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I want to pick up a 43 but really don't want the gen4 finish. Don't know if it's too early to tell if the gen5 finish is any good and who knows when Glock will put it on the 43. Im considering Robars NP3 finish. I will carry the gun every day and I'm wondering if anyone has put it to the test. Does it wear? Does it flake, peel,scratch or is there anything bad about it? Has anyone dealt with their customer service?
 

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Takes awhile to wear. Mine (NP3+) has slight wear on the back corner of the slide where it has contact. Still a nice finish. Would recommend.
 

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Hard chrome when the original finish fails. I carry guns until they get so shabby they are getting compromised and then they get hard chromed.

Tried all the other deal. Hard Chrome is the final finish.

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Some people have more corrosive sweat than others. Personally I haven't had any problems with my G43. I don't have any handguns with the NP3 finish but I do have an NP3 BCG on one of my ARs. No problems with wear so far but this AR is low round count. (Just a few hundred rounds at this point.)
 

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I had slides/barrels on a G34 and G19C coated with Robar's NP3. The G34 doesn't get shot as much as the G19C, but I'm really liking the finish on both pistols. The ported 19 gets shot a lot and probably doesn't get cleaned as often as it should, but the finish is holding up well, even in areas that are getting a bit battered.

This is what they looked like right after I got them back from Robar:

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Thanks for your response. Do you carry it everyday how long have you had it?
Almost 7 years since finishing that. Carry it 85% of the time.
 
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Between this thread, https://www.glocktalk.com/threads/glock-says-no-to-dlnc-g43.1688058/ and https://www.glocktalk.com/threads/holding-out-on-the-43.1686083/ it's obvious that you're interested in a Glock 43, but don't want the current finish.

Out of curiosity, why the concern about the finish on the Glock 43?
Is there something that I don't know?
Has something changed in the finish of the newer (or US made) 43s?

The finish on my ~05/2016 Austrian Glock 43 isn't the "frying pan" finish of some of my Gen 3 Glocks, but even riding in Kydex, it isn't wearing anything like my late 2012 19.4 or 26.4 have either. I see little to no wear on my 43, while the "high points" of the slide of my 19.4 & 26.4 turned silver & shiny from holster wear almost immediately.
 

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Your 19.4 and 26.4 have the same finish as your 43. The old gen2 and gen3 finishes were tough. The gen4 finish is usually all scarfed up, out of the box. Not a fan
Kind of an absolute statement, I have various Gen 3 & 4 pistols with different finishes both "frying pan" and the newer less durable "gray" finish. I also have earlier Gen 2 and 2.5 models that show significant wear to the "parkerized" looking finish. Even so, in all cases the metal underneath has been fine, it is my understanding that it is due to the ferritic nitrocarburizing (Tenifer/Melonite) treatment underneath the finish.

The late 2012 19.4 & 26.4 pistols mentioned in my previous post do seem exceptionally delicate, and maybe it is just my imagination that my 2016 G43 shows little to no wear after ~1.5 years of use, while they started to show wear in mere months. Then again, it is also possible that somewhere along the way Glock tuned the finish or changed suppliers, and it is actually wearing better.

I will agree that the "frying pan" finish is my favorite Glock finish, and it does seem to show little to no wear over a very long time.

I guess I've just been lucky, as I don't recall any of my "post frying pan" & "pre nDLC" Glocks being "all scarfed up" right out of the box.

My only experience with NP3/NP3+ is on an older HK P7. I don't know that I'd consider it super durable, but it seems about as durable as any other electroless nickel finish, with a slicker feel to it. It's OK, but I'm not wild about it, as I tend to prefer black/grey over "white" guns.

Since you seem to want to refinish a G-43 before it shows any wear, and you seem to be interested in the Gen 5 nDLC, have you considered ION bond DLC?
 

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Finish really only matters to me on early Gen 4’s and contemporaneous Gen 3’s. I think sometime between 2010 and 2012 we got beta tested with some experimental version of Tennifer. I’ve had no less than 3 Glocks from this era with rust. My Gen 4 G21 has rust coming through the finish on the slide. It’s a good shooter, and it’s purely cosmetic. I have however considered Cerkote, NP3, or even Hard Chrome.

All other Glocks I could care less about the finish, you could rub it all off with steel wool and you still have indestructible Tennifer underneath.

By way of illustration, my 2010 Gen 3 RTF2 G19 SN# PUU got rust on the barrel hood so badly one point that I had to use a lot of force to rack the slide. I admit that I probably sweated on it and neglected it. Have done the same with older and newer Glocks and never had anything like rust. Sold G19 with disclosure locally; later saw it listed as in perfect condition lol. Photo isn’t best, but it had serious pitting on the smiley.

 
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