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Old 03-09-2012, 01:04 AM   #1
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I just purchesed a 1911. It is beat up a bit. looks to have a bad chrome job done on it. can not make much out on the make numbers or anything else for that matter. lol all i can make out is united states property on the right side just under the slide. Anyway I would like to refinish it. strip the chrome and make it black. Is this possible or even feasiable? And I would like to try this myself. Any comments or concerns?

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
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its possible. however you have to know what sort finish you got. not all chrome is the same and may not be chrome at all.

once you figure out what you got just google "chrome removal -google"

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i would be doing some resurch before i even thought of doing anything other than a good cleaning

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A lot of the chrome finishes are electro-plated and may be stripped by reversing the polarity. I am not a metal plating specialist so don't quote me on it. Find an industrial plater in your area. They will probably have some good answers. I have one here that does a lot of plating for oil field stuff. He is good. He can electro plate, hard chrome, electroless nickle (satin nickle) and parkerize.

I would consider something like Dura coat or Cera coat. They will provide a tough finish for low $

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A trip through the bead blaster would be sufficiant to remove the chrome plating that's on it. Use a fine grade of aluminum oxide or even glass beads.. Afterwards you can apply a finish such as the one that Robo suggested..

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Thanks for the info fellows

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Not to seem condescending, but are you sure it's chrome? I'd think that nickel plating would be more likely. They are quite similar in appearance.

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No, it was chromed. Can't hardly even see the markings let alone the #'s on it. Besides I have two nickel .40 Cal and it is much different. Could be wrong but either way I would like to make it black. Love the gun hate the chrome. Even have my .40 Cal's sold because I'm done with pretty. Lolo

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"Chrome" is Nickle chrome. The same thing. The problem is Nickle does not stick to steel. It must be copper plated first then chromed.

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Nickel adheres just fine to steel, and does not need a copper underplate.. Chrome is not nickel.
Most chromed firearms have a nickel underplate. Hydrochloric acid will strip the chrome, but leave the nickel.
Your best bet is to find a commercial plater who can tell you what you have, and remove it for you. It's not a job for an amateur.

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