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We are often asked by dealers and individuals to explain the differences and uses of the various finishes done at Status Guns. Below is a brief description.

All firearms to be refinished are totally disassembled to their individual parts. Unless the weapon is exceptionally clean the parts are then bead blasted to remove dried oil deposits, dirt and rust. All visible parts are then polished. This is normally a four stage process. First a coarse buff is used to remove pits and scratches. The three subsequent polishing are progressively finer, the final one producing a high polish. A fifth and finer polish is occasionally applied where a customer wants a mirror finish, but this is so smooth it will not hold oil and is impractical on a working gun.

Where a customer wants a matte finish the parts are bead blasted a second time after the second polishing. This is standard procedure when the firearm is to be parkerised since parkerising is matte anyway. If the firearm is blued in this bead blasted state a non-reflective sooty black is the result. Matte blued steel does not last quite as long as shiny blued steel.

Blueing is a controlled rust process. It is not a rust preventive although it does greatly retard further rusting. It's main purpose is cosmetic and reduces the chance of game being frightened by the flash of bright metal.

At Status all parts except shotgun barrel sets with soldered ribs are blued by immersion in a boiling caustic solution. This produces a hard clean black coating and does not in any way alter the surface finish of the steel.

Soldered rib barrel sets are blued by a swab on hot acid process which slightly etches the steel surface. This process is slow and difficult but it produces an extremely durable finish. It is used on shotguns because the hot caustic solution dissolves the tin in the solder causing the ribs to let go.

This is a phosphating process which produces a dark grey matte finish on steel. It is not as cosmetically pleasing as blueing but has the advantage of being highly rust resistant and totally non light reflecting. The ideal finish for working firearms in damp or coastal conditions.

Similar to the above mentioned acid blue this produces a brown colour and is normally used on black powder and damascus guns. It enhances the damascus pattern. It is softer and more easily rubbed off than blueing.

Status has recently developed a non chemical process to alter the colour of stainless steel firearms to a matte grey similar to parkerising. This is a new and unique process and should prove popular with those wanting a non reflective firearm while at the same time enjoying the advantages of stainless steel. We call the process Status Stainless grey.

As the name implies this is a nickel plating process which does not use an electric current to deposit plating. It is a chemical process and unlike electroplating it deposits evenly over the entire surface of the plated object, inside and out. Also, since no current is used there is no chance of parts becoming crystallised.

The finish produced is a pleasing matte, not unlike the internal surface of silver plated bowls, jugs etc.

Electroless nickel is hard wearing and rust proof. It is an ideal finish for handguns and as a cosmetic finish on small parts.

Status provides these services, but contracts the work out. The normal guarantee applies.