Gold Plate ?

This is a discussion on Gold Plate ? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; an acquaintance of mine asked how he could go about getting his Smith & Wesson model 38 (Airweight Bodyguard) gold plated..Any Ideas ? S&W "Bodyguard ...

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    Question Gold Plate ?

    an acquaintance of mine asked how he could go about getting his Smith & Wesson model 38 (Airweight Bodyguard) gold plated..Any Ideas ?

    S&W "Bodyguard AirWeight" model 38 revolver of 1957. This gun was a modification of a basic Chief Special revolver with the main intention to hasten draw speed by making it more snag resistant. It was the same 5-shot, aluminium-frame, side-open cylinder revolver in .38 Spl, but it featured shrouded hammer with only a small tip of the hammer exposed. This allowed for manual cocking, which could improve accuracy, but prevented the hammer from snagging into clothes or other obstaces during the fast draw.
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    Not sure but - Gemini Custom?

    Others here will probably have more to input.
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    They sell kits for gold plating almost anything, google gold plating, a kit price can vary by how fancy of equipment you want.
    Steps.
    1. clean material to be plated.
    2. clean it again.
    3. attach alagator clip to object to be plated.
    4. dip aplacator in gold solution.
    5. rub on object to be placted, do even coats repeat untill desired finish is attained.
    always wear cotton gloves.
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    I thought gold plating a firearm was enough to ban somebody from the board
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    Post Gold Plating An Air~weight

    You cannot plate Gold directly on Aluminum.
    The firearm would need to have a coat of bright nickel plated on first as a base coat. Then...the gold will be plated on over the polished nickel substrate.

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    I beleive that a Gold Titanium Nitride finish would be much cheaper and much much more scratch resistant.

    Its the gold color that they put on toolbits such as lathe and milling cutters over the carbide to increase the wear ability.

    Its pretty cheap and is also used on guns and knives and comes in a variety of colors.

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    Hot Guns

    Hot Guns brings up a good point & he IS correct.
    High Karat Gold is a VERY soft finish.
    It cannot take a lot of daily use without getting easily scratched, rubbed, & abraded looking.
    It is mostly relegated to "Safe Queen" display type firearms & guns that will not see much "real world" use.
    TITANIUM NITRIDE GOLD is extremely tough.
    Not true gold but, Rich Gold in color & it can withstand all sorts of use and abuse.

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    Smile thank you QKShooter !

    I'll try to stear him towards the titanium nitride plating but I got the distinct impression he wanted it just for bragging rights
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    Thumbs up Gold Plate

    Gold plate for an average handgun is around $500.00...it's hard for some folks to justify spending almost the price of another handgun just to put a finish on one that they already own.

    One nice option (for a revolver) would be to just have the trigger...cylinder latch & hammer done in Gold Titanium Nitride. That would be a nice little custom touch without looking like it was too "much"

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    Question

    wonder how much it would cost to get my Colt Agent nickel plated ?
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    Gold plate on a gun....yikes. To each his/her own.
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    I once saw a Desert Eagle in gold plate. When I asked the store owner about it, he told me that particular one was not Titanium Nitrate, but a special order that the guy stiffed him on after putting down a deposit. It was so pimped. Now there is a DE in a gunstore nearby that is Ti N'd in a tiger stripe pattern. I can't decide which is worse...

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    "Vat time is it, its time to unpimp ze firearm"

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    LOL there is allways some crackhead out there that wants something like that , or if not the next sadam will ( i have seen a certin ak 47 lol )

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    Oh You Mean One Of These?

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