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Replating nickel Colt, caswell plug n plate?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by il_10, Oct 13, 2010.

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  1. il_10

    il_10 Member

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    I've got an old colt police positive special in Nickel, and the finish has seen better days. It's more or less there, but there are a couple spots where it's worn through. If I could fill those in, it would make the overall appearance of the gun a lot better, and keep rust off of those areas.
    I just found the plug n plate kit from caswell plating:
    http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/plugnplate.htm

    With this, would I be able to partially plate the marks and buff back down to a decent finish? It doesn't have to be perfect, just good enough for field use. Is this a viable option? Or is a complete nickel refinish my only option here? Could this kit be used to finish a gun entirely?

    The biggest reason I ask is that the full size tank kits run $200, and these are only $33 for the copper/nickel.
     
  2. Flame Red

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    My opinion is that life is too short to shoot an ugly gun. If it is a shooter and you like it I would not hesitate to have it professionally done. Colt does great work I am told. But I have used Ford's in Florida and they are fantastic. They have a long queue though, but their prices are reasonable. I think they do the best work of any I have used. There is also Bob Cogan of Accurate Plating and Weaponry in Alabama. He does a great job too, not quite as good as Ford's but excellent. His prices were a bit more, but usually his queue is a bit less.

    Every time I tried a do-it-yourself solution, I eventually ended up sending it out later anyway.
     
  3. russ69

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    For the best plating job, the gun will be stripped of the old plating, the gun will then be polished then re-plated. An over-plate job rarely is a good idea. You might ask Colt if they provide a re-plating service.

    Thanx, Russ
     
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