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    Any way to remove Nickel plate

    I traded for a 1911 goverment model the ser# C 72507,it's been nickel plated along with the National Match slide that someone had taken the NM sights off and put standard military sights on, I have the sight to put back on it. just wish i had the 1911 slide. it has the 3rd model NM slide. semper fi

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    The least potentially damaging method is to have a company experienced in plating guns to DE-plate the gun.

    First, they'll determine exactly what the finish is, then they basically reverse the plating process, which removes the plating.

    There are other, chemical methods but some are not 100% effective, and some can etch the steel, leaving finish.

    Some people try bead blasting, but like some chemical strippers this will often not remove 100% of the plating.
    This isn't apparent until you try to apply another finish like bluing or parkerizing.
    Only then, the tiny specks of remaining plating make the metal like it has tiny white freckles scattered over the surface and in areas where the plating wasn't touched.

    Best advice, have a FIREARMS plating specialist like Ford's strip it for you. They can also apply whatever type of re-finish you want.

    Your local motorcycle shop will likely ruin the parts.

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    Gentlemen,

    Without trying to steal this thread I, too, have a question about removal of nickle plating.

    In my most recent posting (here: Interesting local finds - advice & info needed ) I related coming across an uncommon piece: a 1912 New Service Target, Improved Model in .44 Russian that had been plated. As noted there, it had been poorly prepared with at least some of the barrel's rollmarks heavily obscured if not obliterated. With all that, I am still intrigued by the thought of removing the plating and then rebluing the revolver. Realistically, though, what kind of result could I expect (recognizing that it will always suffer from the heavy buffing in its past) and what kind of dollars would I be looking at? And, of course, ultimately does the end justify the means?

    Thanks, and best regards.

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    A professional gun refinishing service can totally remove the plating and blue the Colt.
    They can't do a lot about the over-polishing that's already been done, but you'd be surprised just how good it can look.

    Where to have it done? Stick with the top services. They've been in business for many years, and their people spend 8 hours a day doing guns, not motorcycle parts.

    I'd suggest actually talking with them about the job, and they can give you a firm price.
    Price depends on the level of polish you want. The higher the polish, the higher the cost.

    http://www.fordsguns.com/

    http://www.apwcogan.com/Greetings.htm

    http://www.rebelgunrefinishing.com/

    http://www.elitecustomguns.com/

    Ford's and Cogan have the best reputations.

    As to justification? That's purely a personal call.
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    dfariswheel,

    Thanks for taking the time to provide the info and recommendations. I'll make the call to at least satisfy my curiosity.

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    I have had Fords de-plate and renickel a cylinder for me. It was excellent. I also believe that Fords standard blue is a bit more like older Colt finishes, but of course, I would never claim it was exact. The actual blue you want should be a factor in your choice. I know Cogan is excellent also, but he moved from Florida so there is shipping for me.

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    nickel plated

    Dfariswheel ,sorry i didn't get back to you before now , put the NM sight on it the nickel kind of like it
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    Removing Nickel Plating

    I have a custom built .22 LR rifle that was once electoless nickel plated by someone who didn't know better. I had Heritage Gunsmiths in Centerburg (Ohio) remove the plating, reblue the barrelled action and recut the engraving. It wasn't cheap, but they did a wonderful job.

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