Top End Bluing Options

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by River Rat, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. River Rat

    River Rat Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2017
    Anyone have an opinion on the best providers for polishing and bluing? Here's a Gold Cup I had done by Ford's, and it's an absolutely beautiful job. Baron's looks like another top end provider. Any thoughts or experiences? DSCF1035.JPG
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  2. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    Baron would be a good choice. But they aren’t fast.
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  3. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    I'd say Baron also
  4. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Turnbull Restorations
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  5. WC145

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

    Jan 1, 2013
    I don't know that he takes on refinishing jobs that aren't getting any other gunsmithing work but Joe Chambers does some top notch polishing and bluing. He did the ball cuts, disco cut, and gold bead front sight then polished the flats and blued the slide on my Boss.

    David Clevinger also does terrific polishing and bluing work. He did the build on my Colt WC Commander, including the bluing and polished flames on the matte slide.

    Robin Dietrich/Dietrich Gunsmithy in Otis, ME also does excellent polishing and bluing. He refinished my Colt Compact Meltdown 5 or 6 years ago and did an outstanding job.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2018
  6. aaronsappl

    aaronsappl Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2015
    I have a WC that they sent to Baron. It is very nice. Hard to capture the deep black in pics.
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  7. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    I love that meltdown,always have !
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  8. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Just 2 quick questions. Will the factory engraving loose anything in
    a bluing job? If so what can be done to prevent or repair this?
  9. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    Turnbull for the blue gray look

    Barons or Chambers custom for the black(blued) look
  10. lsbbigdog

    lsbbigdog Smiffin' ain't easy Sponsor

    Aug 21, 2011
  11. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Ya have to love a Nice Deep Blue Pistol or Revolver like they all used to be way back when. I heard that with the EPA reg the Old School Bluing is simply not cost effective on production guns like it once was.

    I also like the DLC or Diamond like Coating as well.

  12. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

    Jul 12, 2015
    I love everything about those works of art.
  13. River Rat

    River Rat Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2017
    Thanks for all the input gents. And some pics of some truly beautiful guns. That meltdown has always been one beautiful piece I've envied. I have a WC Super Sentinel in stainless/extreme melt but it doesn't come close to the look of that polished blue. Think I'll decide on the Baron for a reblue project on amother WC.
  14. 605atthe wheels

    605atthe wheels In the staging lanes Supporting Addict

    Oct 19, 2012

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