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Getting flaking Nickle removed - any recommends?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Oyeboten, Sep 17, 2011.

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  1. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Member

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    I recently got an old Revolver which has badly flaking Nickle plating.

    The Steel underneath is fine, no rust pits overall smooth and nice.

    I would like to just get the Nickle Plating removed, and have it in plain steel.

    Can anyone recommend where to send it? Who does that kind of Work? And would do it without somehow screwing something up?


    Thanks!


    Oye
     
  2. aminyard

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    This is easy to do yourself, all you need is Brownells nickle remover, a 12 volt auto type battery (deep cycle if available) jumper cables and a strip of steel for the anode. It is easy to do and pretty quick.

    Good Luck
     
  3. AZ_Rebel

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    Any good refinishing shop can chemically strip nickel. Try www.robarguns.com for example.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    You will have to take very good care of the naked steel or it will rust.
    Is this a shooter you will have to keep slathered with Ezeox or a showpiece you can wax?
     
  5. Jim K

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    First, I strongly recommend the gun be disassembled before doing the nickel removal.

    Once the nickel is removed, the gun can be lightly polished and re-plated (rarely looks right unless done by an expert polisher), blued by hot tank, blued by rust blue, or coated using one of several paint processes. Due to the fine tolerances of those guns, I don't care too much for the paint; I recommend hot blue. Note that I didn't mention cold blue!

    Jim
     
  6. Oyeboten

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    Thanks you guys!


    This will not be a Carry Piece, but, just something to take out and have a little fun with once in a while, so, if it is 'In the White', that is fine, I already have a few that way, and never any problems...I just keep 'em Oiled up well, same as any other, and they get along fine.

    A 'Rust Blue' might be appealing though! I will keep that in mind.

    Revolver is likely pre-1898, or it'd be hard to find anyone to argue too hard otherwise, so, if I was to send it off to be de-plated, Postage should not be too bad.

    Or, I like the idea of doing it myself, using the Brownells product to de-plate it.

    It is an 'No Name' ( but Monogrammed Hard Rubber S&W-looking Stocks of "HO" or "OH" ) old Break Top in .44 WCF, a Spanish Copy of the large Frame 'DA' S&W of the day.

    I love worn Nickle, and even worn through Nickle, but Nickle which is flaking off all over, well, yuck...I'd rather have it in the White! This might well be an old Nickle job which was not Factory anyway, and, if so, at least it was done without any damage or doughyness or blurring from Buffing...so, that's good.


    I will stay with Black Powder Cartridges...and, shooting one Handed, holding it WAY out there, too...Lol...
     
  7. Jim Watson

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    OH = Orbea Hermanos, home of many and many a Spanish knockoff.
     
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