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Spray on finish done

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Well, I did it - I refinish the stainless Springfield and a FEG HP with black teflon moly spray. I detail stripped both and took everything outside to spray it which made it a little difficult as it was pretty windy. After letting everything dry for the prescibed time, I baked everything for the prescibed time. All parts came out a nice flat black color and everything went back together without problem. The slide movement on the 1911 was a little stiff but I used some tetra lube and cycled the slide to smooth it out. Unfortunately, when I went to testfire today I found that wasn't nearly enough. I had constant failures to go into battery and on several rounds the slide movement was so sluggish that the extractor failed to engage the cartridge rim. Teflon was smeared all over the front and back of the barrel hood. I had deliberated sprayed the locking lugs and slide rail bearing surfaces as I figured that the lubricity of teflon couldn't do anthing but help reliablity but , boy, was I wrong. All I can say is that you don't want to spray the frame rails or the locking lugs and leave the paint in them. When I got home, I used a wire brush on my dremel to get the paint out along with the firing residue. It seems to be cycling much better now but the proof will be in the next firing, I guess. The other concern is durability. There are already several spots along the bottom of the left rail where tiny bits have flaked off as well as a larger spot on the slide stop pin end. I haven't had any of these problems on the FEG, though. I guess the tolerances are just that much looser that the paint isn't affecting anything. I'll post again after the next firing to say how things went.
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