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Old 09-15-2016, 10:28 PM   #1
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DIY Parkerizing

My name is Rob, and I'm a metal-aholic. Cast iron, steel, brass, aluminum--it doesn't matter. I like to cut it, weld it, file it, polish it, finish it.

My current binging is on a 1911 GI Rock. For a gun to be on my favorites list, it has to be ambidextrous. So I ordered a cheap safety and stuck it on. It was ok, but I decided to substantially change the shape. That really wrecked the original parkerizing, so I needed to redo it.

Small blemishes can be done with various cold bluing products. But this was in a higher wear area and needed to last. It really needed to be parkerized. It's not a complicated process. You mix up the solution with distilled water, put it in a non-ferrous pot, get it close to boiling, and cook your parts for 3-45 minutes. You can take the parts out and steel wool them in between, but for this application it wasn't necessary.

Mix, boil, cook. That's all there is to it.

Now for those of you who are worrying for my well being, this was all done with Mrs. Iron's encouragement. It's HER parkerizing stuff. You see, in 1964, Ford finished their fasteners, brackets, etc. in zinc phosphate (parkerized them). When she was restoring her Mustang, she spent many hours parkerizing parts. Besides, I followed her instructions and put down foil, in case I splattered. But really, it's a clean process, so doing it on the stove was no big deal.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:43 PM   #2
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How about a few pics of the Mustang! Just have gun in the picture if your afraid you are off topic or something.
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Don't forget to post a picture of the finished parts.
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No pictures of the safeties. Parkerizing just isn't that exciting. They look exactly as you'd expect. Besides, I might just cut them down a little more before this project is complete.

Here's Mrs. Iron with her Mustang with correctly parkerized fasteners. This is at the Steve McQueen Car Show earlier this summer. Yes, she took home the trophy for best Mustang.
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