Does anyone have a technique for removing brass plating? I know it's not usually an issue, but I've got a Hawken I'm trying to make presentable for a civilian impression at Twin Rivers in November and I know the run-of-the-mill Hawkens had steel furniture, not brass. Right now this thing looks like it ought to belong to a New Orleans riverboat gambler with a jewelry fetish, the only things missing are an ostrich feather and rhinestones. I'd like to calm it down to look like something a somewhat over-the-hill uncle might drag out if he were called upon to escort female family members in uncertain times.
Usually brass plating comes right off, when you don't want it to. This stuff is tough. It's on some heavy metal, I can see it on the underside.
Chemicals? Reverse electroplating?