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Old 05-14-2005, 11:33 AM
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hi all just painted my motor purple and I was looking at it and I think it needs more chrome!! Would any one recommend home Electroplating? How will it hold up? I want to plate a few of the support brackets for the belts and some the intake manifold bolts

would you plate the whole bolt or just the head?


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Don't fool w/ Eastwood. If you are serious about doing your own chrome, get a kit from Caswell. These guys specialize in kits for hobbyists. I have their 1-gallon triple chrome kit and use it all the time. Great for those myriad bolts and little parts that the chrome shop charges $$$$$$$ to do. The finished plating is as good as anything I get ant the platers. Plus they not only have kits for chrome but also for any other plating procedure you can imagine. Silver, gold, black chrome, brass, bronze, nickle, plating stripping, anodizing kits for aluminum, ceramic/metallic coating for headers.
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you have to take the part down to bare metal right?
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Of course! The kit comes with a strong cleanser and a pickling solution that insures it is chemically clean. And it has to have the surface finish you want before you start plating. The chrome will look exactly like the bare metal part. If you want it really shiny, you must polish the bare part before plating it.
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"Chroming" plastic

The rear window on my car seems to be framed with a "Chromed" piece of plastic and the "chrome" is peeling off.
Do these folks have a kit that would enable me to redo this? I did look on their website but was unable to find anything - I planned to look again tomorrow but thought you might know.
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The rear window on my car seems to be framed with a "Chromed" piece of plastic and the "chrome" is peeling off.
Do these folks have a kit that would enable me to redo this? I did look on their website but was unable to find anything - I planned to look again tomorrow but thought you might know.
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http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/silvaspray.html

here is part of what you would need willys might be able to help you more
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http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/silvaspray.html

here is part of what you would need willys might be able to help you more

Yep that's what you need to plate plastic. I have a bottle of it for plating parts for my models. Works great on styrene but don't know how it will stick to the plastic used for that trim. It is basically silver dust in lacquer base. I think most of those 'chrome' plastic trim pieces are actually just covered with a silvered mylar film. That film eventually peels after exposure to U and the elements. The Silvaspray/chrome plating on the other hand will be a rigid metallic coating that may not hold up to the flex in that trim.
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hi all just painted my motor purple and I was looking at it and I think it needs more chrome!! Would any one recommend home Electroplating? How will it hold up? I want to plate a few of the support brackets for the belts and some the intake manifold bolts

would you plate the whole bolt or just the head?


thanks
How much is this gonna cost? Just curious...
You should realize that there is alot of work and preparation involved in the chroming process. For your parts to "look" like chrome they need to be highly polished before the plating process begins. Just removing the the rust and paint is not going to get a very nice surface for the plating...
I would save my time and money and send the brackets out for powder coating or JetHot coating. You can buy complete stainless steel bolt kits from Summit for around 60 bucks. This is just some alternatives but it will be tons cheaper then what you are thinking of doing and there will be no questions as to longevity either.
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