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    A friend tried parking his receiver, this is the first time he did it and I never tried so I can't give him any advice. I don't know exactly what method he used but can find out if needed.
    But here's 2 pics of it, the left side has a lighter colored area along the top, the rest seems to have come out even. He said he had to lay it on it's side because his pan wasn't deep enough to cover everything if it was placed upright, he didn't say which side was down though.
    So can anyone tell what might have happened to cause the difference in color?




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    Should clean throughly for any oil then sandblast the parts. Uneven surface will result in uneven finish. Looks like trunnion still has original paint on it. Good idea to turn the item in park solution during process. Also looks like he may not have wiped down post parkerizing with clean rag to remove any residue - rivets look to have residue specs on them.


    Did I do that?

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    Thanks IK.
    I think he did turn it?
    The only thing I know of it is from the pics, I didn't get to see it yet.
    I do think your right about blasting it well enough, he did that over here and I thought he get it done fairly fast. And when he blasted it he did get all the visible paint off the trunnion.

    I'll ask him if he wiped it down after parking.

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    My process is
    - sand blast
    - boil in hot soapy water
    -rinse with fresh water
    - then the part tank

    It does not take much oil to get a color change. Any oil is a BIG no no
    God pulls my strings!!

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    I have a tutorial here: http://www.projectguns.com/parkerizing.html

    It looks like it wasn't blasted evenly there will be some color variation if the metal has areas that are heat treated.

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    Thanks Pirate, I didn't know you had that, I'll send him the link. The receiver is a Nodak.

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    After I wash the parts well in the solvent tank, I blow them dry and put them directly into the blast cabinet. After the blast cabinet, I do not touch the metal without gloves on. Then I blow them off and put them directly into the solution. I highly recommend keeping a box of latex gloves on the blasting cabinet, because from my experience, even the oils from direct contact with skin is enough to cause an inconsistancy in the final finish of parts.

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    I also like to clean the parts with laquer thinner right before they go in the tank. The laquer thinner is very flamible so I wouldn't do it in the same area as the tank. I had a brazilian 1911 slide that turned out molted like that because I didn't totally get the cosmoline out of the serial number and crest so I had to do it again.

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    Parking problem? Just use the valet service.

    Takes ALL the hassle out of parking

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    sjohnson,You are not right!!!!!gunut

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