Helix Gunsmithing has the ability to refinish your firearm from the classic finishes like bluing and nickel plating to modern finishes like Cerakote and hard chrome.
Belgian Blue is a form of rust blue, where heat is used to speed up the process. Any form of rust blue will micro-etch the surface of the metal, so there will be a satin rather than a high gloss finish. This finish is commonly used on soft soldered double barrel shotguns but can be used on any carbon steels.
Hard Chrome firearm plating looks similar to stainless steel. It has an increased hardness value compared to standard hard chrome; however, it retains a remarkable amount of ductility and toughness. It is not like the chrome you would see on a bumper. It can be applied in a satin finish or brushed gloss.
Hot Salts Bluing
One of the most classic finishes in firearms is bluing. Bluing is not a coating, it's a rusting process using the iron in the steel to bring out a blue black. Our hot tank solution uses a caustic solution of Nitrate salts and is heated to near 300 degrees F. Since bluing actually highlights imperfections in the metal, special care must be exercised in the preparation and polishing. The higher the polish on the steel, the deeper the blue.
This coating offers a pleasing bright cosmetic appearance. It provides good coverage in blind holes and recesses and low coefficient of friction. A very smooth and even coating can be achieved, regardless of the geometry of the parts being plated. This is a hard and moderately corrosion resistant finish.
Parkerizing is a method of protecting a steel surface from corrosion and increasing its resistance to wear through the application of a chemical phosphate conversion coating. Parkerizing is usually considered to be an improved zinc or manganese phosphating process, and not to be an improved iron phosphating process.