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I have a P-12 with what I think is the alloy frame. Its not stainless, not blued, just parkerized.
Question is, if it is alloy, can I get away with bead blasting it for a two toned finish on the gun? If so, will it corrode or retain finger (oil) marks from normal handling?


Thanks in advance for your opinions!
 

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Bead blasting it can remove the hard annodizing, which is not a good thing. Alloy can oxidize if not treated in some manner. (Blued, Black Oxided, Hard Anodized, etc.)
 

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Thanks for the reply Newton!
Can the alloy be hard chromed?
I really dislike the looks of the parkerizing, its showing some wear.
 

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hmmmm...That's a good question. My gut tells me that you can't Hard Chrome an Alloy frame, but if I'm wrong, someone will chime in. There are some great "coatings" out there these days, and you can even select from several colors.
 

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On APW Cogan's website, they show a $25 additional charge for chroming aluminum frames. So me thinks it's possible. On a side note, they cannot plate titanium. I had emailed them about getting the cylinder on my Smith 329PD done. Titanium can only be done with powder coatings at this time.
 
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