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Home Parkerizing anyone do their own work.

I am thinking about doing it on the CMP M14/1A kit I just received. The kit needs it really bad. Going to wait though until I obtain my receiver and barrel so that I can match all the parts. Been reading a bit on how to do it and it seems doable for me.

These guys sells the kit.
http://www.parkerizingkits.com/

Those who have done some please give me some pointers.

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http://m1-garand-rifle.com/parkerizing/

http://www.shootersolutions.com/parkerizing.html

http://www.freewebs.com/socal_webshooters/diy_home_parkerizing.htm

http://www.finishing.com/121/03.shtml

The last link I posted is by far the best, but the problem is homeland security these days. You can not get the components shipped to you any longer, to do this, unless you are an educational facility, like a college, or a medical facility, or in the business of parkerizing, like motorcycle shops and firearms manufacturers.

I tried everything under the sun to get these, everywhere...to no avail....I think it is really a conspriracy amongst the manufacturers of ready made parkerizing solutions. DI2
I really don't like the finish, that these ready park solutions do either, some do, but I know what the real deal can look like, and it is like night and day up against each other. I can spot a fake park job ( as I call em) a mile away. I love it when I go to a gun show, and the guy says...oh yeah, thats the original parkerized finish on that part.
 

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Haven't heard about the ban on park solution.

It is very doable and easy to do. Just need to invest some money into the tanks and buy or make burner set up. Best to do when you have lots of stuff to do.
 

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For black park, you can use manganese dioide which is available at most pottery supply houses/stores as a coloring agent. Phosphoric acid can be had by using Jasco Prep & Primer, which is used to clean rusted metal.
 

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Got a burner set up for outside. I will go to Salvation Army or something to purchase two stainless pot for heating the solution and hot water to neutralize.

If I can obtain the solution I will try it on the small parts on the CMP kit. And when I am finish with the solution mix I will take the excess to the Hazmat dump site, it's free.

Looks like shooters solution is least expensive may try there.
 

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http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=24778/Product/PARKERIZING_SUPPLIES_ONLY

I get the park solution from Brownells and that's all you really need to mail order.

I sandblast, then degrease with the purple Walmart solution (25%-50% cleaner and water) under heat, rinse in hot water, then dunk in the park tank until it's done fizzing. After that I toss it all in a pan of trans fluid or spray it down with CLP.

Harbour Frieght has a 4 stainless steel pot set that is cheap, It'll do everything but a barreled receiver. Had a friend in a duct shop weld me up long tanks for doing barreled receivers but the pots get used the most. For small parts I use a cheap stainless steel collender from Target to dip them.

For heat I use an old stove top. Tossed the stove, kept the top.

Parkerizing is pretty easy and can be done on the cheap. Just watch the fumes (I use a fan to ventilate) and don't spill any park solution on the concrete (it will discolor it).
 

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I have done several rifles and numerous small parts. Used the kitchen stove until I got married. A propane stove or grill top outside is what I use now. Follow the directions that come with whatever parkerize soulution you purchase. All the work is in the proper preparation and degreasing of the parts. The actual parkerizing easy.
 

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I have parked several guns. A 10/22 barrel to start with. Then a few Garands then a AK a few AR barrels. I have a few m14's and shotgun barrels to do as soon as I find time. :(

Metal prep is the biggest issue anyone that is home parking will face. Just blast{I use #70 al oxide, degrease and plug any holes that you don't want parked then toss it in the stainless tank.

If you have the ability to blast and heat water to 170 to 185 deg you are set. A coleman stove works good for us married guys.
 

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I have done a couple of barrelled receivers and numerous batches of small parts. My observations are that you must follow the directions very closely concerning the proper dilution of the solution, use only distilled water to dilute, and it is not necessary to sandblast the parts. Instead of blasting, I prep the parts with a benchgrinder with a steel wirebrush attached. It puts a nice matte finish on the metal and provides a satisfacory park for me. I am actually going to be doing all the stock pieces on an M-14 in the next week or so.

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