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What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:19:47 PM »
In another thread I was asking about various Colt 1911s. One of the 1911s in question is a .38 Super in Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish. The finish in question is like nickle-plating- very bright, very bling, and just not my thing.

That said, the gun in question is something I'm jonesing for (a government model in .38 Super), and the price is nice. So, I have to ask, what could be done to refinish bright stainless? Ideally, I'd like a nice rust blue, but I know that is NOT going to happen with stainless.

Any ideas? I know I could bead-blast it to a nice matte finish. Anything else?

I just wish I could get the gun in Colt's royal blue for the same price. That would be purty.

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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 01:23:32 PM »
I'd probably have Gundoc do a Cerakote on it.  I think he'd have to beadblast first and then you could have whatever color you wanted.
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2011, 01:23:40 PM »
Black nickel plating?



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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2011, 01:27:31 PM »
Maybe contact Colt's Custom Shop? According to the price list found on this page:

http://www.coltsmfg.com/Catalog.aspx

they charge $200 to refinish stainless (bright stainless is $325). They list Cerakote as an option, $275.

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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2011, 01:29:01 PM »
Black nickel plating?

I was just going to say that.  Sexy!


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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2011, 01:34:11 PM »
Hmmm...

Or, I could two-tone it. Keep the original finish, get black grips and black controls...

I dunno. I'm not sure if black nickel is more or less bling than bright stainless.

I'm really on the fence because I know that I'm eating up resale value by changing it, and it seems ridiculous to undo the time-consuming polish that was done at the factory. At the same time, it REALLY is not my cup of tea.

The problem with going to Colt for the refinish route is that if I do that, I'm basically back on par with just buying what I want from jump, without going through the whole refinshing shebang. So, that's an issue, too, if the refinish costs too much, I'd be better off just getting what I want first.

I just don't know. I'm rarely this indecisive, but I really don't like the whole bright stainless atop bright stainless with more bright stainless look.

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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2011, 01:39:58 PM »
I dunno. I'm not sure if black nickel is more or less bling than bright stainless.

Probably depends on the surface prep that's done before the plating. The example up there was pretty polished. I'll bet that if it were lightly bead blasted instead it would be a lot less blingy.
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2011, 04:19:48 PM »
I’ve always loved those finishes, both the bright and the black. Not on my guns though. They scratch if you look at them the wrong way.

Still long for the day I can get a steel framed Commander in .38 Super. (no forward slide serrations)
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011, 05:33:16 PM »
I want to own bright nickel .38 Colt some day for s___s and giggles, given my country of origin.
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2011, 06:13:47 PM »
"I dunno. I'm not sure if black nickel is more or less bling than bright stainless."

If you have it glass-bead blasted and then hard black chromed, it will come out more matte black (and less pimpish).
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2011, 07:42:47 PM »
I want to own bright nickel .38 Colt some day for s___s and giggles, given my country of origin.
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2011, 07:46:36 PM »
*clicks Mike's link*
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2011, 07:48:54 PM »
Right? Now a plain old high-gloss stainless looks downright sedate.

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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2011, 08:47:19 PM »
Actually, what is truly sad is that the abomination on the link was made out of a pre-war .38 Super. You almost want to buy it out of pity and try to fix it. However, short of a belt sander, I don't think there's any fixing that.

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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2011, 08:50:58 PM »
Was it engraved with a nail?


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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2011, 09:03:49 PM »
One can only hope the engraver is in the Special Hell.
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2011, 10:35:09 PM »
looks like he was smoking that Habanero and hemp mix he carved all over that piece.  which would explain the skulls and grim reaper he was seeing also. 
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2011, 10:47:37 PM »
Hmmm... I really do like that soooopah shiny .38 Colt Super with the faux pearl (or is it real pearl) grips.

Hmm, maybe get them with Stag grips and black controls. 
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2011, 10:48:49 PM »
Oh... I clicked a related link to that inlaid .38 Super - the Gold Santeria grips made me shudder. 
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2011, 11:35:53 PM »
Yeah, the link is not for the faint of heart.

Maybe I'll get it (the stainless, not the one at my link) and take a few weeks to see how I feel about it. I was thinking of removing the stock items of the following and replacing them with black (cerakoted? not sure): barrel bushing, takedown lever/slide stop, trigger, thumblock safety, hammer and, maybe, grip safety. For the grips I would go something like black G10/Navidrex. Maybe black with a subtle pattern. Not sure.
One way or the other, the original parts would be saved so that I (or the next owner) can undo my poor fashion choices.

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« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2011, 12:41:04 AM »
I can't UNSEE that now.  Thank you very much.  That was seriously horrid.
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« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2011, 12:49:18 AM »
*clicks Mike's link*



You wanna know my honest reaction?

It was "f_cking Mexicans."

:coffee   :panic

And I'm sure Garaballo would agree with me.


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But come on, the nickel can work sometimes, see this:
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2011, 12:52:31 AM »
But really, something like this ain't so bad once in a while.  Just get different grips, IMO.

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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2011, 01:43:38 AM »
That was awful, Coronach.   :facepalm 

I would love to have the magazine though - two-tone mags are nifty.
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Re: What to do with Colt's "Bright Stainless" finish?
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2011, 09:58:00 AM »
What is the deal with the two-tone mags? Why were they done that way?
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