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I'd like to duplicate the original stock black finish on my new XD40 Service slide with someting more rust/wear resistant. Have narrowed suppliers down to:

Canyon Creek (Teflon) - Richard says he can match the orginal slide color but I suspect so can the others below.

M&R's Diamondkote - they claim their finish is better than Teflon (?)

Tripp Research's Cobra Coat

Mac's Shootin' Iron's Tuff-Gun coat

Robar's Miracle Finish (waiting on a price, the others are on or about $60 for the slide only)

I don't plan on leaving the gun out in the elements, I usally take very good care of my guns, will occassionally carry the XD40 but for the most part it will be locked up. Yes, it is humid in the summer months. What is best for me? Kote? Polymer?

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I got this answer from another post of mine earlier yesterday with the same question. The guy that posted it was very helpful. I know that Springfield will do this finish for $145.00 but at 50.00 who can argue. He also lives in our great state and I like to business with the home team.

Black-T was developed as a finish for the external mechanical parts of Navy submarines. They needed a finish that would keep rust and corrosion from salt at bay, and did not need lubrication. Soon after they won contracts for submarine parts, it was discovered that it worked extremely well for small arms.

Unlike the DuPont products, it is not merely sprayed on, but actually penetrates the metal. It is therefore slightly more durable than a good bluing job, and much more durable than any of the spray-on bake-on finishes. Once applied, it needs nothing – no lubrication, and no special care. As the metal is completely bonded, it simply cannot rust.

A few things to be aware of with Birdsong: 1) Since he deals almost exclusively with government contracts, it may be a while before you get your gun back. 2) Prices are very reasonable. For as long as I've dealt with the company, the price has been the same - $50 for a handgun, $100 for a long gun. 3) Walter Birdsong is the nicest southern gentleman you'll ever meet. He still answers his own phone. 4) Since he has so much work with government contracts, he doesn't advertise and isn't particularly looking for end-user work, so he's hard to locate. But he is very personable and helpful if you do catch up with him, and I can help you with that: W.E Birdsong & Assoc.,Inc. 1435 Monterey Rd. Florence, MS 39073 601-939-7448.
 

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I have contacted SA to see what they would do. They gave me a authorization # to send in with the slide and said work would be perfomed under there warranty. Has anyone sent theirs in for this warranty refinish? They said about 3 wk turnaround but not sure what finish will be applied. I guess I could ask. I have the NATO green frame and have heard of a green finish around here somewhere. I thought the same thing, apply Blue Wonder and forget about it. I have never experienced any rust thus far as I use tuf-cloth and clean it often. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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