Anyone ever had a hard chrome gun rust?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Cop_Out, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Hi folks,
    I'm curious, has anyone ever had a hard chrome gun rust?
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2020
  2. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I don’t think that is possible
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  3. Nineteen-ElevenObsession

    Nineteen-ElevenObsession Well-Known Member

    Jun 21, 2020
    In the most technical sense, chrome cannot rust.

    That being said I have heard of a few instances where a hard chrome gun showed some rust spots on the frame. It was attributed to micro fractures in the finish that develop from the frame flexing during firing.

    Hard chrome can be difficult to do right. But when done right, there should not be any rusting unless it were to wear in certain spots and leave the steel exposed.
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  4. Dangerous Brian

    Dangerous Brian Pigtails and butter please...

    Dec 9, 2013
    Yes, chrome plating can and will rust.
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  5. Havoc35

    Havoc35 Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2020
    Also, foreign material that can collect on the exterior can rust giving the appearance of the gun rusting. I think this is more common with stainless as chrome finishes aren't as porous.
  6. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I've bought hard chromed guns that have rust specks in places like the checkering or on the grip safety. A brass brush or brass wool and a little oil makes short work of it.
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