a polished blued finish...

Is there a metal treatment that will give the look of a highly polished blue finish? Or a way of treating a blued finish gun that will retain the depth of the finish but also make it resistant to wear?

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Old 05-18-2010, 09:41   #2
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There is nothing available that will give the luster and depth of a nice high polish blue finish. There are some satin black finishes available (such as our Roguard) but frankly they cannot duplicate the appearance of bluing.

Bluing is a type of black oxide finish, it is what is considered a conversion process rather than a coating or plating. As such, the blue/black finish is extremely thin; if you were to measure a steel part - even to .0001" - before and after bluing you would not be able to measure any dimensional change. All a long-winded way of saying that bluing is very thin and wears through pretty quickly.

Unfortunately there is no way to protect a blued firearm that is used & carried from showing wear over time. You can minimize the wear by using a properly fitted, good quality holster and not using abrasive cleaning products like lead removal cloths. The only "trick" I've heard is to apply a paste wax to the surface, but that would be more for corrosion resistance than protection from wear in my opinion.
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Old 10-21-2010, 18:28   #3
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...if you were to measure a steel part - even to .0001" - before and after bluing you would not be able to measure any dimensional change.
I'm sorry, but are you saying that a blued finish is only one ten-thousanths of an inch thick?

For comparison purposes, how thick is the NP3 finish?

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