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i just purchased my first 1911 from a friend of mine. i got a good deal, but the deal came w/ an idiot scratch in the parked finish of my Springfield GI-45.

the answer: PRESTO gun-blue-pen....



well, im not sure if there really is an answer for an idiot scratch in a parkerized finish. but i am happy with the result. and before i go any further........i hate the elitist term "idiot mark" or "idiot scratch". to be honest i was fine with the scratch being there, but i decided to try this out of curiosity. this experiment is only half finished.......i still need to test the durability of the cold blue stain to see if it holds up under use.

here are the "before" pics of my Springer with the take down scratch in the finish:




rather than applying the cold blue directly with the pen, i ran a fine tipped paintbrush across the tip of the Presto marker and slowly dabbed the brush on the exposed metal. i recommend this because these scratches are so fine that having a finer tipped tool helps with the application.

my first application matched the parkerized finish almost perfect, but it was uneven and bare metal was still showing through. i hit it a few more times to get it even but the color was a little darker. bottom line: you can still see that the scratch is there depending on the angle of the light. sometimes the scratch looks dark, sometimes it looks light, and sometimes it disappears completely.

after i did the cosmetic surgery on my beauty, i oiled her up real good and took photos w/ different angles and color balances so you can get the gist of it.

these are the "after" photos:







i must add that when i took these photos, i was trying to show the remnants of the "mark" as best i could. when you casually look at the gun in normal light you can not see the mark whatsoever. these photos show extreme details of the gun under a spot light.
 

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i've wondered if those blueing pens would work for this sort of touchup on a parkerized finish. nice work.
i was wondering the same thing. i figured it would be fun to try. here is a more realistic photo showing that at a casual distance you cant see any mark.

 

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that looks spot on from that angle. I wish i could do something like this to my stainless springfield 1911. post word on how this holds up after putting some rounds through it and doing a few disassemblies.
 

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here is another update on my GI 1911. just put some stag grips on her. with all this special treatment im dishin' out, she better "put out".




i live in Texas, so i guess i wanted a little western flare.
 

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The idiot mark is a rite of passage and should be displayed proudly! I did the same thing with my 1911.

Nice looking pistol and nice cover-up.

Tony.

Oaky, so with all this 1911 imagery, I am compelled to whip out mine...
 
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