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Hard Chrome still the ultimate finish?

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

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  1. springwalk

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    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
     
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    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

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    so who does titanium nitrate?
     
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    Titanium Nitride.

    Drug cartels, Saddam and associates...



    Do you really want a gold gun?
    :neener:
     
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    "Do you really want a gold gun."

    Hey, I'd like to show it off to the homies!!
     
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    What about Robar's NP3 treatment? Supposed to be pretty tough too.
     
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    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:
    http://www.harrisoncustom.com/FAQ.aspx

     
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    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.

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    Nice Ruger Craig.

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

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

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    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.

    Henry
     
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    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

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    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?
     
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    You know what Patton said about chrome pistols?
     
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    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
     
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    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...
     
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    Patton carried a NICKLE plated pistol. He said "only a pimp from a New Orleans whore house," would carry a chrome pistol.
     
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    I dont care what anyone says about durabilty. Its usually their own justification in what they have. I wanna finish that endures hardship:D.
     
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    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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    Patton would have embraced hard chrome as he was tough as nails.
     
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    yes.


    that's why you don't see bores being lined with anything else. ;)
     
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    Patton said "only a pimp from a New Orleans whorehouse would carry a PEARL-HANDLED pistol." Not chrome, nickel, stainless steel or any other shiny finish.

    The quote most associated with shiny guns is "get rid of that nickel-plated sissy pistol and get yourself a Glock."

    Now, back on topic...

    I don't know how Durable it is, but DuraCoat gets good reviews and you can do it yourself.
     
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    Patton's comment was about pearl grips, nothing to do with chrome.

    Industrial hard chrome is not to be confused with decorative automotive chrome. The difference is night and day. It is a 100% viable finish for quality firearms and is no more "pimp" than nickel or stainless steel. Some folks just need to get their facts straight.
     
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