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My PS-90 is undergoing the process for a SBR conversion, and I've already had my name and city/state engraved by Ident Marking Services about 6 months ago or more. Waiting on my Form 1; it should come in in the next 1-2 months. Since then, I've been shooting it with the factory length barrel. It has less than 1000 rounds total down the barrel. There are no other modifications to the PS-90 or factory (FN) magazines I use.

So I was preparing to go to the range a few days ago, and noticed that the finish on the receiver near where the end of the magazine sits started to peel up! I picked at it for a moment (it was so loose it was just a matter of time), and the finish peeled off like it was a black sticker. The finish also appears to be peeling off in the area where the top of the distal end of the magazine sits.

Since my Form 1 is hopefully days-to-weeks from approval, who do you recommend I send my receiver to for repair/re-finishing? I'd like to get something a little more durable than what was present. I don't think that Ident Marking had to remove or re-finish this area when they engraved.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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The receiver was opened up in the US to fit the magazine after the first finish was applied. For some reason their touch-up paint never sticks, they all do it. Leave it or touch it up with flat black paint if it bothers you.
 

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So no big deal I suppose. A lot of people have had this issue? Seems like a quality control problem. If there's no issue with long-term durability, then I'm okay with flat black paint.
 

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When I had mine engraved it was silver underneath, if you buy aluminum bluing liquid it will turn it back to black. Give it a shot.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone! I think once my Form 1 comes in as approved I'll send my barrel off to Tros, and the receiver to a Cerakote shop. Maybe both will be done about the same time, and the finished product will be that much better!

I've got a SilencerCo Saker 5.56 that should be approved for transfer about 2 months after my PS90 SBR. The whole package should look really sharp once complete.
 

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Have it engraved before finish work is done.
 

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All back together now!!

So after about a 12 month wait for that old-style mail-in Form 1 with one correction back in October 2013, my Form 1 finally got approved about 3-4 weeks ago. I hacksawed that barrel off almost immediately and sent it to Mark McWillis at TROSUSA.com to be cut and crowned. As everyone on this board already knows, Mark does fantastic work and his turnaround time was excellent! 100% satisfied and highly recommended.

While my barrel was off to TROS, I found a local gunsmith in Chesapeake, VA area who does Cerakote applications. Jim Jones at J&L Gunsmithing stripped the factory finish off of the receiver, fixed the old engraving (the cause of that Form 1 correction back in Oct2013), and Cerakote'd the receiver, charging handle, and release button in a matte/flat black to closely match the factory finish. He was very attentive and also did a great job! If you're in the Hampton Roads area, look no further! I highly recommend.

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So just yesterday I picked up all the parts and put everything back together. PS90 with SBR barrel conversion by TROS, engraved and Cerakote'd by J&L Gunsmithing, a TROS ultra-low optic mount, and an Aimpoint Pro Patrol optic. It looks great! I can't wait to take it to the range.

And finally, albeit temporarily, my SWR Spectre (original upgraded to Spectre II) screws right onto the barrel adapter by TROS.

Next step will be my SilencerCo Saker 5.56 that's still in old-style Form 4 jail (and has been for the past 9 months or so).... Pics to follow [some day!].
 

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Wow!!! That finish looks factory to me!!!

Awesome!!!
 

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So after about a 12 month wait for that old-style mail-in Form 1 with one correction back in October 2013, my Form 1 finally got approved about 3-4 weeks ago. I hacksawed that barrel off almost immediately and sent it to Mark McWillis at TROSUSA.com to be cut and crowned. As everyone on this board already knows, Mark does fantastic work and his turnaround time was excellent! 100% satisfied and highly recommended.

While my barrel was off to TROS, I found a local gunsmith in Chesapeake, VA area who does Cerakote applications. Jim Jones at J&L Gunsmithing stripped the factory finish off of the receiver, fixed the old engraving (the cause of that Form 1 correction back in Oct2013), and Cerakote'd the receiver, charging handle, and release button in a matte/flat black to closely match the factory finish. He was very attentive and also did a great job! If you're in the Hampton Roads area, look no further! I highly recommend.

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So just yesterday I picked up all the parts and put everything back together. PS90 with SBR barrel conversion by TROS, engraved and Cerakote'd by J&L Gunsmithing, a TROS ultra-low optic mount, and an Aimpoint Pro Patrol optic. It looks great! I can't wait to take it to the range.

And finally, albeit temporarily, my SWR Spectre (original upgraded to Spectre II) screws right onto the barrel adapter by TROS.

Next step will be my SilencerCo Saker 5.56 that's still in old-style Form 4 jail (and has been for the past 9 months or so).... Pics to follow [some day!].
Hmmm....looks like I can now get my SBR lower Cerakoted locally instead of sending it off.

What was his turnaround time for cerakoting your PS90?

Also, you said - "fix engraving". Does he do engraving on firearms?

Highly interested, as I don't like sending my stuff off through the mail.
 

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Turnaround time for the re-engraving and Cerakoting was about 3 weeks. A good many months ago while my Form 1 was still pending, I sent the upper off for laser engraving. Had the same thing engraved that was approved on a prior Form 1 for a SBR AR-15, "Firstname Lastname Trust, Phialdelphia, PA". That's what I put on my PS90 Form 1, which was returned for correction as I am suppose to engrave "Firstname Lastname Revocable Living Trust, Philadelphia, PA". Since my factory finish was peeling off and I wanted that corrected, I asked about a slight grind-down of the initial engraving and then re-engraving the correct info. It's not visible on my pics because I blurred it out (my SN also). J&L Gunsmithing took care of it all locally. He's a busy guy, so I didn't mind waiting for the local quality work. I also didn't want to mail my upper out. I imagine he'll engrave anything you need done.

Good luck!

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I have read on forums (but not found ATF confirmation) that you can just engrave "Firstname Lastname RLT, City, State". Is that correct? (and if so, anybody have a link to some ATF proof?)

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It appears that "recognized abbreviations" were deemed acceptable in the 2005 version of ATF rule (Page 92):
https://www.atf.gov/files/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-4.pdf

Your name (or recog-

nized abbreviation) and also,
when applicable, the name of
the foreign manufacturer or
maker;
 

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I thought I did the research a few years ago and found that "Firstname Lastname Trust, City, State" would work, and it did for me at least that one time. But for my PS90, with my Form 1 originally pending as of 22May2013, was returned in Oct2013 with the following reason:

"Incomplete transferee / applicant's information, see highlighted section(s).
Full trust name, city and state; only state can be abbreviated in box 4h."

If it makes any difference, my corrected Form 1 was approved by Daniel A Parasky on 28Jan2014.
 
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