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 Post subject: Removing Nickel Finish?
PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 7:40 am 
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Can an "after-market" nickel finish be safely removed to restore an old revolver to original condition? Randy

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I think it can be done with a reverse electroplate set up but you have to monitor it closely as once it is off it will start to remove the base metal

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 9:11 am 
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Hmmm, sounds costly. I was thinking out loud here. There is a Colt Lightning on the auction with an after-market nickel job, peeling and chipping off. It's affordable but ugly. Oh, well...........

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Well the reverse plating can be done with a bucket & a battery & some wires. Not really costly at all. You would need some electrolyte water solution to fill the bucket then a piece of donor metal for the nickel to adhere to.
Put the donor metal to the negative side of the power source (can even be a battery charger) & the piece to have the nickel removed of on the positive side. (remember electrons flow from + to -) Just keep a close eye on it & when the nickel is gone remove the item & give a good rinse with water/washing soda mix. You can try it out on a small scale with a lantern battery, a penny & a nickel. hook the penny to the - side & a nickel to the + side and you will see the plating removed from the nickel & plated onto the penny

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:23 am 
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Yep, the problem is getting the nickel off & leaving the base metal intact

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