From:Bob Nicholas
Subject:RE: RE: Parkerizing solution Date:Wed Jul 8 11:44:48 2015
Response to:1005

Another thing I found is that previously chromed items are difficult to parkerize. I had a set of fork springs bead-blasted to remove the chrome. I had hopes of bringing them back to the original Parkerized finish.

Evidently, not all of the chrome was removed in the blasting process. I couldn't see any chrome, but it must have still been there. The Parkerizing solution didn't work at all. The springs came out of the tank exactly as they went in. Parkerizing only works on spotlessly cleaned raw iron.

I seem to remember General George having success Parkerizing previously chromed items. Somehow he was able to remove all of the chrome. With Parkerizing, your success is completely dependent upon the preparation on the piece of metal.

My first attempt at Parkerizing a seat post didn't turn out perfect. I had a little oil on my fingers when handling the previously cleaned seat post. It came out with areas of darker and lighter colors (and a few finger prints). A re-clean and re-park fixed that problem. Luckily, Do-Overs seem to work pretty well.



Midway is OK. My business partner buys gun stuff from them.

You might want to check the color of the Parkerizing solution if you are buying it from a firearms dealer. I think you can get it in a few colors. (Maganese which is Black, Zinc which is Dark Gray... there may be others like Green for WWII stuff). I believe you'll need the dark black solution for your bike.

I bought my park solution from Old Dude. I don't there was a color choice, just black.


GeorgeO gave me the lowdown on Parkerizing last night. He gave me an interesting tip about annealing any springs that you parkerize before use.

Does anyone need any Parkerizing solution?

I spent some time "shopping" on the Internet. Brownells is a large reputable gunsmithing supply company. Their gallon of park. is $90 MidwayUSA I've never heard of before, but they sound OK, and their gallon is only $64

Reading the directions for each product:

Brownells - mix 114 oz of water with 14 oz of solution - that's about 8:1 - so you'd get 9 gallons total

MidwayUSA - mix 4 parts water to 1 part solution - that's 4:1 - so you'd get 5 gallons total

So who's really got the better price?

The gallon size is way more than I need. Two pints would be about right. But the gallon size is half-price. And shipping is $16 whether 1 pint, 2 pints or 1 gallon.

If anyone needs any, I'll buy the gallon, you can get whatever amount you need, and we can split the cost.

Lemme know!

So I'm tempted to buy the gallon anyway, and see if anyone else needs some. Maybe I should put this on the Exchange and see.

Then there's ShootersSolutions whose is $190. Read a bit, and you'll find the instructions are written in some bastard Asian-English. "In any case reduction of micro-boil and “flocking” and certainly exploding may be good". I'm not quite sure whether they mean "reduction of exploding may be good" or "exploding may be good".