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Old 01-18-2020, 07:00 AM
377thPFAB 377thPFAB is offline
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Does anyone have any experience with the Colt Custom Shop? I recently got a great deal on an older stainless LW Commander. While the slide is in really good shape, the frame has seen better days. Nothing that's pitted or rusted but she just needs a little love. Their website talks about a brushed stainless finish that really appeals to me. Just wondering if anyone had any experience. Thanks
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Old 01-18-2020, 07:09 AM
pat_jones pat_jones is offline
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Lightweight Commander? That's an aluminum frame, not stainless. You'd be limited to repainting.

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Old 01-18-2020, 07:18 AM
Steve in Allentown Steve in Allentown is offline
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The best, most durable option for aluminum is to re-anodize it. The next best option is to apply Ionbond over nickel plating.
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Old 01-18-2020, 07:38 AM
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Lightweight Commander? That's an aluminum frame, not stainless. You'd be limited to repainting.

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Thanks for that correction! I'm relatively new to the 1911 world obviously!
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:11 AM
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Colt, the company, not the gun, has had some serious issues over the years. They've had their ups and downs, and that would include the Custom Shop. We have some amazing gunsmiths and plating companies that post on this Forum. I'd skip the Colt Custom Shop and start with a gunsmith, discus your concerns, and let him guide you through the process. You can have that LW Commander any way you'd want. It'll just take a few bucks.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:27 PM
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Hard chrome is an option for aluminum frames from a very few shops. Not all do it as it requires additional prep and plating to be done before the HC is applied.
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