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Re-finishing Options

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by KillStick, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. KillStick

    KillStick

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    I have been talking to some of you about getting a 1911 refinished. I have looked at Hard Chrome, Black T, Hard Hat, NP3, ETC..... and really have not been able to make up my mind.

    I want something that is highly corrosion and rust resistant, Durable but holster wear at some point doesn't bother me( I actually like it). I am hoping you guys can provide some examples of finishes that you have had done and where you had them done at.

    Thanks for your information.
     

  2. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    NP3+ is about as good as it gets.......
     
  3. KillStick

    KillStick

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    Glocks, Glocks!!, I don't want no stinken glocks, now maybe a good
    hi- point or two:whistling:
     
  4. KillStick

    KillStick

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    See I figured this but I am almost leaning towards keeping it a dark finish. I do like the bead blasted hard chrome look too, oh why does there have to be so many choices.....:crying:
     
  5. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

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    Damn right.
     
  6. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    Hardchrome works, too......Contact Chris at Metaloy. He does excellent work with pretty decent turnaround times.
     
  7. drc767

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    Not even in the same league as NP3+ in terms of corrosion and rust resistance.....But it sure does look cool!
     
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  8. Just curious, but why are you such a fan?

    Is the Gen III from Brown just IonBond under their own moniker?
     
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  9. drc767

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    I don't think the Gen III is anywhere near what IonBond is.....Gen III is more like Armor-Tuff than it is comparable to IonBond. Could be wrong, though.....
     
  10. Hokie1911

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    Never said it was. Just said I was a fan of the finish. :tongueout:

    No idea how it differs from the Gen3. My Gen3 started to show wear after only a month of daily carry. I don't really care as holster wear doesn't bother me.
     
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  11. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Me too. :)

    Don Williams will be doing some work on my Hi-Power including Ionbond finish.
     
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  12. pistolwrench

    pistolwrench Dremel jockey

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    Ive only had a few Ionbonded pistols in the shop.
    I haven't much cared for the appearance. Not black enough for me.
    I understand the stuff hardly wears at all. I've also heard it doesn't provide much corrosion resistance.
    Anybody got one they have carried a while?

    NP3 is great! Great wear resistance. Great corrosion resistance.
    I've not seen NP3+.

    Hardchrome is very good. Hardly wears at all. Provides adequate corrosion resistance.

    I apply and use mostly Cerakote. Only moderate wear resistance. Superior corrosion resistance. And.......any color you want.

    Laugh if you want, but color is important. More to some than others.
    Personally, I'd be less happy with a lighter colored gun.
     
  13. BuckyP

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    I'd have to agree. I recently got a frame NP3'd. A buddy of mine has been shooting an NP3 Para in IPSC since 1996. The gun still looks brand new.

    One thing about NP3 though, is it will show EVERY imperfection in the metal. Machine marks I couldn't see in the white, show up quite clearly after NP3. Next time I'll do some clean up work. :embarassed:

    I just did the bottom which was in the white. The top was already blued from a project years ago.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. drc767

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    Yes you have, Chuck. You cut and crowned a Wilson Supergrade Professional barrel for me several months back that was sent to you with an NP3+ slide. It is the exact same appearance as the earlier Gen. of NP3. The color takes a little to get used to, but the wear and corrosion resistance is top shelf.

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  15. Hokie1911

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    Dave, can you post pics of NP3+ and HC? Just curious to see a side by side difference in the color.
     
  16. drc767

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    NP3 is actually pretty tough to capture the true color in photos. Depending on the light hitting it, it can look completely different from one day to the next on the same pistol. Here is a basic idea, though.

    Hardchrome

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    NP3 (NP3+)

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  17. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    NP3+ and hardchrome are the best 2 finishes out there IMO.
     
  18. Hokie1911

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    That looks awesome. I love the look of grey on a pistol. In between the blued/black and stainless. That's probably one of the reasons I like Ionbond as much as I do.

    If I ever get my Kobra Carry refinished, I may go NP3+. That looks really good.
     
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