A brass plater is a metal plate that holds the metal onto a surface to prevent corrosion and corrosion resistance.
This metal plate is often attached to the underside of the frame of a firearm.
Brass plating helps to maintain a low rate of wear, but is not a replacement for the quality of the brass that comes with the firearm.
Here’s what you need to know about brass platers.
The Plating Types Brass plated metals are generally manufactured using either a metallurgical or a chromium-copper alloy.
Brass is usually treated with either high heat or a chemical process known as metallization, which allows the metal to adhere to a surface.
These metals can be plated with a combination of heat and a solvent, such as lead, zinc, copper, or nickel.
The combination of metals allows the plating process to work with any surface.
For example, a brass platen with copper and zinc can be applied to a steel barrel or slide.
How Much Do Brass Platers Cost?
Brass platers are commonly purchased in a range of amounts.
Some brass platters are more expensive than other metals, such a bronze platter can be purchased for as little as $1.00 per kilo.
The price of brass platter ranges from $0.15 to $1 per kilogram.
For more information on brass plators, visit www.safeguardfirearms.com.
How Many Platers Do You Need?
A common question we get asked is, “How many platters do I need for my firearm?”
This depends on the firearm being used and the type of plating that is being used.
If you plan to purchase a firearm that you can fire from a standing position, it may be necessary to purchase two or more plates, for example a brass plate and a zinc plater.
To avoid the risk of a catastrophic fire, it is also important to be aware of the risk posed by your brass plates.
How Are Brass Plates Made?
Brass is typically produced by casting from a mixture of zinc and copper.
The process can be completed in an oven and then a heat-treated, chromium alloy is then cast into the metal.
Brass can be produced by hand, in a machine shop, or by welding.
The alloy can also be cast into stainless steel and then coated with a lacquer.
Some types of brass plates are available in various grades.
This is not the case with stainless steel, which is typically made by heating and grinding the metal in a furnace.
These plates are not typically as high quality as brass plaques and platters, which can take up to two years to achieve their intended level of finish.
For a more in-depth look at the different types of steel, visit the website of the American Institute of Steelworkers.
How Long Does It Take for Brass Plating to Take Effect?
Brass plates typically take up about a month to achieve an acceptable finish, and a week or so to fully remove rust.
Brass plates are often treated with an alkaline solvent, a chemical known as hydrochloric acid, to remove the corrosion, and then are re-plated with brass.
However, these plating processes can take time to be fully implemented.
Can Brass Plats Be Used to Clean the Frame of a Firearm?
While brass plates are not usually cleaned by hand in the manner that you would with a firearm, there are some cases where you may want to take advantage of the plated metal to remove corrosion.
These plating techniques can help remove rust and other issues on the exterior of a pistol.
For this reason, some firearms may require an exterior brass plate and the firearm must be cleaned prior to use.
Some pistols may also require an interior brass plation and are then cleaned with an interior plating solvent.
If a firearm is equipped with a firing pin protector or a safety, the firing pin may be protected with brass plats.
For an additional safety measure, a fire selector can be placed over the firing spring and the firing mechanism can be cleaned with a brass or chrome plating solution.
What Is the Best Way to Clean Brass Plated Firearms?
Cleaning the surface of brass plate can help to remove any remaining rust and contaminants that may be left behind.
For firearms that are fitted with a trigger guard or have a trigger puller, a thorough cleaning can be performed prior to firing.
Brass should not be used for cleaning when a firearm has been fired, and should not contact the gun’s chamber or feed ramp.
Cleaning a firearm with a cleaning solution will help to clean away any lingering contaminants, but this does not mean that the cleaning solution is not effective in removing any residual rust and any corrosion.
What Should I Do If I Find Brass Plaques or Plates of Any Color?
If you find brass plaging of any color, please do not touch the plaques or plates until they are removed.