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Old 08-16-2007, 07:43 PM   #1
 
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Parkerizing

I think I'm going to attempt to do my own parkerizing. Noticed 2 main kit makers called AGI and parkerizingkits.com. From personal experiences, what would be the best kit to get for someone needing to repark their M1 and other household defense items? I care more about quality over price of the kit. I appreciate ya'lls expert advice. Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:21 PM   #2
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I don;t think anyone here has used those 'kits' Do a search in this forum for parkerizing and you'll see a TON of posts about this from JAS and Quagmire as well as my self opn ho to as well as tips... All 3 of us have used the Radocy solution, and some have used the Brownells stuff.. as for kits.. all you really need is a good stainless steel pot, 8qt for most small parts up to and including receivers, a cooking thermometer, rubber gloves, SS strainer for small parts, timer, and I use SS welding rod with small bends on the ends to use as hooks to turn parts while 'cooking' them and to lift them out fo the solution. You'll also need a oil bath to soak the parts afterwards.. I use a oil changing pan and 30wt oil.. JAS has used the sulpher content cutting oil to get that greenish old GI look and I'll be trying they on my next run of parkerizing.
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Old 08-17-2007, 01:53 AM   #3
 
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So far the AGI kit is all I've used and I'm quite happy with the results. Originally I bought it because it came with an instruction video which was helpful. Very simple process, just use chemicals straight from the bottle. No adding this or adding that to the formula, etc.

Other suppliers products give good results also but for a first timer it can't get any simpler than AGI.

One tip on AGI. When the instructions tell you to get the item from the cleaner to the park tank in a timely manner, they mean it. I don't know what's in their degreasing solution but rust will start forming in 15 minutes or so. Not a problem but something to keep in mind.

Here's the very first batch of AGI.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:18 AM   #4
 
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Parkerizing is a simple process. Strip old parts by sandblasting and then cleaning with brake cleaner and then dip in the boiling solution for about 10 minutes. Rinse and coat with oil. The Brownells solution is as good as any.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:53 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for all the helpful info. I have read that some of you bead blast your parts. Where can I find info on beadblasting techniques and where can I pick up a decent bead blaster?
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:57 PM   #6
 
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Well, if you are just going to do a few parts and then never again, I would get a cheap sandblasting gun from Harbor Freight, cover my face really well (and a dust mask, at least) and do it out in the open with plain old play sand. The sand will end up in every crevice you have and some you forgot you had, but it will do the job

If you want to get fancy, you can get a pressure fed sandblasting rig and a blast cabinet and use (and recycle) glass beads.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:42 PM   #7
 
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Well, if you are just going to do a few parts and then never again, I would get a cheap sandblasting gun from Harbor Freight, cover my face really well (and a dust mask, at least) and do it out in the open with plain old play sand. The sand will end up in every crevice you have and some you forgot you had, but it will do the job

If you want to get fancy, you can get a pressure fed sandblasting rig and a blast cabinet and use (and recycle) glass beads.
Harbor Freight has a really cheap enclosed rig for a little over a hundred bucks. Is there a special type of glass beads I should get?
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:51 PM   #8
 
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I use #10 glass beads from HF. They seem to work great w/o removing any machine marks from your parts.
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