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Thread: Would anyone want some gun parts nickel or zinc plated?

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    Would anyone want some gun parts nickel or zinc plated?

    I've spent the last few months learning how to electroplate and I've bought a kit for the whole professional set up. I've zinc plated a couple of friends rifle bolts and they were really happy with it and suggested I start charging people to do the same because there doesn't seem be a company in NZ doing it.

    It makes a lot of sense to plate gun parts since it's just as durable if not more so than cerakote and I can do it for less than 1/4 of the price of cerakote. Zincing is just galvanizing (stainless steel), and if you want gold or copper or nickel for the colour I can do a layer of zinc first to guarantee that rust proofing.


    I can do any steel part, bolts, barrels, triggers, hunting knives etc. I can plate right on top of blueing so there are multiple layers of protection, but plating is far more resistant to rust and corrosion than blueing so I doubt you'd ever wear down to the blued steel.

    I can also gold plate or chrome plate if you are in to that.

    What do you guys think? Just courier the part to me, I electrocoat it and courier it back.
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    What thickness range of plating can you achieve?
    Just wondering about tolerances etc

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    Any pics of completed work? Sounds interesting. Is it a cold process?

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    @Bol Tackshin I'd say cold as it is electro plating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spada View Post
    What thickness range of plating can you achieve?
    Just wondering about tolerances etc
    It's typically no thicker than 1 thou. Its therefore not as corrosion resistant as hot dip but that's typically 7 or more times thicker. Electroplate zinc is much smoother and can be coloured as well quite easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWuce View Post
    I've spent the last few months learning how to electroplate and I've bought a kit for the whole professional set up. I've zinc plated a couple of friends rifle bolts and they were really happy with it and suggested I start charging people to do the same because there doesn't seem be a company in NZ doing it.

    It makes a lot of sense to plate gun parts since it's just as durable if not more so than cerakote and I can do it for less than 1/4 of the price of cerakote. Zincing is just galvanizing (stainless steel), and if you want gold or copper or nickel for the colour I can do a layer of zinc first to guarantee that rust proofing.


    I can do any steel part, bolts, barrels, triggers, hunting knives etc. I can plate right on top of blueing so there are multiple layers of protection, but plating is far more resistant to rust and corrosion than blueing so I doubt you'd ever wear down to the blued steel.

    I can also gold plate or chrome plate if you are in to that.

    What do you guys think? Just courier the part to me, I electrocoat it and courier it back.
    Could you explain what you mean by this underlined statement? I know what galvanising is I just don't get the stainless part.

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    My neighbour has a business in Hamilton doing all manner of plating. There are a few around but probably room for more.


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