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The top Gun, a Sig P226 has Walter Birdsong's Black T finish on it. It was done around 12 years ago... It's a wet looking black finish and has some lubricating qualities to it... The 226 has some holster wear on the sharp corners but over all is wearing much better than the factory finish... I like it!

The bottom gun is my Sig P220 with Dura-Coat finish. It's done in the flat black finish. It was done just a few months ago, so I can't judge it yet like I can the Black T... So far it's doing well, but I think I prefer the BlackT... It's just too soon to tell...
 

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chromedome1954 said:
Tripp Research Cobra Coat would be my choice......but it is not on the list.........
Man, I had a terrible experience with that stuff on a TRP I had him do (hard chrome frame, cobra coated slide). I couldn't recommend that stuff to anyone. Sent it back a second time and it came back even worse.
 

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Sorry to hear that....
I have a Sig P228 that has the Cobra Coat on it and it is absolutely great.
Can't imagine what went wrong with yours.
They must have a good reputation. I know they are so busy right now that they have stopped their smithing of 1911's to attempt to keep up with the volume of finishing biz they have.

Guess you can get a bad one in anything.
 

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Bob Wright said:
Shipwreck,
I don't know if you were putting me on or not, but here are two of my .44s with doug Turnbull's case hardened finish:



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No, I was telling the truth - I am not familiar w/ that.

I've always been a semi-auto person, and while I did a lot of research last year into finish durability before I decided on hard chrome, I have never heard of that finish.
 
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I'm not big on "painted" pistols...

....for my money, get a basic stainless steel pistol, and have it fine glass bead blasted to eliminate the glare on the flats; IMHO, SS wears better than cheap parkerizing; and looks better too...I call it "Urban Tactical"; for a parkerized or a piss poor Colt blue job, I recommend Ron's Gun shop Restorations, where a really fine Carbonia finish can be applied to an otherwise "piss poor" factory finish. Just my dos centavos.
 

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Wandering Man said:
You don't have Line-X listed.

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I researched a ton of aftermarket, professionally applied finishes last year (not the spray on stuff ya do yourself). Never herad of that...
 

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I've heard that the WIlson stuff isn't that tuff afterall. It's still a polymer based finish.

I looked at everything last year - Hard chrome, NP3 and ceracoat seems to be the 3 toughest after market finishes.

Some places will put melonite on guns, but the black outer coating (the visual) part still scratches somewhat easily.

The strongest finish I've seen already put on a gun new is the tennifer coating Glock uses.
 

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Boy Bob them sure are a couple of beautys you got there. Me I like the old deep blue of the Colts. I like a lot of whats on the list but would say Colts#1 with me. I know I am an old dinosaur.
 
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