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Old 11-11-2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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Any one know how I can Nickel plate a gun? is it something i can do at home and for how much? what do i need to do all of this? is there like a solution or something that i put on the gun? I am really curious on how to do this because i would really like to nickle plate and old 870 bolt and maybe the whole gun itself



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Old 11-12-2010, 03:35 AM   #2
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Default don't know you would want to do this at home

I have only seen the plating process on "How they do it " but the acids and metals in tubs and electrodes and special ventilation and so an and so forth....Looks very simple on the surface, simple process that is tried and true, but maybe better left to the pro's.

I would guess, mind you, that the cost for the chemicals would out weigh the cost of having one gun done at a platting Co. Not saying it can't be done, and I would also be interested if others have done this in the back yard.



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The set up to do any kind of plating would be pretty dang huge. It's not liek bluing or even parkerizing a weapon. Beyond any chemicals you need a substantial amount of electricity. The cost much outweighs any benefit you get from doing it yourself.

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True electro plating adds thickness to metal. Not much, but measurable. Now, think about any parts that have crtical dimensions and clearances. Will they still fit? What I can recall of older nickeled guns, the steel was copper plated, and the copper plating was then nickel plated.

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True electro plating adds thickness to metal. Not much, but measurable. Now, think about any parts that have crtical dimensions and clearances. Will they still fit? What I can recall of older nickeled guns, the steel was copper plated, and the copper plating was then nickel plated.
....Which is why you should never let any type of copper cleaning solvent (Hoppe's #9, Bench Rest #9, et al.) sit on a nickel plated gun for an extended amount of time. Any scratches or worn areas in the nickel plating can provide a path for the solvent to get to, and eat away at the underlying copper layer which results in the nickel peeling away from the gun.
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Bright nickel will not stick to steel. The gun is first copper plated and then nickel plated, true.

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Brownells - Electroless Nickel Plating

Mahovshy's Metalife

Caswell Inc.

Micro_Mark plating and etching

Bluing and plating are easier, safer, and cheaper than some of you seem to think. Besides the links above, search for "rust bluing" and "potassium nitride bluing".
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Bright nickel will adhere just fine to steel. No major gun manufacturer uses a copper underplate on their nickeled guns.
Electroplating requires low voltage, generally 12 volts DC, or less.
Electroless nickel requires no voltage.
Plating, itself, is a very simple process. The metal prep required requires quite a bit of skill and experience.



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