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Old 12-09-2018, 08:53 AM   #1
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Micro Amethyst PVD Coating

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This is my first post (and I apologize if this has been addressed somewhere else), but I recently got a Micro Amethyst about a month ago. Put about 300-400 rounds through it and it shoots flawlessly. However, I just took a look at it the other day, and have noticed that that PVD coating on the slide is wearing off- its not chipped, but its turning almost a yellowish color as if the purple is just fading. I know plenty of people who have these limited edition PVD coatings and don't have this problem. I haven't used any abrasives- I only clean with Hoppes. And it's just the slide on the sides (over the etched areas).
I'm wondering if anyone else has had this issue. Also, I plan to call kimber this week, but I have a feeling they're going to give me the whole "finish isn't covered under the warranty" deal. If that's the case, does anyone know if Kimber can refinish it if I sent it back and paid for it? Also, anyone know a general cost of having a slide refinished. My concern is the PVD coating- not sure if Kimber does this themselves or if it's done elsewhere
Thanks for any advice you can give!
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:20 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from Northeast, Pa.

I think your doing the right thing by calling Kimber. I’m pretty sure they will help you out with finish issue. They are very good with their customer service.
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Welcome to the site from Tennessee Gatordoc.
I have 3 or 4 times that many rounds thru a Sapphire Ultra without any signs of wear or fading.

Kimber service will be your best option.
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Welcome to the forum gatordoc, definitely give Kimbers customer service a call.

How about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership?
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Welcome to the forum from Michigan. Call Kimber, I have a Micro Raptor that the finish came off and they re-coated the entire thing no problem. They will make it right.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:26 AM   #6
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Thanks for your replies. To give you an update, I called Kimber this morning and spoke with a very nice lady in customer service. She said it sounds like an abnormal wearing and asked me to send it in. She also told me if it's truly an abnormal wear, they'll probably have to send me a new slide since they don't do that PVD coating in house. Their turnaround time is 2-3 weeks right now although she said they're going out much quicker -which I think is awesome for this time of year. They're also sending me a prepaid shipping label (I was fully prepared to pay for shipping, so that's a nice surprise)
I'll have to see what their final word is on the gun, but with this being my first experience with Kimber's customer service, I'm very pleased. I'll keep you all updated
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IMHO these pretty guns were not intended to be carried and shot a lot.
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
IMHO these pretty guns were not intended to be carried and shot a lot.
I would like a kimber in the blue color. I was wondering if they are just safe queens or are they carried and used. Also would they be worth something some day in the future as a collectors item.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:10 PM   #9
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I'll be really surprised if they don't refinish the pistol for free. We've seen a few similar reports over the years and Kimber has NEVER charged for the work. It'd be interesting to see a picture of the area, please post one if you can.
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I have carried my Diamond Ultra 9 a few times. It’s not PVD coated but if you carry a lot you will notice scratches on the slide. As far as shooting, I shoot it all the time with no issues.
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