Blue rubbing off... [Pics Added]

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by robin.kevin, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. robin.kevin

    robin.kevin Guest

    (PicsSo I have had my P3AT for week, was new in box when I got it never fired. I have took it to the range once, clean it twice (lube and polish before and after range), and put a bicycle inner tube grip on it. After getting the grip on it the way I wanted I was looking over the pistol and notice that the bluing is coming off around the slide serrations... Is Kel-Tec bluing usually this crappy? I understand its a cheap pistol and not to the highest finish, but would thought it be better then this.

    Does KT cover the bluing as part of the warranty, I don't think so but figure I would ask. I have seen a few posts of people who can nickel plate the slide, and heard KT will chrome it for like $30... which I have thought about, but really hate sending it on vacation right after getting it...

    Mostly I just cant believe the bluing is coming off so easy, I magic marker might last longer...

    Kevin

    HERES A PICTURE:
    Its just starting as you can see but with such little handling...
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  2. meloxicam

    meloxicam New Member

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  3. jpaul

    jpaul Member

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    Re: Blue rubbing off...

    KTs blueing seems to leave a lot to be desired. You can touch it up with cold blueing till you can stand to part with it long enough to have it fixed to your liking.
     
  4. robin.kevin

    robin.kevin Guest

    Re: Blue rubbing off...

    It is not near as bad as yours. Its more on the corner and the top edge of the slide... Kinda like you would expect an much older blue pistol that's been carried to look like. I will try to post some pics this weekend.
    Besides for the bluing everything is great on the pistol thus far, only one FTE in its first 50 rounds.

    I plan to end up getting it nickel plated by the KTOG gunsmith (don't have his name in front of me). For $35 plus shipping $45 total he seems to do great work and would wear nice. I plan to use this pistol as my always carry, so its going to get wear. However with such poor bluing I am worried about rust developing... Not sure how likely this would be with a sidearm I will be handling and inspecting on daily bases giving it a quick rub down with oiled cloth...

    May just have to give them a call and see what they could do for me...
     
  5. robin.kevin

    robin.kevin Guest

    Re: Blue rubbing off...

    I thought about cold blue... but, it seems I would have to do the whole thing, or could I just spot blue? Another option I thought was Duracoat but it seems a little pricey compare to getting it nickel by the time I get a spray gun and everything else needed.
     
  6. meloxicam

    meloxicam New Member

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    Re: Blue rubbing off...

    Here is a link to my similar questions.

    http://www.ktog.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1297474818

    Brownells Oxpho paste seems to be good for small areas and completes. Very easy to use from my understanding.

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1108/Product/OXPHO_BLUE_reg__CREME

    Application video
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2BI6hF0vZA[/ame]

    Jack Fuselier does nickle plating, but is a couple months out on taking new jobs. I contacted him earlier this week via email.

    http://www.gunsmith.fuselier.com/slideoffer.html

    http://www.gunsmith.fuselier.com/
     
  7. robin.kevin

    robin.kevin Guest

    Wow, that cold blue in the video looks real easy and turns out nicer then my stock bluing! Might have to go that route if for nothing else just to keep the pistol from rusting till I get around to sending it off for nickel plate.
     
  8. meloxicam

    meloxicam New Member

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    It would seem it would be ideal for touch ups like yours because you do not have to remove old bluing and its slightly tolerant to mild rust and oil, according to the directions.

    I checked into the Birchwood Casey 3 step, and it is not simple or ideal.

    The paste would allow you to apply it to only that areas affected and not streak or run it on others. Much more controlled process for touch up. I would use a hair dryer too.

    I would say it's worth $9.99 plus ship to at least try. I was going to try it, but I think my slide is beyond touch up and I am most likely to exchange for a hard chrome because it has more than cosmetic issues.

    The guy who did the video used the Birchwood Paste before he started using the Brownells Oxpho, although he did not use paste in the videos, he seemed to like the paste form of cold bluing for smaller touch ups.

    If you do try it, please share your experience. Thanks.
     
  9. robin.kevin

    robin.kevin Guest

    I will keep everyone updated on this issue... whatever I decide to do...