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greetings , has anyone had any experience removing rust from factory chrome plated revolvers, yes the colt does have a factory chrome plate , not nickel, please post a relp or email me direct , thank-you rj
 

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The short answer is, you can't.

The problem is, nickel and chrome are actually layers on top of the metal, sort of like paint on wood.

Just like paint, the layers can crack, chip, and peel. In addition, since these are layers, moisture can work it's way under the plating, rusting the steel beneath the plated layers.

That's why you see old car bumpers and old guns with the plating flaking, peeling, and bubbling up, with rust UNDER the plating.

In your case, the rust is under the plating too, not just in the visible areas.

Short of a refinish, there just isn't any way to stop the corrosion, and like rust on bare metal, you can't really remove the corrosion, since rust actually causes pits in the steel.

The only way to remove these pits is to grind and polish the entire area until enough metal is removed to reach the bottom of the pits.

This is one hazard of standard decorative plating.
It does provide better protection to metal, and looks nice, but when the finish does begin to fail, there's nothing much that can be done.
 
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