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Old 01-13-2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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bluing/ refinishing a pistol without coving serial number?

i recently got an older Taurus PT-22 metal frame pistol. nothing special but the coating on the frame ( looks like paint rather than parkerized because it comes off easy) doesn't look so great. id like to re do it but it looks as if the serial number is maybe painted on as well? anyone have an ideas or been through this situation before? i don't want to cover it up of course but would like to make it look nice/protect it.
 
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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i recently got an older Taurus PT-22 metal frame pistol. nothing special but the coating on the frame ( looks like paint rather than parkerized because it comes off easy) doesn't look so great. id like to re do it but it looks as if the serial number is maybe painted on as well? anyone have an ideas or been through this situation before? i don't want to cover it up of course but would like to make it look nice/protect it.
Most gun coatings are between .05 and .8 mil thick. If you have it Cerakoted or something they will remove the old finish and redo it. It wont fill in any of the markings.

So in other words. If you want to have it professionally done you could have a gun coating place in the area remove the old finish for you.
 
Old 01-13-2014, 09:51 PM   #3
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the problem is, the serial isnt stamped. it looks as though it was painted on. this pic isnt the actual pistol. just an example of the same model.

 
Old 01-14-2014, 12:00 AM   #4
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Pretty sure it has to be engraved to pass ATF regs
 
Old 01-14-2014, 12:35 PM   #5
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Could it be lightly etched in? Is the there another copy of the serial number on another part of the frame?
 
Old 01-16-2014, 10:20 PM   #6
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Could it be lightly etched in? Is the there another copy of the serial number on another part of the frame?
if there is it isnt visible. i may just have to accept it the way it is. was thinking if i ever sold it id like it to look nice (and im kind of OCD about my firearms looking the best they possibly can) guess i will just put it back in the box and put it away till i can figure it out. out of sight out of mind? lol
 
Old 01-23-2014, 07:53 AM   #7
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I may be able to fix that. Having it re-blued may be the best way to go because bluing isn't a coating. Everything will come out sharp and crisp. I do hot-salts bluing and can get back to factory finish.

Let me know if you need any help with this.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 10:19 AM   #8
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I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the Taurus PT22 and the Beretta 21A have aluminum frames, which you cannot blue.

If you are concerned with the scratches you could try the Birchwood-Casey touch up pen, looks like a Sharpie but with different "ink"

FWIW a lot of manufacturers now a days are laser etching serial numbers. The depth is not near what they used to get with roll marks
 
Old 02-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #9
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I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the Taurus PT22 and the Beretta 21A have aluminum frames, which you cannot blue.

If you are concerned with the scratches you could try the Birchwood-Casey touch up pen, looks like a Sharpie but with different "ink"

FWIW a lot of manufacturers now a days are laser etching serial numbers. The depth is not near what they used to get with roll marks
i tried the birchwood casey pens but never seemed to dry correctly, or left streaks in the paint. now that could be from the house being too cold or im just not a pro at painting lol. it just didn't seem to come out right. as for it possibly being aluminum, it sure looks like the same material as the barrel and the slide. but i suppose i could be wrong.
 
Old 02-10-2014, 02:54 PM   #10
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if there is it isnt visible. i may just have to accept it the way it is. was thinking if i ever sold it id like it to look nice (and im kind of OCD about my firearms looking the best they possibly can) guess i will just put it back in the box and put it away till i can figure it out. out of sight out of mind? lol
ok, kewl. i will keep that in mind. thanks
 
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