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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

    Jun 14, 2009
    Martinsville, VA
    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:

    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

    Flame Red Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    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

    russ69 Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    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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