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Refinishing A 391 Receiver?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by RED Z06, Jul 30, 2011.

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  1. RED Z06

    RED Z06 Member

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    I've been told re-anodizing a Beretta 391 receiver is not realistic option. Has anyone re-finished a 391 or for that matter any aluminum receiver with professional results? I'm looking for something durable, with a clean look.

    If you have, please send me the contact info and the approximate cost.

    Thanks,
    Pat Maurice
     
  2. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I have done some 303 recievers but I took them to an anodizing place and it was pretty reasonable. I did a red, blue and a green one for about $60 each
     
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    Lou, Did they look as factory new? Did the finish fill in any engraving? Any pics?

    Thanks, milt
     
  4. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Milt, dont have the guns any longer but they looked very real and no it does not fill in any lettering etc
     
  5. Sky Buster

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    It's no big deal to anodize aluminum. You have to strip the receiver
    before taking it in. You might also consider some of the new hi-tech
    polymer paint finishes. Talk to Laib's Gunsmithing, Spicer, MN.
     
  6. CLP101

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    Anodizing will not fill in any imperfections. It is basically electroplating the alluminum using electricaly charged color plates. I work in a factory that anodizes alluminum building products. The only thing to watch out for is how long it is dipped in the caustic solution. This process opens the metals pores to accept the color. If left in too long it will remove metal shifting the dimensions. I'm guessing that the guys that specialize in guns don't dip them for very long, therefore won't be a problem. You won't be able to get anodizing off very easily without the caustic solution. Hope this gives you somme insight.
     
  7. Trapmanjohn

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    Hey RedZ06,

    I sent 390 to Beretta USA and got it refinished. It looked like the first time it came from the factory. Call them and see what they can do for you.

    Hit 'em hard,

    John
     
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