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Hello Everyone

The shop which I have used in the past to chrome plate plastic parts has closed down. Therefore can anyone suggest a place which can do this type of work? I am looking for someone who could re-plate the egg crate grille on my 1983 Riviera. Has anyone had this done and how did it turn out, as most of the plastic chrome work which I have had done have been on smaller parts and not so intricate? It would be nice to find someone who has a NOS or a top quality second hand one for sale, however ---.

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John

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OK Johnny: I believe your best bet, besides finding one unused still in the box is to get a used one.  A lo mileage car would have less of a chance of the chrome sandblasted and because chrome plated plastic  doesn't rust ( I think) you can widen the field by looking everywhere.  Mitch

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Take a look at the process of water chrome get  (hydro-chrome).  DIY then you could do it for others. Don't you need another sideline business?  Google it.  There's a video from Jay Leno's Garage that demonstrates the process.

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I found a guy in Hemming's called Pete's Rod Shop. I sort of lucked into it. It's a small operation just outside Philly. I searched on line and called around a lot and most of the bigger shops where very expensive and had a long backlog. I am re-doing a 77 Pontiac Can Am now and it has lots of interior plastic parts that are chromed. Dash bezels, AC vents, interior light bezels etc. Once I talked to Pete, he won me over. He is a stand up guy and his work is excellent. His business is cars, but the plastic chroming service has really taken off for him. Highly recommended. PRL
 

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On 3/26/2017 at 6:21 PM, RivNut said:

Take a look at the process of water chrome get  (hydro-chrome).  DIY then you could do it for others. Don't you need another sideline business?  Google it.  There's a video from Jay Leno's Garage that demonstrates the process.

 

That's a good suggestion for a lot of uses, Ed.

The shop whose work Jay Leno illustrated on that

video has closed, so Jay now points people to

Coat of Chrome in Wind Gap, Penna.  (Phone

570-656-5001).  The process is similar to that used

for silvering mirrors, with a clear coat applied afterward,

and can be done on just about any properly prepared substrate,

such as plastic--even on wood, ceramic, and stone.

The method is known generally as "spray-on chrome."

 

http://www.coatofchrome.com/page7.php

 

The shop in Pennsylvania is experienced:  They have plated

things for Disney World and Disney movies, and even did 

a costume for the character C3PO.  

 

When I did an article on this subject, the owner of the shop told me

that he wouldn't recommend spray-on-chrome for the front end

of an every-day use vehicle, since it's like a paint and can chip.

But for pieces not exposed to road rash, such as taillights,

trim rings, bodyside moldings, windshield frames, and

arm-rest brackets, it should be a great help to us hobbyists.

 

 

 

 

Edited by John_S_in_Penna (see edit history)

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