Hi Fellow Z Car owners,
I am new to the AUSZCAR forum and this is my first attempt at posting a topic so I hope I get it right.
Has anyone here tried to do DIY electroplating. I am currently fully restoring a 1974 260Z 2+2 that is a full rotisserie restoration and I have been restoring all of the zinc fittings, nuts and bolts. What I am also trying to do is re-chrome the plastic tail light garnishes.
I have had excellent success with a Caswell DIY electroplating kit with the zinc plating as well as copper, nickel, and chrome plating metal parts but have had some difficulty getting the system to work like they claim with chrome plating the plastic parts. The Caswell Copper Conductive Paint does not work well at all as it has almost no adhesive qualities even when I tried it with an adhesion promoter and I have tried some other alternatives with some moderate success but still not good enough. The Caswell Silvaspray is far too expensive at around $475 for 250 mls to use as the conductive coat on the plastic so I am looking for anyone that may have tried a cheaper alternative with success. I don't want to try the Caswell Silvaspray because their Copper Conductive Paint did not work well at all and it was around $80 for about 250 mls and I have doubts as to weather the Silvaspray will work as well they claim.
The Caswell Zinc kits work extremely well as does their Blue Chromate but their EcoPas Yellow chromate does not work at all and only produces an iridescent blue finish. I have also tried the Janes Bright Gold Chromate and it also works very well. I also have a recipe I found on the internet for Sodium Di-Chromate and can perfectly duplicate the original yellow chromate finish on parts like bonnet catch and many other parts.
I am interested to find any other forum members that might have tried to do the DIY Chrome as the professional chrome platers quoted $280.00 each + GST just to re-chrome the tail light garnishes. (ouch)