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Gun Refinishing / Armoloy Plating

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Q. I would like to know if anyone has heard of Armoloy plating. If you have could you give some information to me? I would greatly appreciate it.

Robert K [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Naval Aviation Depot


Q. I was looking for Armoloy forever. My father has a Browning Highpower pistol that is finished in Armoloy, and is exquisite to say the least I would like to know what shops do this for firearms as he bought the pistol already finished and could not tell me were to look.

B Cobb

A. Hi, folks. Armoloy® is a trademarked name for "thin dense chromium" (this phrase may be a trademark as well, I'm not sure). We encourage you to look up Armoloy® on the web, but our website provides a place for metal finishers to share camaraderie and exchange technical tips, and is possible only through the support of our advertisers. We can't ask them to bear the costs of maintaining distributorship info here for their competitors. Sorry!


Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


A. Hello,

Yes, Armoloy is applied to weapons for wear, lubricity and corrosion protection. It would have to be disassembled though.


Dan G [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- DeKalb, Illinois


Q. I have an old Browning Hi-Power of my father's done in Armoloy finish. Several of my friends have asked me about this finish style and are interested in it. I was wondering if there were any companies that still do this type of finish.

Brian DeWitt
- Orlando, Florida, USA

Ed. note: Armoloy® is a trademark / trade name, and is still viable, you can google it; but several shops offer proprietary high performance chrome platings of this sort including U.S. Chrome of New York and TechPlate.


A. Hello Brian!

Be advised that TiCN is a better alternative, and provides a dark surface. (May be desired over a "Shiny"/reflective finish).

Ymir Tyrvaldsen
- Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.A.

thumbs up signThanks, Ymir.

Yes, TiCN is superior to thin dense chrome in some aspects and for some applications, and inferior for others. Much like whether a train or a ship is the better way to get from A to B depends whether A and B are Miami to San Juan or Los Angeles to Las Vegas :-)


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


RFQ: I am seeking a domestic(US) supplier that specializes in finishing of parts using the Armoloy coating. I would need to have two bronze/brass parts that are approximately 1.25x2x15 (dimensions in inches) coated with the Armoloy coating.

Please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail if you are interested.
I can provide additional when I talk to you.


Brian K [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Moberly, Missouri, USA

September 10, 2017

A. I had my Glock17 Armoloyed back in 1992. I was a police officer and the wear of the holster was taking the finish off the slide. After the armoloy finish I used the same Glock for 22 years of service in and out of the holster. The gun looks just like the day the Armoloy was applied, I'm very satisfied with the finish. The finish was a dull gray not shiny at all.

Emilio Rodriguez
- KEY LARGO, Florida

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