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 Post subject: Removing finish
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:46 am 
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Is there an easy way to remove the (blue?) finish from an aluminum grip frame on a Blackhawk?
I do NOT have the patience to polish it off.. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:26 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:45 am 
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If it is the same as the NM Single Six let me know. I have one already stripped. Perhaps we could make a trade. Shoot me a PM.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:36 pm 
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Naval Jelly, maybe? I've heard it will remove blueing but I am not sure what it will do to aluminum.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:12 pm 
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Oven cleaner will remove it.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:38 am 
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32shooter wrote:
Oven cleaner will remove it.


Then polish it up with 0000 steel wool. ps

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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:36 am 
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I've Been Told Lead a Way Cloth Will Remove Finish ...Just Saying.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:55 pm 
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You don't want the use steel wool on aluminum. It works, but you run the risk of embedding steel into the aluminum. You won't see it until it rusts, use a scotch Brite pad.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:09 pm 
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Quickest, easiest way to go about it. Be sure to wear glasses & gloves, this stuff is potent. It removes Dura Coat and Gun Kote with ease.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Klean-Strip- ... r/17208799

Spray on, let sit for ~ 5 minutes and wipe off. May need an extra pass or two, if they happened to be really diligent that day, at Ruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:17 pm 
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It depends on the vintage of your Blackhawk.

Old models and new model alloy grip frames up to about 10 years ago were anodized. Since then they are powder coated. The powder coat strips easier and products like Klean-Strip will work. And may take the black of of anodized grip frames, but I haven't tried it.

If your gun is about 10 years old or older the grip is anodized and oven cleaner is the ticket.

Stripping, Polishing and refinishing alum alloy frames:

To remove all the old black finish, Easy Off oven cleaner works best. You have to buy the "dangerous" oven cleaner, the kind with lye. Don't settle for the fume/odor free kind, it doesn't work. You can cleanup with 800 grit paper. But you don’t want to go thru the anodizing, just get the black off. The aluminum is very soft under the anodized layer which is similar to case hardening, and will dent and scratch easily.
For final polish preparation, use 1000 grit. Then 2000 grit paper and bring to a shine with a well used piece of 2000 grit paper.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing finish
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:21 pm 
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I had my gunsmith bead blast the one I've done. Easy. Dropped it off. Picked it up the next weekend.

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