Who are you using for your hard chrome job? I am also looking into having a few pistols hard chromed as well. I talked to Steve over at Metaloy about some additional modifications as I want the flat surfaces on both the slide and frame to be "brushed" along with the slide stop and safety, while leaving the other portions of the slide and frame in the matte finish. He charges a little extra to do this...but it looks fantastic! I have a Les Baer Stinger that was hard chromed by Tripp in this fashion, and it is absolutely beautiful.