|03-22-2012 02:49 PM|
I used to work in a chrome shop that had been around since the 1960s. They also did coatings for magnesium, cadmium plating and gold/silver plating
The process they use now is still 'chrome' in that its copper base with nickle and chromium on top, however the copper cyanide had been removed from the equation, due to its expense and the harmful side effects of too much exposure...not to mention dealing with the spent liquids.
However, now the hot etching liquids used on steel are harder and harder to dispose of...hence more plastic. Add on to the fact, no one wants to polish copper and fill scratches for $8 here in America.
There are good quality, safe, american plating shops...and we need to support them, however if they chrome parts for American car manufacturers, the plating shop needs to be Union, which drives up the cost some more...
|03-22-2012 02:34 PM|
when I get time(very bussy right now with my spray on chrome business) I will let you guys now how to build your own..
|03-21-2012 05:47 PM|
I used the you tube icon button on the reply page and put -PKJsZX1Lt4 from the video address in the address bar on the pop up.
|03-21-2012 05:23 PM|
|03-21-2012 05:09 PM|
How did you do the blue chrome?
Have you posted exactly what you are using for the process?
|03-21-2012 01:36 PM|
ok seems I canīt post youtubevideos here.. but here is the link, if its possible for me to post a video but I just dont know how to do it, can a moderator help me out here..
here is the link of the video
|03-21-2012 11:24 AM|
this is a video of my DIY Spray On Chrome System doing its thing in a bike Headlight plastic cover, I also did the bikeīs shock absorber plastic covers in blue chrome
let me now if you canīt see the video
here some pics..
before(prep with 2k Urethane single stage black from SW, no buffing at all)
after being silvered
Shock Absorber covers
now how they look on the bike(after protective clear)
|03-21-2012 10:36 AM|
[QUOTE=TucsonJayCan you successfully spot repair it without shooting the whole thing again?[/QUOTE] yes its possible
My Small Spray On Chrome System for small to Medium pieces will be posted soon.....
|03-20-2012 09:07 PM|
|swvalcon||As said earlier the EPA has closed up all the small chrome shops. Guess what guys the small body shops and do it yourselfers that want to paint a car will be next. The powers that be are already working on it. Wont be long you wont be-able to buy paint over the counter at the parts store just because you want to.|
|03-20-2012 10:33 AM|
I have seen a few cars done with this type of paint.
If you actually use the car... allow it outside of a locked garage... or allow people to get close to it... it will eventually be damaged.
Can you successfully spot repair it without shooting the whole thing again?
|03-20-2012 09:52 AM|
I was able to assamble a small but practial spray on chrome system for no more than $200 and so far I can do small to medium pieces and started business here in nicaragua.
|07-22-2011 10:25 AM|
|unix||I think that items like front axles will not hold up all that well. Chrome gets pretty rad after some miles on an item such as that. I like some chrome valve covers, common stuff. So I think chrome will be around, custom chrome parts, not massed produced, yes that will be expensive. Paint is paint any way you slice it, plating well it is what it is. There is always the powder coatings maybe something there down the road. But for now I would seek out plating myself, got a harley had the inner primary chromed 198something looks as good as the day I got it back from Browns.|
|07-22-2011 10:24 AM|
You know what they say....
Centerline hit the nail on the head. EPA has ruined small industry in America, greed ruined big industry.
I'd be all for an alternative. We use a powder that is called mirror chrome in a PC business. even with High gloss clear, it only looks like polished ceramic coatings. Which in certain applications, looks killer. It's not chrome, just an alternative.
This process you speak of sounds interesting.
|07-22-2011 09:33 AM|
Ford, GM, Mercedes, all the major car makers use the type system that I am talking about. We are not talking about silver paint in no form or fashion.
Any metals I would for sure do hard chrome or traditional chrome.
Back in the day they plowed a field with a mule......
|07-22-2011 09:31 AM|
Unfortunately the EPA has made it ever more difficult for manufacturing to stay in the US. Chrome shops are a very good example. Used to be a Mom & Pop chrome shop in almost every decent sized town. Thanks to EPA regulations most have been forced to shut down and there are only a few large chrome shops left.
With the advances in technology alternatives have come and gone. There were the chrome spray bombs, which were pretty pathetic and a few others. However, the silver plating technique (which is similar to the way the reflective surface is sprayed on glass for mirrors) is the best yet. True, its not as durable as the metal Chrome plating we're used to, but it is just as durable as your BC/CC paint job will ever be and it looks just as good as the real thing. Its also environmentally friendly. When done properly it is the closest thing to actual chrome plating anyone's come up with so far, and sorry guys..... get used to it because that's where the industry is heading. Like it or not, real chrome will soon become something only the very rich can afford and thanks to the EPA... you'll be sending your stuff to China to be done.
Never pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just shoot you. - Anonymous
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