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#1 SV-COP

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:23 PM

I'm about to have my duty gun/back-up limited gun refinished with Infinicoat. I'm curious if anyone has used something similar (DLC, ionbond) on a magwell and how it held up with lots of reloads?

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:41 PM

How much do you miss and what material is your mag well?

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:07 PM

How much do you miss and what material is your mag well?


Most of my mag wells look like a "war zone" and this one is stainless steel.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:18 PM

Well, the SS is soft, so if it is dinged up, a coating won't stop the dings, as when you gouge out the metal, the coating will follow. DLC will work well on the outside though.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 07:08 AM

SS is soft compared to what? for a mag well its harder than aluminum, or brass for sure. My caspian had an aluminum magwell and the gun was IONBOND. after many many magchanges and holster draws, ad-nauseum the IONBOND showed very little to no wear. A DLC coating will hold up on that magwell better than any other coating I have tried.
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:46 PM

Softer than carbon or tungsten. The DLC will make the surface of the metal more durable, but if you are missing hard enough and gouging the metal out the coating will come with it. We use a Class III Hard anodizing that works best on the softer aluminums, but the harder ones we can DLC.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:37 AM

Softer than carbon or tungsten. The DLC will make the surface of the metal more durable, but if you are missing hard enough and gouging the metal out the coating will come with it. We use a Class III Hard anodizing that works best on the softer aluminums, but the harder ones we can DLC.

I have used DLC on both Stainless & Carbon frames, and I had Springer put the Class III Hard Anodizing on my lightweight Officer that I use for CC. I practice a lot with all of my pistols and both coatings have performed better than any other finishes I have tried. None of these coatings make the base material harder and if you try real hard you can break through the coating. But I think it takes more to mar these finishes than it does to damage any baked on finish. Both the DLC ahd the Class II HA also have excellent friction (or lack of it) characteristics. I run my guns in the winter using Lock-Ease which is liquid applied graphite with excellent results in temps well below freezing.

If you decide to use either finish make sure you call and talk to Scott before preping your parts, I learned the hard way that glass beading them is a no-no because it gets silicone into the material. Springer precision was great to deal with.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:06 PM


Softer than carbon or tungsten. The DLC will make the surface of the metal more durable, but if you are missing hard enough and gouging the metal out the coating will come with it. We use a Class III Hard anodizing that works best on the softer aluminums, but the harder ones we can DLC.

I have used DLC on both Stainless & Carbon frames, and I had Springer put the Class III Hard Anodizing on my lightweight Officer that I use for CC. I practice a lot with all of my pistols and both coatings have performed better than any other finishes I have tried. None of these coatings make the base material harder and if you try real hard you can break through the coating. But I think it takes more to mar these finishes than it does to damage any baked on finish. Both the DLC ahd the Class II HA also have excellent friction (or lack of it) characteristics. I run my guns in the winter using Lock-Ease which is liquid applied graphite with excellent results in temps well below freezing.


If you decide to use either finish make sure you call and talk to Scott before preping your parts, I learned the hard way that glass beading them is a no-no because it gets silicone into the material. Springer precision was great to deal with.



Thanks for the replies. I decided to keep the magwell, grip safety, thumb safety, trigger and barrel bushing silver. So, no worries with my wild reloads :roflol:

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:47 PM

That is why I use Dawson Ice magwells, you can pop in a fresh insert when you want to look good ;)

Edited by Loves2Shoot, 22 February 2011 - 08:48 PM.

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