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Can This Colt Finish Be Reblued?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by doc540, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. doc540

    doc540

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    Doesn't look to be a full, parkerized finish, but can 1911's like this be reblued by Colt in Royal Blue?

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  2. Baba Louie

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    Well, yes, but at some expense if you want to save the roll marks. (Hey some people like the ORM) The 1991 models were sorta cheap on the finish end to keep price point down to compete with Kimber and Springfield IIRC.

    The Royal Blue is polish polish polish, then blue. So you're going to have some time spent getting the old finish off then getting that steel smooth as glass and imperfection free.

    But I'm sure Colt could do the job.
     

    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012

  3. doc540

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    Thanks

    I've talked to Colt about the refinish process and price, just wasn't sure that particular finish was a candidate.
     
  4. MD357

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    Just out of curiosity, what does Colt want to charge you to do it in "Royal Blue?"
     
  5. doc540

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    They have to actually inspect the job before they bid it, but $350-$400 is a ballpark price.
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Not sure due to the detail of the pics,......but the finish you have
    may be a matte blue. Basically blasted then blued.
     
  7. doc540

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    Thanks, not parkerized, right?
     
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Not the fault of the photographer, but I just can not tell with pictures.
    But it is not a "spray & bake" finish, it's not park'ed, so I am thinking
    it MUST be a "matte blued" finish.
     
  9. Bren

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    For less than 2 refin jobs you could go buy a used blue Colt and then you'd have 2 guns.
     
  10. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    For that price you could have Robbie put his Roguard finish on your complete gun and one mag. Hit his web site and download the .pdf price list.
    http://www.robarguns.com/roguard.htm
     
  11. paul45

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    Only the early 1991A1s were parkerized. The huge majority were matte blue.
     
  12. ca survivor

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    that finish that you have now will hold better than the Royal Blue if you are planning in carrying it
     
  13. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Probably way too much.
     
  14. zenner22

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    Those Colts came in a matte blue finish. If it hasn't been refinished, which it doesn't appear by the pictures. Colt can certainly put their Royal Blue finish on this with ease. Can't think of any finish that looks better than the Colt Royal Blue.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012
  15. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    Another fairly obvious choice is the trade that gun for a brand new blue one. Then your gun would be new and it would cost less than rebluing.

    It would be a rare situation where having a gun reblued is actually worthwhile. Maybe a family heirloom that had been allowed to rust and had no other collectible value, or something. New guns can be traded or sold and replaced with a factory finished gun for less and old or collectible guns are devalued by any refin.
     
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  16. doc540

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    I have an excellent reason for buying a used Colt 1911 and having the Royal Blue finish applied by Colt:

    I want to. :wavey:

    Pretty much the same reason I did this:
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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  17. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I say go for it,.........blasted rounds with polished slide flats looks amazing!
     
  18. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    But then it wouldn't be a Colt Royal Blue finish.:dunno:
     
  19. wdp

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    Don't be disappointed if the gun comes back and some of the fine detail has been polished down prior to bluing. This will be especially noticeable around stamped lettering. Not saying it will be aweful just consider that it could happen.
    I bought a beautiful Python several years ago, box papers the whole deal. Upon closer examination it turned out that the gun was reblued. Overall very nice but some fine detail was sacrificed. Just my . 02 FWIW
     
  20. doc540

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    Yes, thank you, I'm aware of that.

    Another reason to use a run-of-the-mill Series 80 instead of something vintage or collectible.

    You boys just wait till I finish with this one. :cool: