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Old 09-25-2011, 06:00 AM
J.R.2009 J.R.2009 is offline
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Default "AI" 30 rd. mag refinish.

I have a "AI" 30 round mag that was in bad shape when I got it. Someone had spray painted it. A very crappy job. I have removed the paint and want to get it refinished. I thought I had some one to do it back in June but the offer to parkerize it when he did a barrel he had coming didn't work out. It's still in the ZipLoc bag oiled up. Anyone got any ideas where and what kind of finish I should have on it ? And about how much $ wise?

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Old 09-27-2011, 11:41 PM
carbinekid carbinekid is offline
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it should be blued. you could use oxpho-blue from brownells. that stuff works great and is easy to use.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:56 AM
hiller hiller is offline
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+ 1 for oxy blue.

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Old 09-28-2011, 09:56 PM
Milsurp Collector Milsurp Collector is offline
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I wouldn't use cold blue on something that big, I don't think you will be happy with the results or durability.

Check with your local gunsmiths/gun stores to find out who does their rebluing. The cost of bluing is mostly in the prep work. The pictures you posted showed extensive pitting so I don't think it is cost effective to pay someone to do a lot of prep work. If you do whatever polishing you want and then thoroughly degrease the metal so the refinisher only has to do minimal prep before rebluing the magazine it shouldn't cost too much. Check around and talk to the refinisher and tell him what you want to accomplish. It won't be good-as-new but it will look OK from 10 feet away.

You mentioned you live in a condo. You can do some basic polishing with electric drill-powered buffing wheels like these http://www.pjtool.com/buffing-polishing-wheels.aspx
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