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This is the last thing I thought would happen to such a nice pistol. My VP9's chamber indicator is starting to turn all red. Like the black paint is coming right off. I figured this would never happen to a great pistol like this and heck, I take care of all my weapons really well too. I never use harsh chemicals so I have no idea why this would be happening. I did take a picture. Maybe I should replace that whole black piece if I'm able to get it.  I took a picture and you will see what I'm talking about. Isn't there some kind of special blue/black paint I can use? I do have a small can of that special paint called aluminum black. Some kind of touch up paint I never used. Still sealed in the bottle. Anyone recommend I use that aluminum black on this piece of metal?

 

 

 

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Is it peeling? or something growing on it?

Honestly, would just leave it as it is... no reason to paint it as if it gets in the wrong space... can impede the function of it.

If it really bothers you... contact HK, I am sure they can send out a new one. 

Also, how do you store the gun?  Is it foam case around?  If it is oxidation/rust... very common for north east for guns kept in box, in safe, in basement... without dehumidifier.

My Springfield XD was sent in to Springfield for a brand new refinish when the first gens had huge rust issues.   That is almost what it looks like with the extractor.

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replace the extractor for finish wear?

no

you need to run a few courses or matches with it, get some good holster wear on it! thatll make it prettier! :laugh:

seriously, wear tells a story

but i also think BFPU is cool, but being used hard enough to look like that by you is cooler

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I was not aware H&K was known for that. I do believe that a nice wear and tear gives each piece its own special look. Figured since this was a top and very popular piece H&K would use better paint on their gear. Specially for what you pay for a 9mm. I love the gun, it is one of the most comfortable pieces I own and fits in my hand like a glove.

Thanks for the suggestions, in the end I'm just going to keep it the way it is. Just like my AR's, scratched up and beat up a little bit. Gives them a unique look.  :)

 

 

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4 hours ago, diamondd817 said:

Just buy a new extractor. Or send the extractor out to be refinished, maybe NP3'd. You can probably find custom finished extractors on ebay.  Regular paint won't work.

If memory serves NP3 would not be a suitable solution for an extractor. There are embrittlement issues with small parts. Function first.

 

 

The extractor is heat treated to a hardness that works best. How it looks after use is not really part of the equation. This is a bit like being concerned your tank got a scratch on it. If you want an heirloom or gun art, look at something like a Cabot or Heirloom precision.

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9 minutes ago, Shane45 said:

If memory serves NP3 would not be a suitable solution for an extractor. There are embrittlement issues with small parts. Function first.

 

 

The extractor is heat treated to a hardness that works best. How it looks after use is not really part of the equation. This is a bit like being concerned your tank got a scratch on it. If you want an heirloom or gun art, look at something like a Cabot or Heirloom precision.

People have entire guns NP3'd including extractors, with no issues. NP3 is just one option of many that I just threw out there. 

Here's another option. Pull the extractor out and polish it.

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On 1/5/2019 at 4:54 PM, Bklynracer said:

Favorites are the VP9 and my Berretta 92. Totally different but Enjoy both.

I have both and love them each for their distinct qualities. It has been a while I fired my 92 though. I have the INOX model.

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