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    Refinished the rockers on my X-5

    The rockers on my '04 X-5 had developed some pretty bad fading and discoloration of the anodizing. I talked to Teresa about having them re-anodized and she told me that it would not be a good idea because they would need to strip the old anodizing first and this would likely oversize the bearing bores. I asked her about having them powder coated and I got a green light to to that. Long story short, I ended up having the rockers Teflon coated by a gunsmith that I trusted not to screw them up. I made up some plugs on my lathe to block out the bearing bores and sent them in.

    I got them back today and the finish is a perfect satin black. They look so much better.

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    Very nice!
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    and you can cook an egg on them now!
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    nice!

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    Sweet! Should shed mud pretty easily!

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    I like that eggplant-colored discoloration but having a gunsmith handy cannot be a bad thing

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    Very nice, 11Bravo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    I like that eggplant-colored discoloration but having a gunsmith handy cannot be a bad thing
    They were a lot uglier in person than they are in those pictures. I don't know if the color was truly eggplant, but that has a good ring to it.

    I did all my own gun work for years when I was shooting a lot of competition. I fit my own barrels, cut my own chambers, rebuilt my own triggers and sights. I could never stand having someone else work on my stuff. But I never got into refinishing. The national match stuff got stainless barrels and the tactical stuff got spray painted.

    When it comes to doing it right though, this guy does some fine work.
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