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Old 12-22-2012, 08:50 PM #1
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True Gold Marker

I want a real GOLD marker. I have a gold CSL and a gold Luxe 2.0 but its not really what I want. I want a real dipped in gold so shiny you can see your reflection finish. Is it possible to get a gun dipped?
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:20 PM #2
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sounds liek alot of money
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:22 PM #3
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This guy had a gold plated shocker so it must be possible if you want to pay enough.

http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?t=2906356
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:23 PM #4
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It wouldn't be dipping if you wanted real gold, you'd be looking at electroplating gold onto the marker. It'd be a thicker finish as you need to copper plate aluminum, then nickel plate it, then gold plate it. Caswell electroplating has a forum that might be helpful.

http://forum.caswellplating.com/elec...um-casing.html
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:27 PM #5
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Polishing your gun before the anno would give it a shinnier finish
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:41 PM #6
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William shatner had/has a gold marker
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:41 AM #7
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I am friends with the family that runs Hiles plating. I am pretty sure they can do it, and they run a nationwide business.
http://www.hilesplating.com/services.htm
I have seen them gold plate some pretty interesting stuff and it seemed durable. I wonder if you need to get a clear coat over it, and I am not sure they do that. Gold plating and polishing is a labor and knowledge intensive process. I think the labor tends to cost more than the trace amount of gold.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:15 AM #8
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Why on earth would you want to spend your hard-earned cash that way......
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:47 AM #9
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I am friends with the family that runs Hiles plating. I am pretty sure they can do it, and they run a nationwide business.
http://www.hilesplating.com/services.htm
I have seen them gold plate some pretty interesting stuff and it seemed durable. I wonder if you need to get a clear coat over it, and I am not sure they do that. Gold plating and polishing is a labor and knowledge intensive process. I think the labor tends to cost more than the trace amount of gold.

Can you ask them for me? If that is something they would be willing to try? I'm somewhat concerned about how to keep threads and things protected for the reassembly of the marker.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:34 AM #10
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Good point on the threads. PMed.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:56 AM #11
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The problem with durability isn't with the gold, it's with the plating underneath. The gold is going to stick fine to the nickel but you normally don't see many nickel guns parts that look that great after years of use.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:55 PM #12
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Palmers did a Typhoon in gold plate over nickel for their 1500th Typhoon. from the photos I've seen it came out really well, unfortunately I never got to see it in person.

the Typhoons all start as brass though so the nickel plate sticks to it much better than it would aluminum, especially high polished aluminum. Most of the aluminum markers that I have seen with either polished nickel or chrome have flaking issues after some years of use such as the KAPP Flame markers and some of the bob long markers that they have done. The older Navarone cockers that I have seen that are nickel plated have held up rather well, but they are done in a matte/beadblasted finish which I assume would hold the plating better.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:12 PM #13
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CP did a few gold-plated barrels many moons ago, but they're susceptible to the same issues. The one I have looks terrible today.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:27 PM #14
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The problem with durability isn't with the gold, it's with the plating underneath. The gold is going to stick fine to the nickel but you normally don't see many nickel guns parts that look that great after years of use.
Agreed. Unless you make it a wall hanger forever.


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Why on earth would you want to spend your hard-earned cash that way......
because you can create something like this:

Gold Plated Karta Emag. (I didn't make it, but I own it.)
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:12 PM #15
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And for all the cash it cost to plate it gold like that.. he could have something even more beautiful.. like the ODD aurora Karta. Or your dark aurora X. I dunno.. I find the aurora to be far more fascinating than gold, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:52 AM #16
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And for all the cash it cost to plate it gold like that.. he could have something even more beautiful.. like the ODD aurora Karta. Or your dark aurora X. I dunno.. I find the aurora to be far more fascinating than gold, but maybe that's just me.
You will have no argument from me. I agree with that point.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:24 PM #17
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I recall there being a few black intimidators with gold plated accents. All gold seems like overkill to me, and you end up with something expensive AND tacky.

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