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Chrome plated question


Paul Falabella

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Go to their place of business, wait in your car, when someone starts to go in with some pieces to be chromed, ASK THEM IF THEY HAVE HAD ITEMS CHROMED BEFORE AND HOW HAPPY ARE THEY WITH THE PROCESS? Or when someone comes out with a finished product ASK THEM.

Check with the BETTER BUSINESS PEOPLE, they should know if complaints have been filed.

It Can't be that hard to learn all about them, IMO.

I wish you well,

Dale in Indy

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I have used Knox Custom Chrome in Knoxville TN for 20 years now. They only do show chrome and only do bumpers.

Their prices are far less than anyone else I have had quotes from over the years too.

Just ship the bumpers out to them via UPS or Fedex Ground, and they will ship them back the to you the same way

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Ask them where they send their work. Environmental laws on Long Island forbid chrome plating to take place on the Island itself. There's been too many instances of ground water polution from improper disposal of the solutions involved in plating. Even if they do some of the initial preparation, like straightening, etc., any polishing needed after the first layer of copper plating is applied (to remove pits, which would effect the quality of the end product) would need to be done at the site where the plating is taking place.

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Make every attempt to stay local with your plating. Shipping big parts for plating can get really ugly if it comes back unsatisfactory. Who pays for shipping, if they screwed it up once are they capable of fixing it, risk of damage during shipping and on and on.

Start by visiting the shop and speaking with them about your concerns and explain your quality expectations and see what kind of read you get on their integrity. Ask to see some examples of similar parts they may have just completed. Ask for some references and follow up with them. If you walk out with anything but a warm and fuzzy feeling keep looking.

Keep in mind when you get references, you have to know the person giving it because whats acceptable to someone else may not be acceptable to you.

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Good advice. Shipping such items as a bumper can be very expensive, especially if you want it insured. We just paid $275 to ship a massive '61 Pontiac bumper. It was oversized so an upcharge from UPS plus the $1000 insurance was very expensive. When possible we travel to deliver chrome we are having done and travel again to pick it up when finished. Inconvenient but better than losing an irreplaceable part.

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restorer32- next time ship Fedex Ground instead of UPS. We just had two 1958 Pontiac bumpers shipped back from Knox Custom Chrome from Knoxville TN to S.Florida, and they are larger/heavier than the ones you had shipped ---- and only $ 100.00 each

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Lot's of good points. As for local it appears that's not probable,if all the place is really a contractor.

Depending on how far the plater is, it may pay just to load the wifes Traverse and bring it there. Heard good things about Paul's Chrome but that's a 400 mile drive.

So what should someone expect to pay for say a 55 Roadmaster front bumper? Seven pieces if I count correctly? No physical damage,pretty shiny,very minimal surface rust.

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