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    Default Info On At Home Parkerizing?

    Who has done DIY parkerizing? I'm very interested in doing this to refinish my Beretta but I'm curious about cost. How much does a typical park job cost you? I imagine the recurring costs would be less since you can reuse the hot plate and pot (I assume anyway) and maybe some of the other materials. If I wanted to try it and see how it turns out, can I use the solution on multiple things or would it need to be dumped once I take the part out? What I mean is if I were to park a knife or something to see how it goes then do the pistol. Same day. Probably immediately after removing the knife from the solution. Thoughts?
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    Default Re: Info On At Home Parkerizing?

    The start up isn't cheap. Tanks, burners, fuel, park solution and copious amounts of running water.
    There are two basic types of park. Manganese and Zinc.

    I've done quite a lot Manganese. It's not difficult if you can follow instructions.
    Certainly not worth the cost unless you are doing several hundred dollars worth of jobs.

    Also, Parkerizing works on steel- not stainless. Also won't color aluminum.
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    Default Re: Info On At Home Parkerizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by cdi View Post
    The start up isn't cheap. Tanks, burners, fuel, park solution and copious amounts of running water.
    There are two basic types of park. Manganese and Zinc.

    I've done quite a lot Manganese. It's not difficult if you can follow instructions.
    Certainly not worth the cost unless you are doing several hundred dollars worth of jobs.

    Also, Parkerizing works on steel- not stainless. Also won't color aluminum.
    Damn. It's worth it to do the Beretta but if it can't color aluminum, maybe not. I didn't realize I posted this in gun pictures, not gunsmithing. Oh well, I got the answer I needed either way. Thanks!
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    Default Re: Info On At Home Parkerizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Misery Loves Shotguns View Post
    Damn. It's worth it to do the Beretta but if it can't color aluminum, maybe not. I didn't realize I posted this in gun pictures, not gunsmithing. Oh well, I got the answer I needed either way. Thanks!
    If the Beretta is a 92, the frame is anodized aluminum alloy. You possibly might for an FFL that does black hardcoat anodizing, or contact the service dept of Beretta USA to see if they would refinish the frame for you.

    As an alternative, have the frame Cerakoted with the Cerakote black anodizing / black parkerizing look-alike coating. They can do the slide, too.

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    Default Re: Info On At Home Parkerizing?

    Give Josh at Allegheny Arms a call. He does anodizing.
    Or Beretta, either way you go Josh will be doing the anodizing lol
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