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#21 nat0_240_chevZ


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 01:33 PM

Ive used precision at eliz.
Had mixed results.
But speak to jason 8287 5555.
I use aclass regilarly.for hi spec defence.work and the certainly charge accordingly.
My machine shops get all zinc and chrome plating in Melbourne. Done for half the price including freight

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 04:08 PM

they cost me about 200 with a badge delivered. Unfortunately that's the price u have to pay. I had some bumpers done on the cheap side of things, these bumpers now reside in the scrap metal bin and i had to find 2 more to replace them.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestions and I have been in touch with most of these companies regarding the Chrome Plating of plastic parts. The costs are so high which is why I started investigating a DIY system.

Actually, the original theme of my post was to see if anybody had tried DIY chrome plating on plastic. I can get excellent results on metal parts but as yet I cannot duplicate these results on plastic parts. The main thing is to get a good quality binding conductive base followed by copper plating, then, nickel, then the chrome. Caswell have their Copy Chrome (which is what I am using) that is primarily cobalt, but they do have a triple chrome system as well. The main problem is that the base coats they offer, copper conductive paint, and Silvaspray are extremely expensive. Would be OK if they worked but the copper is about $80 for 250 mls and the Silvaspray is about $475 for 250 mls so either way it cost big dollars to re-chrome the tail light surrounds. I have tried the copper conductive paint but I found that it has almost no adhesion qualities and when you plate the copper over the paint it just peels off so it does not work in the way they claim. The Silvaspray might work but it is just too expensive to take the chance.

What I was hoping to find was someone that had tried this and found a cheaper conductive base coat that works.


I am getting excellent results with the zinc plating. See the attached photo of the Hitachi carburettors. I did these just as a trial as I am actually using Webbers on my car but I wanted to see what sort of results I could get from the zinc.



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 09:20 PM

Hi Barry,
I've been meaning to respond to this thread for a couple of weeks. I hope you won't take this the wrong way or as criticism, but it looks to me like the DIY kit doesn't quite give you that nice sheen and chameleon colour finish you get from the professional outfits.

For example:

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I also came across this business in SA - which looks like it might be a small 1 man shop, but what I like about it is the fact that he does 1 job at a time and specialises in small items. Which is 1 of the reasons many of us may be shy of a plater.

Here is an Oscillator box I had done (in the US) by a professional plater. Again it had that sheen / colour changing finish.

So I guess my point is that I'm impressed with what can be done using the DIY kits, but I'm not sure the finish is quite at the level I'd like for my own restoration projects, but perhaps it's a case of perfecting the technique to get the same level of finish and experimenting further?

I may end up taking the large items with my car to a large plater, and then bag and tag the smaller items for a specialist like the 1 mentioned above who is less likely to misplace those small items.

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