Bead-Blasting

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  1. CountryGunsmith

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    mthunter
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    (4/16/02 10:06:14 pm)
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    I am planning to do some beadblasting on my handgun, and I would like to know what type of beadblasting material would be best to do this with? I will beadblast then parkerize if this helps.
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    AntiqueDr
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    (4/16/02 10:17:18 pm)
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    Depends on the type of handgun and how coarse a finish you want. For an interesting effect on 1911 frames, blast the frontstrap with #60-100 grit and the remainder with #270 plus.


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    mthunter
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    (4/17/02 6:04:18 pm)
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    I am planning on doing a 1911 pistol, and I didn't realize that there was different grits of material. What I want to end up with is a dull finish. Any general grit to get this result?

    AntiqueDr
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    (4/18/02 12:16:37 am)
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    The coarser the grit, the coarser the finish. Using 60-grit and a heavy hand can obliterate markings. Best go with 270-grit. Like all metal finishes, preparation is the key. Parkerizing is fairly forgiving but can get streaky if the metal is not thoroughly cleaned or if the temp fluctuates too much.


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    mthunter
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    (4/18/02 9:47:28 pm)
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    Thanks, I'll give it a try.