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How to...denickle?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Longbow, May 19, 2003.

  1. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    I just bought an S&W revolver w/ a nickle finish at the show. The nickel finish is pretty bad (chipped) but the rifling is pretty good. I'm wondering is there an easy way to remove the nickel finish? I only paid $95 for it so I don't wanna spend more than what I paid for the gun. I want to use it as a plinking/trail/hiking/camping gun, in other words,..a beater!
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

  3. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    You should probably identify it first. Then talk to a metal refinisher.
  4. Riss

    Riss Well-Known Member

    try caswell plating. I know they have the stuff to do that. Also many other metal finishing chemicals. Place my order for some black oxide stuff tomorrow. www.caswellplating.com
  5. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    A metal plating shop can reverse the plating process. This is better than chemicals that can eat areas where you don't want them nibbling.

    You will still have to polish the gun and reblue or re-plate. In about any case, the investment won't be worth it.

    IMHO, for what you want, why bother? You aren't going to enter it in a beauty contest, so if it works, who cares what it looks like?

  6. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    Yeah, you're right. I'll just leave it as it is. Thanks to all!

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