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    Black to chrome

    Hi all
    i've seen in other posts people asking if a chrome body can be refinished to black paint, my question is can a black chrome m6ttl be turned to chrome? If so where?

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    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    My thoughts exactly!

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    Crap,
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    DUH

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    In all seriousness, if you wanted to convert black chrome to chrome, you would have to remove the covers and send them to a plating shop to be stripped and replated. Bead blasting before plating would produce the typical satin chrome finish.

    By far the easiest way to convert a black chrome Leica to a chrome one is to trade your black one for a chrome one, or sell yours and buy a chrome one.
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    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roverman View Post
    Hi all
    i've seen in other posts people asking if a chrome body can be refinished to black paint, my question is can a black chrome m6ttl be turned to chrome? If so where?
    Why???????????

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    Helps the GDP, just think if all the black Leica owners went out and converted them. Paint sales would be up 5%

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    As to why, the black look is getting scruffy around the winder and edges and it doesn't get loads of use, plus love the retro look of the chrome.
    use to have an m2 and it just looked so right, it had been recovered fairly well but the idea of a chrome with tan lizard skin was very appealing.

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    So your camera doesn't look spanking brand new, so what. Consider it's look a badge of honor.
    BTW, professional photographers used to paint their cameras black because the shine on the chrome announced their presence.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

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