Are Childers receivers finished?
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    Are Childers receivers finished?

    I purchased a couple of Childers receivers over a year ago. I didn't select an option to have them finished, but both are a nice solid consistent semigloss black. Are they finished or is the color just a result of their manufacturing process?
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    I'd be interested to know exactly as well.
    I assume it's a result of their heat treating process, if I remember right used salt bath.
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    I'm having to send my receivers off to be finished after my dehumidifier stopped dehumidifying though it was running and indicating that the humidity was at 30%. Almost all of my DC Industries / Nodak Spud receivers promptly got rust spots, especially around the center support, but my Childers and 74ULLC receivers are virtually rust free. I know my 74ULLC receivers are unfinished and were quenched in a oil bath. I don't know about the Childers though. They don't have rust and look ready to build, but I don't want to assume that it's actually a finish. Their website says nothing about finishing that I could find. Their engraving shows as bare metal, so I'm guessing the receivers are unfinished, but again they are black semigloss in color and look perfect.
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    Dave heat treats in a furnace then blasts and then puts oil on his receivers.
    I think heat treat in salt produced a finish basically the same as hot salt bluing. So it's basically a layer of oxidation.
    I think... Lol
    I know how hot salt bluing works but I've never studied up on salt heat treating just seem pictures. And assuming they would produce the same results depending on surface finish before the process
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    Quote Originally Posted by BR7.62 View Post
    Dave heat treats in a furnace then blasts and then puts oil on his receivers.
    I think heat treat in salt produced a finish basically the same as hot salt bluing. So it's basically a layer of oxidation.
    I think... Lol
    I know how hot salt bluing works but I've never studied up on salt heat treating just seem pictures. And assuming they would produce the same results depending on surface finish before the process
    That is my understanding too, Brendyn, regarding the heat treatment in salt producing a black oxide finish. Chemically, it makes complete sense that it would work that way.
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    I have purchased multiple receivers from Childers over different points in time. Some appeared to be right out of the salt bath, others with a clean black oxide or bluing finish, and some that were blasted bare metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BR7.62 View Post
    Dave heat treats in a furnace then blasts and then puts oil on his receivers.
    I think heat treat in salt produced a finish basically the same as hot salt bluing. So it's basically a layer of oxidation.
    I think... Lol
    I know how hot salt bluing works but I've never studied up on salt heat treating just seem pictures. And assuming they would produce the same results depending on surface finish before the process
    I agree, the top layer of the metal get oxidized in the heat treatment and that is a "finish". Hot blue is a controlled oxidization of the metal also in a different more beautiful and expensive way

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    This is very interesting. I sent them off to be refinished anyway.
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    Mine appear to be just a result from the heat treat process. These need oil .


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    SGT ROCK, did you recently receive those? Mine were a nice solid black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bret View Post
    SGT ROCK, did you recently receive those? Mine were a nice solid black.

    No, i've had them for more than a year.

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    A bit off topic here but my last Recreator complete receiver was a nice even bluish/black finish all over...scuffed it up where I etched the selector marks just to make sure I'd have a good connection...the finish reminded me of bluing...all the others I've seen/received were like a shiney blasted metal finish...
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