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Old December 9, 2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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S&W Aluminum Cylinder Coating

Hey all,

I have a S&W m17 with the aluminum cylinder. The gun is in great mechanical shape, but the bluing is wearing, making the cylinder look darker than much of the gun, and the cylinder is showing some slight chipping as well.

I've been thinking about resurfacing. I don't see how the color of the cylinder will match if I get the gun reblued. I was thinking about either getting the whole thing chrome or nickle plated, or maybe just the cylinder with a reblue of the rest of the gun--if I'm going to have a two tone revolver, I'd rather have a shinny cylinder and a blue frame than two mismatched blues.

Anyway, the question is, can an aluminimum cylinder be chrome or nickle plated with long lasting results?

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