Info on DIY ways to turn Stainless black?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Mike A, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I want to change color to black or grey on a Stainless steel slide.
    The cost to have it Ceracoted is $70.00 & a 2 week turn around.

    What is the best SS finish for daily carry wear?
     
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  2. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    DLC, Ionbond is probably the biggest name in the industry.

    ETA: Sorry, it's not DIY, but it'll hold up better than anything you can apply at home.
     
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  3. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I have read about this process in fact not a DIY project but very durable.
    Who does this process that you know of? I of course was wanting
    to Do it myself. Parkerizing is what I have done many times, but
    it takes Carbon Steel to work.
     
  4. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Ionbond is the biggest company that does DLC on guns, though guns are a just a very small part of their business. The only thing about using them is that you have to go through one of their agents, like Evolution Armory, you can't send anything directly to Ionbond.
     
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  5. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Black stainless would look good.
     
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  6. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

    760
    Jul 6, 2018
  7. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Check out Ultra Black at www.epi.com they have a black oxide for SS. I’ve never used it on SS but I have used their stuff on steel and it worked well.
    [​IMG]

    FYI they will only ship to an commercial address.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
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  8. rmac

    rmac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    835
    Jan 26, 2016
    Oxynate 84 from Brownells blues stainless. If you have tanks it isn't any more complicated than regular blueing. For best results pickle the metal first.
    For DLC there are 4 or 5 places in N.C. that will do it. Google DLC coatings in N.C.
     
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  9. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    My LGS quoted $70.00 & 2 week turn around. Robar said
    $168 & 6 to 8 week Turn around for Cerakote.
    It seems there is a vast difference in pricing & turn around
    times.

    Just a side note. My friend bought the Kahr CW 45. When he
    filled out the Warranty Online form there was no send or submit
    feature. He called every ph# Kahr listed with no answer & then sent an E-mail so far no reply.
    I do not know much about the Kahr pistol, but I do wonder if anyone is home. Good thing he did not need serious help.

    Just another reason to go 1911 :) IMHO
     
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  10. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I'm not a big fan of cerakote, in my experience it doesn't hold up that well. Robar has a black product called Roguard that holds up well. I have an old Ed Brown that had it applied to the slide a good 20 years ago an it still looks decent and that gun has thousands of draws on it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
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    Sorry Mike I couldn’t help myself :roflmaro::roflmaro: And you get a 25% bonus !!
     
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  12. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
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  13. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Why did I not think of Dis & it should last a week or 2 LOL.
     
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  14. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I did see that Robar had a few treatments that they offered. The one odd thing is Both Robar & my LGS both want the entire pistol to do just the slide.

    I told them that I would send just the slide, & they did not like that. So I told them that if a Machine shop were doing a set of HI PO Chevy heads for my rebuild. I would not even think of sending them entire engine. So what's the Diff? I only want the Slide made black, not the Plastic black frame. What are they thinking??
     
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  15. DPVY

    DPVY Well-Known Member

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    Dec 1, 2017
    Laugh, but I painted my NM M1A in black spray paint that was meant for a BBQ.

    Then I took that beautiful stock off, and replaced it with an old fiberglass milsurp stock that I bondo'd my comb to.

    One of the best semi rifles I have ever owned. It is even better, because if you don't know what you're looking at, you assume it is a giant pile.

    Of course, I'm more of a function over fashion kinda guy, so take it for what it's worth.
     
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  16. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    I would guess they want to measure clearances before applying their finish and potentially remove extra material if needed. And of course check fit after the finish is applied. Both good things to keep your gun running smoothly.
     
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  17. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Yes I noticed they wanted you to send a mag also so they can check for function afterwards as well.
    I understand your reluctance but I think they are firearms people.
     
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  18. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    I personally would be more concerned about who was doing the work vs the turn around time.

    Long thread, but this is a good one to read. Lots of different opinions on Cerakote.

    https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/am-i-the-only-one-who-hates-cerakote.42903/



     
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  19. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    MY MAN !! You need a job at TTT. ???? :)
     
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