M1 Garand Color matching Parkerized metal, best options?

M1 Garand Color matching Parkerized metal, best options?

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    M1 Garand Color matching Parkerized metal, best options?

    For a parts Garand that will be a shooter that I want to also look good, what is the best way to get the metal finish between the parts looking close to similar?

    I know that they did not all match when issued due to different metals used.

    The phosphate on my new barrel does not match the light grey of the rest of the gun.

    The Krieger is basically a semi gloss black finish.
    The rest is a light grey phosphate.

    First I am getting the barrel installed then it will be tuned up for function.

    Once it is running properly then I will refinish the wood and try to get the metal looking nice as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypo View Post
    For a parts Garand that will be a shooter that I want to also look good, what is the best way to get the metal finish between the parts looking close to similar?
    Slather a thin coating of grease on the parkerized surfaces.

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    The colors not matching is not necessarily due to differences in steel alloys. But also the parts were parkerized in different batches. An all matching parkerizing job is a dead giveaway to it being redone. Generally frowned upon by collectors. I personally like the parts not matching, it adds character.

    All that aside, sandblast it all down and re-park it all at once. That's the best way to make it match. The gas cylinder and plug is stainless, so it'll need to be repainted.

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    I'm betting that new kreiger is stainless too.
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    I'll be home in a few minutes. Found some pictures to post. PITA to do from my phone.

    Ordered a Chrome Moly Parkerized but it looks like it is a black Dura Coat finish it is so smooth and even.

    Here is the starting rifle. The new barrel will be really dark black.



    OK found this from KY Gun Coat. http://kyguncoat.com/gallery/thumbna...album=4&page=4

    Ultimak rail for a scout mount scope with Cerakote Armor Black.



    Cerakote Burnt Bronze



    Leaning towards the Ultimak scope rail in that color. I already found a Leupold Vari-X III 2.5-8X EER for $350.

    That will keep me out of the JCG As Issued match for sure and even removing the scope probably bump me into match rifle class because of the rail.
    All for fun though.

    I want to take the gloss finish off of the wood and go to a more hand rubbed oil semi gloss finish.
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    You might want to talk to FluffyTheCat, he would probably have some ideas on whar sort of finishing would work. He has built alot of m1 garand.
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    You won't believe me so I will prove what I have to say with pictures.

    I have between 40 and 50 Italian Garand receivers and I was amazed that some of them sported a beautiful smooth, green parkerized finish. Some of these receivers had obviously been re-parkerized; however, the ones with the original finish were beautiful.

    So I did some research. I realized that long term storage in cosmoline could turn a parkerized finish green. I also learned that if the Parkerizing solution was contaminated with copper that this could also turn Parkerizing green. I spoke to a chemistry professor and he told me that that zinc chromate could also turn Parkerizing green.

    Anyway, I contacted the Breda factory in Brescia, Italy. They told me that the receivers were hand polished after Parkerizing. Apparently both Breda and Beretta employees used fine steel wool and whatever oil they had handy. Sometimes they used olive oil from the company cafeteria.

    I experimented with different olive oils with some success. Then I did more research and I found out that the preferred olive oil of the Gardonese is Bramasole olive oil. This is a very special olive oil that is only produced from certain trees at a specific olive grove.

    Anyway, I imported some Bramasole and it worked like a charm. Take a look at the picture below. At the far left is receiver BMR 8895. See how dark it was right after it was reparkerized in September 2014.







    Now take a look at how BMR 8895 looks today after polishing with Bramasole. See the beautiful olive green color? I would recommend that you try it.








    Bramasole also works with US receivers. Here's a Winchester and see how green it is:







    Here is a link to the Bramasole website:

    http://www.thetuscansun.com/




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    Those Garands are beautiful. You ARE a genius, thanks for sharing this information.

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    Here are consecutive serial numbers:










    More twins: These will be built next year



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