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    Senior Member Petamocto's Avatar
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    Has anyone coated a lever to go from black to gold/brass?

    Hello everyone,

    Has anyone coated a lever to look gold? I love the look of the gold Henry models, but I ended up buying the black/steel one because it was so much lighter and more nimble.



    However, I still really love the look of the gold ones and I regret mine not looking like this:



    I have seen some cerakote shops before, but their gold looks more like gold plastic or flat/matte, instead of that nice wet brass look that makes the from-the-factory gold Henry look sharp.

    If anyone knows of examples or knows ways to coat things to make it look like a classy retro lever as opposed to a gun that has been painted flat gold, I'd appreciate any advice, thank you.
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    You're looking to have it gold plated through and electroplating process. It's not something you can just spray on or dip at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmithden View Post
    You're looking to have it gold plated through and electroplating process. It's not something you can just spray on or dip at home.
    How do you electroplate just the outside? (not the inside)
    Removable paint the inside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeBob View Post
    How do you electroplate just the outside? (not the inside)
    Removable paint the inside?
    Plating is usually less than a ten thousandth of an inch thick. We're talking atomic thickness. If he were to take it into a plating shop, they would clean the whole thing down to absolute bare metal with acid baths, and then plate the whole thing. The additional thickness of material would have a negligible effect on the fit.
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    Unless you get it plated, it will just look painted.
    Buy another one with the brass finish for shooting on sundays.
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    So you could go the gold plated route that bsd is talking about. Option 2 is going for TiN coating. It won't be a polished gold look but it will be a metallic gold colour.
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    I like the way Dewey thinks: “Buy another one with the brass finish for shooting on sundays.”
    The added benefit is you will make a Liberal cry.
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    Sell or trade in the one you have for a brass one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTW View Post
    I like the way Dewey thinks: “Buy another one with the brass finish for shooting on sundays.”
    The added benefit is you will make a Liberal cry.
    By the time the gun is completely disassembled, reassembled and the plating shop takes their cut, it may be nearly as cost effective too. With lower odds of something going sideways somewhere in the middle.
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