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Old 08-15-2012, 07:21 PM
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Do it yourself home plating.

Hi Guys
I'm just passing along a web site I came across while researching a concept car. I don't know anything about them other than the recommendation from the person doing the restoration on the concept car but I found it interesting enough that I wanted you guys to know they existed. These people sell kits that allow you to do some of your own plating. Chrome, cadmium, nickel and other metal coatings.
I'm not sure if posting a web site like this is allowed or not but my intentions are honorable. i ain't connected to them and I'm not getting a dime. I've just never seen anything like what they have to offer. Here they are
Plating Kits Electroplating Kits Aluminum Anodizing Kits Powder Coating Systems Metal Polishing And Buffing Supplies - Caswell Inc

I hope this helps someone.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:46 PM
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Perfectly legitimate post. Awesome too.
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Man I saw this and my mind just started spinning. What possibilities!
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Trouble with anything like this, as is the problem with the pro shops, what do you do with the chemicals that are left over?...Just cant dump them down the sewer. Disposal is one of the main reason that plating is so expensive.
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That would be a good question to ask Caswell.
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Disposal

You mean you don't just find the best fish-bearing stream around and .....

Aw geeze - what will do now?

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Hey! What's wrong with fish that have four to nine eyes and baby ducks with eight legs? Haven't you ever stopped at any of the roadside attractions along Rt. 66? Darn good entertainment I say.
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I've looked into starting a home plating setup as I worked for a large scale plating shop for 12 years.I had a metal polishing business for a few years after that.
The problem with the setups like caswell's is they use tri chrome instead of hex(hexavellent) chrome which is used by shops that do show chrome we expect.
Tri chrome does not have the same finnish as quality hex chrome.
Tri chrome is safe to use at home.Hex chrome is something you would have a hard time getting and would bbe well advised not to use in a home setup.
Hex chrome fumes are carcenogenic and pose huge disposal issues.
In Erin Brocovich it was hexchrome that gave the town cancer.
The EPA has been all over this.

The bottom line is chrome is not cheap for a reason.If it was easy to set up on a home scale to save money,i'd be doing it.But letting a good chrome shop do quality work is well worth the cost and avoid the headaches.

thats just my 2 cents.
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I suspect these new processes are similar, and much like modern mirror silvering? I believe they need a clear coat?

Jay Leno has used this one:

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if any of u guys try out one of those gun coating kits u have to let me know how it comes out.

im eyeballing the one black/white barbed wire duracoat kits for my target .22 rifle
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prep work ?

If you did the sanding , buffing , polishing, prep work you might be able to save a few bucks.Just like paint, the prep makes the finish.
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disposal costs

I worked for a shop that made exhaust parts for the Harley factory, One out the platers we used moved from L A to Arizona, California was always hasseling him, and the dry arizona desert air would evaporate the water out of the waste so he could send Dry residue to be reclaimed. and the shipping cost was a lot lower than barrels of liquid.
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