NP3 & Metal Finishing

Wright Armory is now the exclusive distributor of NP3®, NP3 Plus®, and Armor Lube® to the Firearms Industry for the Western United States.

 

After The Robar Companies closed it’s doors for good, Wright Armory struck a deal to ensure the Firearms Community still has access to the incredible NP3® performance finishes we have all come to know and love over the past 30 years as well as Duralar® Armorlube™, and other traditional metal finishes.

 

 

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ARMORLUBE™

ArmorLube is a very special Duralar coating that combines dry lubrication with exceptional hardness – up to 2000 Vickers or more. Plus, it is highly wear resistant. Created from a proprietary carbon-based formula, the carbon in ArmorLube provides a natural graphitic lubricity and an extremely low coefficient of friction – less than 0.1. This coating is well suited for applications that require a clean, dry, permanent lubrication, eliminating the need for oils or greases, which can accumulate dirt and cause fouling. In Firearms, for example, ArmorLube is effectively used on dozens of different parts. This unique coating can dramatically reduce the problems of scaling, galling, fretting, and many other friction related issues, enhancing performance and lowering costs considerably.

ArmorLube provides a combination of dry lubrication and exceptional hardness, which enhances the performance of metal parts for applications such as firearms, automotive, oil & gas, and many other industries.

 

Black Oxide & Stainless Blackening

More commonly known as “Bluing” in the firearm community. Black oxide coatings provide a thin corrosion resistant oxide for ferrous materials. The black coating is both decorative and functional. The oxide provides corrosion resistance without producing any dimensional changes in the components. The coating can be applied to all ferrous materials including stainless steel.

Wright Armory offers firearm restoration services for both Water and Fire Damage as well as high polished finishes in both the Black Oxide and Stainless Black Finishes. Each firearm restoration job is very unique, please contact us for pricing on your restoration or high polish refinishing job.

 

Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating is an auto-catalytic plating process that yields significant advantages over traditional electrolytic nickel. The lack of current density issues provide a deposit that is extremely uniform in coverage and thickness. This inherent characteristic makes this process ideal for plating components that are complex in shape and require tight “after plating” tolerances. EN deposits provide excellent corrosion resistance, hardness and wear resistance. Electroless nickel can be applied to all common base materials and provides superior protection for light metals (i.e. aluminum alloys).

 

NP3®

 

Technical Terms:

NP3 is a surface treatment for steel and metal alloys that combines sub-micron particles of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), otherwise known as Teflon, with electroless nickel.  The application of NP3 is auto-catalytic, that is, not requiring any form of electricity. This process is preferable to standard electrolytic plating as all active surfaces are evenly plated, which is crucial when working with firearms. Coating thickness can be maintained to within .0002″ or two ten thousandths of one inch, guaranteeing consistent quality coatings. With the PTFE evenly distributed and locked into the nickel-phosphorus matrix, NP3 is a true composite. If wear occurs, fresh particles of PTFE are exposed to keep the opposing surfaces lubricated throughout the life of the coating, which produces a true dry film self-lubricating finish.

Gun Guy Terms:

NP3 will adhere to aluminum, steel, and stainless steel. NP3 is Electroless Nickel with embedded TEFLON. The TEFLON is bonded to the particles of Nickel at the molecular level providing self lubrication throughout the entire coating. The Nickel in this finish provides corrosion and abrasion resistance. NP3 is a soft metallic gray color, somewhat similar to bead-blasted stainless steel or titanium.

  • NP3 has a micro hardness of 48-51 Rockwell as plated (nickel matrix).
  • NP3 has a coefficient of friction as low as .07-.1 according to test standards LFW-1 and ASTM D-2714
  • NP3 has PTFE also known as Teflon® co-deposited in the nickel matrix. As wear occurs new PTFE particles are exposed and the self lubricating properties continue.
  • NP3 is easy to clean for the same reason that a pan with Teflon® is easy to clean. Teflon® is non-stick and easy to wipe down, therefore carbon does not adhere to the surface.
  • NP3 Permits firing for longer periods of time between cleaning, as dirt and powder residue has no wet or oily surface to cling to.
  • NP3 has great corrosion resistance, a 1 mil (.001) coating exceeding a 240 hour salt spray test. Twice that of Nickel Boron.
  • No lubrication is needed on opposing surfaces.
  • NP3 has a high lubricity and low friction co-efficient; therefore, the life expectancy of a firearm will be greatly increased due to reduced friction wear.
  • NP3 plated onto stainless steel guns will prevent galling, a problem common with stainless steel.
  • NP3 is a satin gray, non-reflective color ideal for all firearms.
  • NP3 can be plated to all internal parts giving a smoothness to the action not found with any other coating.
  • NP3 is guaranteed against corrosion, peeling or flaking for the lifetime of the firearm.

 

NP3 cannot be applied to Titanium, Scandium or ‘pot metal’. Previously plated surfaces like nickel, hard chrome or anodizing must be stripped prior to plating.

NP3+®

NP3+® is a surface treatment for steel and metal alloys that combines sub-micron particles of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), otherwise known as Teflon, with electroless nickel.

NP3+® has all of the advatages of the the original NP3 listed above as well as almost 6x the Corrosion Resistance  of the Standard NP3 coating.
  • NP3+ has a micro hardness of 48-51 Rockwell as plated (nickel matrix).
  • NP3+ has a coefficient of friction as low as .07-.1 according to test standards LFW-1 and ASTM D-2714
  • NP3+ has PTFE also known as Teflon® co-deposited in the nickel matrix. As wear occurs new PTFE particles are exposed and the self lubricating properties continue.
  • NP3+ is easy to clean for the same reason that a pan with Teflon® is easy to clean. Teflon® is non-stick and easy to wipe down, therefore carbon does not adhere to the surface.
  • NP3+ Permits firing for longer periods of time between cleaning, as dirt and powder residue has no wet or oily surface to cling to.
  • NP3+ has great corrosion resistance, a 1 mil (.001) coating exceeding a 960 hour salt spray test. Ten times that of Nickel Boron.
  • NP3+ removes the need for lubrication on opposing surfaces.
  • NP3+ has a high lubricity and low friction co-efficient; therefore, the life expectancy of a firearm will be greatly increased due to reduced friction wear.
  • NP3+ plated onto stainless steel guns will prevent galling, a problem common with stainless steel.
  • NP3+ is a satin gray, non-reflective color ideal for all firearms.
  • NP3+ can be plated to all internal parts giving a smoothness to the action not found with any other coating.
  • NP3+ is guaranteed against corrosion, peeling or flaking for the lifetime of the firearm.

 

NP3+ cannot be applied to Titanium, Scandium or ‘pot metal’. Previously plated surfaces like nickel, hard chrome or anodizing must be stripped prior to plating.

Parkerizing

Parkerizing also known as phosphating 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, we offer Zinc Phosphate.

Parkerizing is commonly used on firearms as a more effective alternative to bluing, which is an earlier-developed chemical conversion coating. It is also used extensively on automobiles to protect unfinished metal parts from corrosion.

Parkerizing cannot be used on non-ferrous metals such as aluminium, brass, or copper. It similarly cannot be applied to steels containing a large amount of nickel, or on stainless steel. 


 

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