Can you explain the "slide melt"?

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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:18 PM   #1
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Can you explain the "slide melt"?

I think I understand it as removing the sharp edges, but it is hard to see in any pictures. Can you post a picture of an original and a slide melt next to each other?



I assume after this process is done that the side needs to be refinished?



Thanks for any info.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 09:52 AM   #2
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Since the slide is stainless steel it is not necessary to refinish but it can be if you would rather have a black slide.











The main surfaces that get worked over are:

1. the the muzzle- gets blended in to lose the lines and smooth it up.

2. the rear of the slide get radiused over to the last row of cocking serrations.

3. around the ejection port so that it draws from the holster a little smoother/quicker
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Old November 21st, 2006, 10:36 AM   #3
 
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Dan,

Do you offer any kind of clear coat finish to keep the protection and the stainless look?
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Do you offer any kind of clear coat finish to keep the protection and the stainless look?


The M&P has a stainless slide already. Dan just removes the black finish of the slide. No other protection is needed.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 01:06 PM   #5
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The M&P has a stainless slide already. Dan just removes the black finish of the slide. No other protection is needed.


Stingerjg is correct it is not necessary but if someone did want clear coat I suppose I could do it. Duracoat does make a clear.



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Old November 21st, 2006, 01:34 PM   #6
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Since we are on the topic of colors and refinishing, do you offer refinishing services normally Dan?
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Old November 21st, 2006, 01:40 PM   #7
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I am fairly limited in my set up for refinishing. I can do parkerizing in normal gray or a nice flat black (only on carbon steel). I am also set-up to do the spray-n-bake finishes of which duracoat is what I prefer currently. Any other requests would be sent out.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 03:25 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the responses. I understand that the slide is already stainless, but as I understand media blasting takes some of the melonite off not just the finish. Wouldn't the pistol wear better if it has some kind of finish over the stainless?
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Old November 21st, 2006, 05:40 PM   #9
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Duracoat is pretty durable as far as finishes go but it would wear way faster than the stainless left uncovered. Not to mention if the stainless did wear which stainless does get shiny spots from holster wear it could just be reblasted very easily where duracoat would have to be blasted off then reapplied. For my nickle I'd just leave it bare and reblast it if needed later.



The melonite is not completly blasted away just the super hard outer coating the next zone is still harder than most untreated stainless. So even blasted it will still be more wear resistant than all other stainless steel guns on the market.
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Thanks again for the advice Dan, that's what I wanted to know.
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Old February 4th, 2007, 02:17 PM   #11
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How does the slide melt affect the fit of kydex holsters? If I get the melt on my M&P do I have to get Comp-Tac to make a new holster for me, or will it still fit well?
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Dan, when you do the slide melt are you polishing the end of the barrel like your picture?
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Old February 4th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #13
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Dan, when you do the slide melt are you polishing the end of the barrel like your picture?


The barrel polish is part of the slide blast.



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How does the slide melt affect the fit of kydex holsters? If I get the melt on my M&P do I have to get Comp-Tac to make a new holster for me, or will it still fit well?


I haven't tried it personally but it shouldn't matter as most holsters lock mostly on the trigger guard.
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Thanks.
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choochboost, when I had my G27 and a Comp-tac Gurkha holster for it, as Dan said, the tension is mainly on the trigger guard.



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