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Howdy! I’ planning to have some work done to my SA GI and have talked to the different smiths here in SE Michigan. I’ve taken ideas from here on the boards and plan to have a dovetail cut for the front sight, along with a new Wilson Combat beavertail, hammer, trigger and sear. For the refinishing I’m trying to decide if I want the pistol done in DiamondKote, chrome plate or just the traditional blue. Gunsmiths have told me the pros and cons but I know they’re just trying to sell their respective product.

DiamondKote is a paint and paint will eventually wear and chip off.

Chrome plating will pit and rust.

Bluing will wear away faster than DiamondKote and chrome.

I’m sure the finishes aren’t as bad as its competitor is making it out to be. For those who have had their pistols refinished using one of these methods, can you please post your experience? This is my primary concealed carry weapon so I want to get all of the facts before I make my decision.

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Based on your comments, sounds like you are basing your decision on most durable. I would go with hard chrome of the three you mention. Not the shiny kind, the dull gray normal kind.

John
 
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