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Old 02-18-2004, 12:39 PM
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Powder Coating - Tecnical but not auto related

I'm not real familiar with the powder coating process, but I have this nickel plated handgun, and I can't stand the plating because it fades and different parts change to different shades of silver. I was wondering if the nickle plated parts could be powder coated to black or camo? (NOT THE BARREL OF COURSE!). Its not a "shiny" chrome plating either, and the weapon is a semi-auto pistol. Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but if its possible, I'd like to get it done.

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Old 02-18-2004, 03:25 PM
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I have an inexpensive powdercoating kit from eastwood, and I've gotten some spectacular results with it. I have done a wide variety of car parts with it. I do not think that it would be a good choice for your handgun. It goes on thicker than paint, and would make re-assembling the weapon tough. (it couldn't be powdercoated as one piece either)
I would suggest either having the nickel redone, or the piece can be electro-chemically stripped of it's plating and blued.
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Old 02-19-2004, 06:55 AM
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Yea I was thinking about that. I was thinking about doing only the slide on the outside, since it is the biggest and most visible part. And because you use it the most, it discolors the most. The only contact points I can think of worrying about would be on the inside of the slide, and I was hoping that the powder coating stuff can be controlled as to where it will go, so it can avoid the inside altogether. The other thing is, can powder coating hold up to heat and the flash? I guess the whole idea I had was that powder coating might be a more durable outer finish. I could be way off base.
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