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Old 10-05-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Re-bluing P85 slide

My slide got a little rust on the surface. (undetected leak in the roof) It blended out ok but the finish came off as well. Can the slide be re blued at home or at a gun smith?
 
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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The smart move is to send the slide in to Ruger for a refinish.

They can duplicate the original bluing and do so for less than most other bluing sources can do. They also get it back fast.
All you'd need to do is send the slide in, so you can ship that cheap.

Another point is that there aren't many local people left who still do bluing due to the cost of the equipment, EPA regulations, and the dangers of getting burned running a hot salts bluing tank.
Since they don't do a lot of polishing, they can't maintain the skills to do good work, and all too often the parts get over polished and look like crap with rounded off edges and ripples left in the flats.

There's not many ways a gun part can be blued at home and look good, or have any kind of durable finish.
Cold blues are not at all durable and can be wiped off with your thumb.
Cold bluing won't come even close to matching the original finish.
These are best at light touching up of scratches. They were never intended to be used for larger areas or complete guns, no matter what he bottle label says.

Contact Ruger for details on shipping.
 
Old 10-07-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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THanks
I found a local guy to do the Matt black finnish
 
 
Old 10-25-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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They can duplicate the original bluing and do so for less than most other bluing sources can do. They also get it back fast.
All you'd need to do is send the slide in, so you can ship that cheap.
 
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