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Old 03-14-2013, 06:05   #1
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Is it possible to "re-blue" the barrel of a Glock?

Hi guys,

I polished the barrel of my G27 and to be honest, it's a little too blingy for me. I was wondering if it's possible to get it back to stock bluing?
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:15   #2
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Hi guys,

I polished the barrel of my G27 and to be honest, it's a little too blingy for me. I was wondering if it's possible to get it back to stock bluing?
You mean tennifer. You can blue it but you would need the machinery that Glock Inc. has, to tennifer the barrel back. The closest you would get to the appereance of the flat black of the tennifer is, if you do a " hot blueing ".
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:19   #3
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You mean tennifer. You can blue it but you would need the machinery that Glock Inc. has, to tennifer the barrel back. The closest you would get to the appereance of the flat black of the tennifer is, if you do a " hot blueing ".
Damn. Time to find a replacement barrel!

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:19   #4
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No, he means the blueing. You cant polish off the tennifer. It's a metal treatment, not a colorant.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:28   #5
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No, he means the blueing. You cant polish off the tennifer. It's a metal treatment, not a colorant.
Correct ,the black finish on the exterior of Glocks is not Tenifer. However Glock at some recent point in time no longer uses the trademarked Tenifer process on their guns. If indeed a part has been Tenifer treated a blueing solution will do nothing to color it,think Cera Kote. SJ 40

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I know, but I have heard several times before here in this forum that once you sand or polish the barrel, you would not get that flat appearance again if you just re-blue. The way I accomplished a similar finish on the past, was on a shotgun barrel. I glass-bead blasted the barrel, then applied the hot blue, and the result was a similar flat velvety black.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:41   #7
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Is it possible to "re-blue" the barrel of a Glock?

It'll blue. Stick a foam ear plug in each end of the barrel, clean it with acetone then alcohol Then drop it in a bowl of cold blue for a few minutes. Remove, wipe down and oil.

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:51   #8
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GLOCK will refinish your barrel if you send it to them.

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Old 03-14-2013, 07:39   #9
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Damn. Time to find a replacement barrel!

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Couldn't you just give it a "brushed steel" look to make it look less pimptacular? At least the barrel hood?

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Couldn't you just give it a "brushed steel" look to make it look less pimptacular? At least the barrel hood?

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Which can be accomplished with a Scotch Brite pad and about two minutes. SJ 40
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Old 03-14-2013, 18:17   #11
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I think I'll try re bluing it myself. What's the worst that can happen? I end up buying another barrel? Not really a huge deal other than the serial numbers will no longer match.
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Old 03-14-2013, 21:08   #12
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I think I'll try re bluing it myself. What's the worst that can happen? I end up buying another barrel? Not really a huge deal other than the serial numbers will no longer match.
It wont hurt it but if you do get it to take any blueing let us know which blue and method you used. As any cold blue I've ever used would not take on the Tenifer and i've used a scad Bluewonder,44-40,BirchWood Casey,Brownells Oxpho Blue and a few others. They would not take but Frank Drebin had better luck than I with it. SJ 40
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:52   #13
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I have heard of people trying to blue a polished Glock barrel and for the most part the bluing wouldn't take and what did take was in splotches, I'd imagine that's because of the Tenifer case hardening done to the surface of the steel. Even if they're not using Tenifer anymore they're still using a similar case hardening process.
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The directions for the cold blueing often recommend scuffing the surface with steel wool. It would not surprise me at all if it did not work well with a polished surface.

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Old 03-16-2013, 23:39   #15
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Did the same thing with my Glock 21, that had a matt chome palted slide, thought polished would look good and but changed my mind.

Glockparts.com beadblasted and re-finshed it in black for under $20. Took less than a week after it got there to get back to me. Very happy with end results. Just don't be expecting any contact with them, e-mails and phone calls go unaswered at this point, as with many Glock suppliers.
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The directions for the cold blueing often recommend scuffing the surface with steel wool. It would not surprise me at all if it did not work well with a polished surface.
Correct, it's kind of like painting anything. For the paint to stick and have somthing to hold onto you have to scuff the surface. I would imagine its the same idea with blueing.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:06   #17
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I'd have it Cerakoted. The professional kind, that requires baking. Not the spray it and forget it.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:58   #18
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I had a polished barrel and ROBAR reblued it for me. No issues so I imagine that it can be done if they did it for me on my polished glock barrel.
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