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Chemically remove Glock finish from slide

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by rbhale32, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. rbhale32

    rbhale32 NOHLO

    Nov 14, 2010
    Valley, AL
    Is there anyone that can recommend a good chemical way of removing the black finish from a Glock slide? I know I can just have it bead blasted off, but I want to keep the original texture and just remove the black. Its a Gen3 RTF Glock 19, so it's not the parkerized slide. I would just try MEK, but that stuff makes me throw up on myself every time I use it, so if there is a slightly less harsh way of doing it, that would be helpfull. I've already tried searching, and the posts didn't help, so if anyone has any input, it would be much appreciated.

  2. Dave.1


    Dec 12, 2009
    I've seen people soak barrels in vinegar overnight and then polish them to get all the black off.

    You'd have to detail strip the slide, including taking the channel liner out.


  3. rbhale32

    rbhale32 NOHLO

    Nov 14, 2010
    Valley, AL
    I tried the vinegar thing about a week ago. It does work on a barrel, but it does not even touch the slide finish.
  4. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    Yeah... I am wondering that myself.
  5. rbhale32

    rbhale32 NOHLO

    Nov 14, 2010
    Valley, AL
    Curiosity, and the fact that if it doesn't look exactly how I want it, then I'm going to get it hard chromed or cera-plated anyway, and the slide will have to be blasted to do that, so I figured I'd see what the bare Tenifered slide looks like first. Thats the main reason I want it chemically done, so no metal gets tampered with.
  6. cciman


    Jan 19, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Try brake fluid (not cleaner), let me know if it works.

    Seems to take the paint off anything else.
  7. bophi


    May 13, 2007
    virginia ( p town)
    my g19 gen 1 , the slide was refinished when i got it it looked like it it was painted, so i use a wire wheel on a air grinder and all of that black stuff came off w.o any problem, and the slide looks like s/s and it will not rust.