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Hard Chrome still the ultimate finish?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by springwalk, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. springwalk

    springwalk Well-Known Member

    Is Hard Chrome still the most durable finish for a pistol? What company do you advise to treat ones handgun with the ultimate finish? Who to avoid? Do they finish everything including barrel inside and out? Springs too? Is $300 about common price? thanks
  2. Tony50ae

    Tony50ae Well-Known Member

    Hard chrome is a tough finish but Titaniuim nitride is actually tougher. It is the same stuff they coat on some drill bits to make them last longer. Unfortunately it is a goldish color. But its supposed to be very tough. As far as what you would get chromed, Usually only the frame and outside of the barrel are done. Not sure about springs, but probably not. Can't tell you what company to use but am sure others here will.
  3. springwalk

    springwalk Well-Known Member

    so who does titanium nitrate?
  4. Zoogster

    Zoogster Well-Known Member

    Titanium Nitride.

    Drug cartels, Saddam and associates...

    Do you really want a gold gun?
  5. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Well-Known Member

    "Do you really want a gold gun."

    Hey, I'd like to show it off to the homies!!
  6. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    What about Robar's NP3 treatment? Supposed to be pretty tough too.
  7. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

  8. DasFriek

    DasFriek Well-Known Member

    Black IonBond DLC i do believe may be one of the best finishes.
    Several places do this finish or they send them all the the same place im not sure as it seems to be a complex procedure.
    Click on finishes on the left hand side:

  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Here's one of Bob Cogan's jobs, done through Alpha Precision. It's an extremely durable, hard, tough and slick finish. Yes, all the internal parts should be done, except the springs.

  10. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus Well-Known Member

    Nice Ruger Craig.

    I just buy em stainless to begin with.....
  11. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Well-Known Member

    I had my Vaquero hard chromed. I'm wish'n I'd had the cylinder ceracoated in black.
  12. purist

    purist Member

    try cerakote

    It's a ceramic coating that is available in various colors. I just had a Colt 1991A1 commander done in black and it's beautiful.

    It appears to be very wear resistant, but I can't testify to that as the coating is only a week old.

    I had mine done at Liberty Coating in CT. It wasn't the fastest turnaround, but he did an excellent job.

  13. DirtyHarry31

    DirtyHarry31 Well-Known Member

    Robar had specials going on over the end of summer by knocking 20% off the price. Got my grade A P7 PSP done with all internal parts & (1) mag (springs don't get plated). Costs with shipping there & back came to $387. Limited Lifetime warrantee. Did a great job. Looks like it's Titanium. After 250 rounds they say you do not have to lube it anymore. Looks great with wood grips. This is my carry piece for when I head to the city. It took 5 weeks to get my gun back. I would reccomend Robar.
  14. springwalk

    springwalk Well-Known Member

    dirtyharry, thats what I seek to get my 1980 PSP P7 finished. Did they know how to take it apart or is that task on us? Does he do the barrel inside and out or just outside?
  15. Topcat

    Topcat Well-Known Member

    You know what Patton said about chrome pistols?
  16. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Hard Chrome is more scratch resistant than the stainless steel used in most handguns

    NP3 isn't Hard Chrome, it is electroless nickle with a teflon component...it is easier to apply, but isn't has hard

    Are you referring to his famous quote when asked about his pearl handled pistols?...they were ivory handled
  17. RevolvingGarbage

    RevolvingGarbage Well-Known Member

    What exactly did Patton say about chrome pistols?

    He did carry a silver plated SAA after all, and shiney silver doesn't look all that different from chrome...
  18. Topcat

    Topcat Well-Known Member

    Patton carried a NICKLE plated pistol. He said "only a pimp from a New Orleans whore house," would carry a chrome pistol.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  19. springwalk

    springwalk Well-Known Member

    I dont care what anyone says about durabilty. Its usually their own justification in what they have. I wanna finish that endures hardship:D.
  20. RevolvingGarbage

    RevolvingGarbage Well-Known Member

    That quote was referring to a reporter asking him if his guns had pearl handles when they were infact ivory, not about chrome or nickle or anything about the guns finish.

    Secondly, I'm almost certain his SAA was silver plated.

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