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Best parkerizing solution?

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Best parkerizing solution?

#1 Post by Airforce1 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:05 am

Looking for the best one available. Anyone have any tips?

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Re: Best parkerizing solution?

#2 Post by RWS » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:03 am

Do you want Manganese or Zinc? Manganese phosphate produces a dark black finish. Zinc phosphate provides a gray or gray-green finish as seen on WW2 Parkerized guns. Personally, I prefer the zinc over the manganese solution but manganese seems to be more widely available. I think manganese is just TOO dark.

I don't know if it's the best one available but Brownell's manganese solution is excellent. I suspect you might get 10 different recommendations from 10 different people.

Of course, it is as much about the process as the solution you choose. Learn all you can before you start and I recommend phosphating a small part first before doing the real job just to make sure that you have a process down that you are going to be happy with. My apologies for preaching to the choir if you are already up to speed on all this.

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Re: Best parkerizing solution?

#3 Post by Rapidrob » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:49 am

You can mix your own for 1/5TH the cost of a bottled solution. Any good ceramic hobby shop will have the Magnesium powder and Home Depot or Lowes will have Phosphoric acid ( metal cleaner) for sale.
I've using the home brew for decades with very good results.
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Re: Best parkerizing solution?

#4 Post by LavaTech » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:24 pm

Both Lauer and Palmetto make excellent parkerizing solutions. Only problems I’ve ever had were from my own deficient preparations on an occasional part here and there.


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