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I seem to remember a way that was popular in the early 50's using some kind of over the counter substance to remove plating from guns. I think it was Drano, the kind with metal pieces in it which isn't available anymore. Does anyone remember this?
 

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I don't know about that, but I imagine that it would be really hard on the steel, possibly causing major damage.

Brownell's sell a chemical nickel stripper.
 

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I don't know about that, but I imagine that it would be really hard on the steel, possibly causing major damage.

Brownell's sell a chemical nickel stripper.
Drano, who's major ingredient is lye, does not harm steel. That's why you can pour it down a drain. It dissolves organic materials, which is why you shouldn't get it on your skin. It may corrode aluminum, I'm not sure tho. Ammonia will corrode non ferrous metals.
 

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You can still get plain old lye at hardware stores for drain cleaning.

But even if you do get the plating off somehow you may be left with a rough finish the plater used to assure adherence.

This is a job I'd leave to the experts as it has the potential for making an ugly gun even uglier.
 

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Thanks for the info but just to remove the plating from a pistol barrel isn't worth the postage to send it away, I guess I'll just live with it. Thanks to all who responded
 

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I've removed chrome plating using the electrolytic method. It involves a car battery, salt water as the electrolyte, a piece of copper for the sacrificial and two leads from the battery. The chrome plating migrates off from a positive charge to negative-into solution. The rate varies depending on how close you put the two metals. There was a lot of foaming. When done, the bare metal (pistol frame) was pretty ugly and pitted- chrome covers many flaws.
 
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