Bright chrome vs. bright nickel

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by PeteZaHut, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. PeteZaHut

    PeteZaHut New Member

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    any significant difference?
     
  2. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    Bling is bling (IMO)
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Firearms were nickelplated in the first half of the 20th century as a means of preventing rust. Some was a shiny as a mirror, some matte. The gun would be copper plated, and then (so the nickel had something to stick to) nickelplated.

    Only guns I have seen that were truly chrome plated were the ones that someone took to the local bumper shop for plating. Once in a while, would see war trophy Lugers (SOB!!!) that had that treatment.

    Over time, chrome tends to yellow a bit, and when plated directly to steel, will exfoliate (peel).

    Electroless nickel or "black nickel" in a different process, intended to protect from rust.
     
  4. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Member

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    Chrome is harder than nickel.
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Copper plating and chemicals to remove copper from the barrel do not play well together.
    (food for thought)
     
  6. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    This is a Python in "bright stainless" finish.

    If y'all think this is "blingy," so be it. I like it quite a bit.

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  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I like that Lon. Beautiful!
    (I'm talking about your avatar, but I like the gun, too)
     
  8. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Well, I had to get your attention somehow, Dan!
     
  9. BillDeShivs

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    Properly applied, neither nickel or chrome require a copper underplate. Colt and S7W never used copper on their nickel guns.
     
  10. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    Not blingy....Very nice looking Python.
     
  11. TheOldMan

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    Colt Python with a high polish Royal Blue finish... Nothing prettier (IMO)...

    All that other stuff is just hollywood fluff (sorry... ) Again, just my opinion, there are only two places for chrome.. Barrel linings and car parts:D
     
  12. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Exactly an old man's point of view! ;)

    Colt's Bright Stainless finish is way different than the chrome on your bumper!
     
  13. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    That python is sexy.