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Old 12-27-2018, 3:57 PM
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Default SA 1911 Loaded parkerized finish..

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I just picked up a new SA 1911 Loaded in the parkerized finish.. As soon as I got home and handled it for a bit, I realized I should've gotten the Stainless version as I originally wanted. The parkerized finish seems to scratch/ding really easily. In anticipation of taking it to the range, I'm sure it'll get some scratches and/or dings on it really soon. I've never owned a 'parkerized' gun before so...

What can be done to preserve the finish, or "refinishing" it once it's got some wear on it? I've included an obligatory pic as a thank you in advance!
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Old 12-28-2018, 6:43 AM
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Anything you want...

As in, to answer your question about refinishing.
However, honest wear on a 1911 is a thing of beauty.
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if you really hate the finish you can have it refinished. There are lots of great finishes out there. I had great luck with CCR refinishing, i had the CPII done and it's held up great (i believe they have a sale going on right now if i recall). I also had a Robar NP3 refinish on a 1911, must be 15-20 years ago, lots of rounds and use, still looks new.

I had another pistol finished in Cerakote, i know its supposed to be a good and inexpensive option but i just never warmed to it.

If i could offer any advice, you might consider shooting it a lot over the course of the next year, accept the wear for now.

You might find you come to like the appearance or you might well find things you'll love to change or add.....that's often a more efficient time to refinish. Lots of the refinishing companies might be very happy to change sights and other parts for you during the process. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-28-2018, 9:32 AM
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Thanks for all the info! I'll definitely be taking it to the range a lot and just didn't want to worry about scratching the finish too much. I will check out CCR for the future.

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if you really hate the finish you can have it refinished. There are lots of great finishes out there. I had great luck with CCR refinishing, i had the CPII done and it's held up great (i believe they have a sale going on right now if i recall). I also had a Robar NP3 refinish on a 1911, must be 15-20 years ago, lots of rounds and use, still looks new.

I had another pistol finished in Cerakote, i know its supposed to be a good and inexpensive option but i just never warmed to it.

If i could offer any advice, you might consider shooting it a lot over the course of the next year, accept the wear for now.

You might find you come to like the appearance or you might well find things you'll love to change or add.....that's often a more efficient time to refinish. Lots of the refinishing companies might be very happy to change sights and other parts for you during the process. Hope this helps.
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Parkerizing is pretty durable. I still have a bunch of it on my 1911 built in the year 1919. Keep for favorite gun oil on it .if you carry the gun or do a bunch of classes with it the finish will get scratched or dinged. Cerakote or contact Walter birdsong. Those finishes are hard but they are not indestructible.
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some people pay to have a gun with a artificial battle worn look

it will get better looking with use, from normal use, and wiping it off many times, it gets smoother looks better, honest wear looks nice.
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Thanks all for your input. I prefer the "clean, spotless" look over the battle-worn look on my guns but to each their own I guess. I'll just keep it oiled up
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I had one of my Les Baers refinished by ROBAR after the bluing was worn. However the NP3 finish now has polish marks from the holster. Oh well it is a tool and was purchased as such. If you shoot it and draw it from a holster it'll get wear no matter what finish or material it's made out of, well except maybe that meteorite 1911.
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I'll just keep it oiled up
And in the safe, because we don't want you to wear any of the finish off having fun with it.
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I just picked up a new SA 1911 Loaded in the parkerized finish.
The parkerized finish seems to scratch/ding really easily. In anticipation of taking it to the range, I'm sure it'll get some scratches and/or dings on it really soon.

I've never owned a 'parkerized' gun before so...
What can be done to preserve the finish, or "refinishing" it once it's got some wear on it?
Keep it oiled.
Dry parkerizing shows marks very easily.
If you keep it oiled, it will not show marks near as easily.
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Parkerizing might show a mark, but that doesn't mean it is down to the metal. I have Springfield Mil Spec that was parked, and it had all kinds of "marks" on it(almost 30 years old, stolen, recovered, test gun for things). When I repacked it, all those marks were gone.
Not like a Stainless Steel gun, where if you mark it, it's in the metal.
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is this serious.. if so dm me lol



and im in the same situation. I got a parkerized SA A1 for a steal and realized i hate it lol. I throw on a thick coat of oil often which gives it alittle more protection. Parkerized guns eat up and absorb the oil well. Im contemplating getting it ceracoated OC customs does a phenom job. You can always trade !

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Best stuff I found to keep a parkerized finish looking great has been dry chain lube. Yes, like you'd use on your bicycle chains.
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Interesting! I'll look into it.
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Best stuff I found to keep a parkerized finish looking great has been dry chain lube. Yes, like you'd use on your bicycle chains.
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And in the safe, because we don't want you to wear any of the finish off having fun with it.
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