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Old 06-13-2014, 07:38 AM   #1
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Stainless or Nickle?

Is there an easy way to tell if a slide is stainless or highly polished nickel?
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #2
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One way is by appearance of the color.
Nickel typically has a slight "yellowish" color that's usually readily apparent when compared to something known to be stainless steel.
A kitchen utensil will do.
Stainless steel has a "white" color with no yellowish tint.
Compare a stainless item to bright nickel and the color tint is obvious.

Another way to tell in this case is that a stainless steel slide will only be bright polished outside.
The inside of the slide will be dull.
A bright nickel slide will also be bright inside because it's a shiny plating.
Old 06-13-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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Makes sense. Thanks.

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