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Old 06-29-2011, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default What is the name of the finish on this Colt Diamondback?

I know that a lot of you guys are into guns and have a solid knowledge of them.

I am being offered a Colt Diamondback chambered for .22lr.
This has been a good reliable gun ( revolver ) with a good balance.
The gun has a black mate finish on it. At first I thought it was some kind of Durakote or some other epoxy paint, but I was told it was not paint.

Do you think that this was an original finish on the gun? If not what is the name of this finish? The cilinder is what does not look right to me because there are parts that are blued, like the origina finish on this arms.

Do you think it is a durable finish?







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Old 06-29-2011, 11:27 PM   #2
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I'm not a gun expert, but I'd say that looks powder coated.
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Parkerized...
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looks parkerized from the photo
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Looks like it's Parkerized

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A Parkerized dan wesson for reference

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That's not the original finish. I've owned a Diamondback .38. The original finish is a high polish blue (Colt Royal Blue if I'm not mistaken) or nickel. It's valued $825.00 in 98% condition in .22 cal with the 4" barrel. With the finish not original and the grips look like they've been messed with, that gun would be worth alot less. Hope this helps.
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Is there an advantage to parkerizing instead of the original finish? Is this a durable or delicate finish?
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Is there an advantage to parkerizing instead of the original finish? Is this a durable or delicate finish?
being a colt it knocks some value off and in the eyes of colt fan's since it only came in Blued or Nickel.

if its parkerized properly its more durable than most finishes out there and thats probably why it was redone.

The military has used Parkerizing for a very long time for a reason.

I personally don't like the look of Parkerized... it looks chalky and you can see where the lube is. its personal preference though and i just love a deep blued revolver

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I seem to remember that Colt used a matte blued finish on some of their guns. It had tactical advantages, marketing advantages, and with a gun like the Diamondback, would distinguish it from the high gloss blue Python, it's more expensive "sibling" in the product line. IIRC, they even offered some Pythons in the matte finish as well.

While it's hard to tell from the photos, I don't think that's a parkerized finish. Parkerizing is usually dark black, silver-grey, or as it wears, it takes on an almost olive green hue. The gun in the photos looks to be a true matte blue finish. A good way to tell if the gun's been refinished is to examine the corners and lettering to see if it's been blasted or polished, or look at the internal surfaces to see if they match the exterior.
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I seem to remember that Colt used a matte blued finish on some of their guns. It had tactical advantages, marketing advantages, and with a gun like the Diamondback, would distinguish it from the high gloss blue Python, it's more expensive "sibling" in the product line. IIRC, they even offered some Pythons in the matte finish as well.

While it's hard to tell from the photos, I don't think that's a parkerized finish. Parkerizing is usually dark black, silver-grey, or as it wears, it takes on an almost olive green hue. The gun in the photos looks to be a true matte blue finish. A good way to tell if the gun's been refinished is to examine the corners and lettering to see if it's been blasted or polished, or look at the internal surfaces to see if they match the exterior.
according to my book on colts, the diamondback .22's were only offered in Blued and Nickle.

the part that is screaming parkerized to me is the wet spots from the oil on lube spots on the gun.

Its very interesting though, i know you can parkerize over oxide blued finish. Heck it could be high temp BBQ paint LOL....

im very curious now and would love to find out for sure.
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This is BobbyC3's Parkerized python for the Alaskan wilderness for comparison



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It's called ugly and cheap to apply.

At least electroless nickel is halfway decent looking, but there's just no excuse to give a fine firearm the finish appearance of a $20 pot metal Saturday nite special.
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It's called ugly and cheap to apply.

At least electroless nickel is halfway decent looking, but there's just no excuse to give a fine firearm the finish appearance of a $20 pot metal Saturday nite special.
It's shame this happened.

This is a case to confirm the old saying "There's no accounting for taste" IMO.
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After reading the very usefull information that you guys shared with me I have come to the conclusion that this particular Parkerized Colt Diamondback might be an overpriced gun.
It has been offered to me in a not very cheap price; $1330 US dlls.

Maybe I should pass this offer and wait for a better one to come by. After all the value on this gun should lower as years pass by, right?
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can you undo parkerizing?
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After reading the very usefull information that you guys shared with me I have come to the conclusion that this particular Parkerized Colt Diamondback might be an overpriced gun.
It has been offered to me in a not very cheap price; $1330 US dlls.

Maybe I should pass this offer and wait for a better one to come by. After all the value on this gun should lower as years pass by, right?
Another hundred and you're at 98% finish, beautifully blued used Colt Python money.

And a Diamondback ain't no Python...it's a glorified Detective Special.

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They call that a "non glare" or "satin" finish on shotguns. I call it ugly, but have it on two of my waterfowl guns and it is very durable.
I'd never have it on a handgun though, just too ugly.
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After reading the very usefull information that you guys shared with me I have come to the conclusion that this particular Parkerized Colt Diamondback might be an overpriced gun.
It has been offered to me in a not very cheap price; $1330 US dlls.

Maybe I should pass this offer and wait for a better one to come by. After all the value on this gun should lower as years pass by, right?
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can you undo parkerizing?
That is a doubt I also have, but I guess it is difficult .
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