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Old April 2, 2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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You can chrome plate plastic

Per modern marvels the automobile industry has done it for years for parts like molding, emblems,grills etc.

So how long before they de-fugly a glock or ruger revolver frame?
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Old April 2, 2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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You really think a chroming a glock would improve it's looks?
I would disagree.
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Old April 2, 2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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Old April 2, 2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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A chrome plated Glock Don't know how that would be considered "de-fugly" of anything!
I guess it could be even worse, wonder If I can get the frame of my Hi-Point C9 chromed
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Old April 2, 2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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You really think a chroming a glock would improve it's looks?
I would disagree.
Reminds me when Classic Arms was selling chromed AK47's.....boy them things were FUGLY!
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Old April 2, 2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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yes the auto industry has done it for years, and its been bubbling up and peeling off in the sun for just as long. chrome plated plastic aint worth a !@#$
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Old April 2, 2013, 09:47 PM   #7
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Reminds me when Classic Arms was selling chromed AK47's.....boy them things were FUGLY!
I didn't like them either. By the way they used to chrome guns in batch's at CA. I love my chromed CZ52 they did, although they ripped my off on charging me, long story, and they are owned by someone else now. But I'll take part of the blame on that one.
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Old April 2, 2013, 10:06 PM   #8
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Re: You can chrome plate plastic

Shiny guns get you shot
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Old April 2, 2013, 11:35 PM   #9
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"Shiny guns get you shot."

...only if you're a ninja.
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Old April 2, 2013, 11:42 PM   #10
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Old April 3, 2013, 12:50 AM   #11
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You really think a chroming a glock would improve it's looks?
I would disagree.
lmao...litterally woke the kids

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Per modern marvels the automobile industry has done it for years for parts like molding, emblems,grills etc.
just bedazzle it for crying out loud!
that way when it pops off like chrome off those plastic grills you can just pop on another plastic ruby and keep rolling.

Then imagine how you would find someone to re-chrome your plastic gun!
Bedazzle and be-done i say!
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Old April 3, 2013, 01:00 AM   #12
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It'll give new meaning to Tommy Lee Jones quote in US Marshalls...

"Get yourself a Glock and lose that nickel plated sissy pistol."
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Old April 3, 2013, 04:15 AM   #13
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You can electroplate chromium on something like steel but on plastic you would use vapor deposition.
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Old April 3, 2013, 04:32 AM   #14
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Plating Plastic

I work in the plastics industry. There are some grades of plastic that are electroplatable but the majority are not. I'm not aware of any polymer gun components that are molded in the platable grades of plastic. Most gun components are molded in nylon based polymers. PVD or physical vapor disposition is another means to plate plastics but there are limited materials for that process as well. There are more materials that can have a vacuum metalize process on them. Most people don't realize that there are currrently over 80,000 commercially available grades of plastic.
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Old April 3, 2013, 01:15 PM   #15
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Here's how it's done:
The plastic is painted with a paint containing conductive metal (silver or copper.) then the conductive paint is plated with a copper underplate. At this point, the plastic can be plated with the metal of your choice.
It's like bronzing baby shoes.
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Old April 3, 2013, 06:18 PM   #16
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The process descibed in the show was acid first, then nickel, then chrome.
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Old April 3, 2013, 06:22 PM   #17
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It's an airsoft replica but there you go.

I like shiny guns and all, but chromed plastic...on a Glock? No thanks.
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Old April 3, 2013, 08:10 PM   #18
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Oh my eyes, my eyes, put that thing way your gonna burn out a retina!

And to think i thought i owned the ugliest gun!
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Old April 3, 2013, 08:12 PM   #19
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So how long before they de-fugly a glock or ruger revolver frame?
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Old April 3, 2013, 08:13 PM   #20
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Just because you can, doesnt mean you should.....
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Old April 3, 2013, 08:22 PM   #21
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I like my guns blue. My concealed carry piece is a polished stainless J-frame, but the key word is "concealed".

Chrome plating one of the little polymer revolvers is a kind of disturbing thought.
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Old April 3, 2013, 08:56 PM   #22
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There are two types of chrome plating.

Decorative chrome plating is for looks and can be done on a variety of materials. It generally involves applying a layer of nickel first. It generally won't stand up to a lot of heavy wear.

Chrome plating for durability under hard wear conditions and for corrosion resistance is called hard chrome or industrial chrome plating. I doubt that plastics can be hard chrome plated.
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Old April 3, 2013, 09:34 PM   #23
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Vacuum metalizing is probably the best method of plating plastic.
This is usually done with aluminum, not chrome. The aluminum is then polished and clear coated for a chrome like finish.
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Old April 3, 2013, 10:22 PM   #24
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Works on fiberglass:

Cu- Posit

Palladium catalyst

.... don't know about plastic. (ahem, excuse me, polymer )
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Old April 4, 2013, 06:33 AM   #25
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I'll just say it, "you can't chrome plastic".
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