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Old April 19th, 2011, 20:49   #31
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Here's what I would do if I really wanted a shiny silver pistol.

I'd buy one as is, and then see how scuffed up it gets, how it gets you noticed in the bush and so on.

I went on a pistol quest that took about 2 years to complete to get a special one built for me. I don't regret the time, the cost or the result, but that was 2 years without that particular pistol. If you start this project you've got to be aware of how things can stretch out, otherwise you're selling it for half of you paid or less as a work in progress fixer.

I don't know how close to getting the age verified tag under your name you are but once you do have that you can scan the classifieds here for something that will either suit you, or that you can use till the project is done.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 21:24   #32
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Here's what I would do if I really wanted a shiny silver pistol.

I'd buy one as is, and then see how scuffed up it gets, how it gets you noticed in the bush and so on.

I went on a pistol quest that took about 2 years to complete to get a special one built for me. I don't regret the time, the cost or the result, but that was 2 years without that particular pistol. If you start this project you've got to be aware of how things can stretch out, otherwise you're selling it for half of you paid or less as a work in progress fixer.

I don't know how close to getting the age verified tag under your name you are but once you do have that you can scan the classifieds here for something that will either suit you, or that you can use till the project is done.
Well, I just want a shiny slide, I'm not sure if I can buy only the slide. But yeah if it's(chroming) a [easily scratched] mirror finish, I might just stick with the matte silver finish. Not like anybody can notice it from afar and it looks better w/o visible scratches close up.

Since KWA uses pot metal, I guess chroming it is out of the option. I'll either just buy the slide or paint over it.

p.s. Is sliver duracoat shiny or just a bright grey colour?

Edit: I got AV'd at the Toronto Convention, but it still hasn't past through the system
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Old April 21st, 2011, 12:42   #33
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Check out this thread -- scroll down a few pics to get to an XD that has a "stainless" duracoated slide.

Duracoat Pictures - Maryland Shooters

The guy who did those is also doing some X-FIVE parts for some of my projects (the KWC X-FIVE and X-FIVE open)



The metallic colors will not be shiny like a chrome plating, they look more like matte metallic finish. Better than a gray color but not a shiny finish.

You actually CAN chrome plate pot metal (you can even chrome plate plastics too) but the quality of the finished job depends partly on what you chrome--mostly on the person who is doing the stripping and dipping. Also items that flex, like plastic car trim that is chrome plated, allow the plating to eventually flake off.

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Old April 21st, 2011, 16:51   #34
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Have you tried their line of fusion paints?
I've used them, but they only work well on plastics, metal still scratches off or wears within a week. It sucks, but it's what's readily available to most.
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