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Does anyone know if between the ribs in this arm rest piece were painted black or just left all chrome? It's for my '64 Riviera-I'm getting ready to send it out for re-chrome. Thanks

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They were not painted from the factory and were hard to keep clean.  A toothbrush works well on these to keep them clean.

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I've seen folks paint them black.  It's an illusion to hide pits in the chrome.  

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No, these pieces were never painted - only chromed. 

 

Ditto for the ribbed section at the rear of the center console by the ashtray.

 

I'll be curious to see how the piece turns out once you have it chromed.  Sometimes there is a loss of 'definition' to the detailed casting areas when such pot metal pieces are rechromed.  Good luck with the job.

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Has anyone successfully re-chromed those parts? Mine has pitting, i'd like to have them look new eventually. I also plan on painting the recesses a dark gray just for some contrast.

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11 hours ago, jsgun said:

Has anyone successfully re-chromed those parts? Mine has pitting, i'd like to have them look new eventually. I also plan on painting the recesses a dark gray just for some contrast.

I just got back a bunch of parts I had chromed at AAA Plating in Sacramento, Ca. They do a nice job. Attached is a picture of the armrest part. There is some small bumps in between the ribs that isn't very noticeable but it's there. I may paint flat black in those areas to mask it as RivNut mentioned.....not sure. I know someone will ask cost- I had front and rear bumpers done, guards, licence surround, backup light housings, lots of interior parts, both steel and pot metal pieces. Pretty much everything but grill and turn signal housings. Cost was $2K

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Contact Gene Guarnere and see what he has in the way of good ones.  He may also have some that have been rechromed.

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the rechroming never comes out well because of the pitting that they cannot get out, you can see by the example Frenchy showed.  I had mine recrhomed (gene sold me a set for power vents, and although the flat portion looks great, the ribbed portion does not.  Best one can do though

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3 hours ago, RivNut said:

Contact Gene Guarnere and see what he has in the way of good ones.  He may also have some that have been rechromed.

Can you give me Gene's contact info please? Thanks

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Removing the omnipresent pitting from those grooves (in whole or in part) is both a chore and a job which requires some degree of attention to avoid destroying the detail.  You need a narrow tool to go inside the grooves, but you don't want to round the top edges.  This also applies to polishing the tops; a standard buffer is liable to remove the sharp corners.

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One of the reasons I bought my Riv was that it had rechromed bumpers. Glad I did, I forget how expensive chrome is. I plan on modifying my armrest plates, i'll make it a point to get rid of the bumps. I believe you can fill it pits with silver bearing solder, but i'd make sure before taking that on. My window surround chrome has lots of pitting, i'd like to get it done some day.

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15 minutes ago, jsgun said:

I plan on modifying my armrest plates, i'll make it a point to get rid of the bumps. I believe you can fill it pits with silver bearing solder, but i'd make sure before taking that on.

 

You can do that, but it's not clear that's a practical solution in this case.  You will be replacing the pits with solder bumps that need to be smoothed out.  It's one thing to do that on a large, exposed, flat surface; it's quite another to do that inside those grooves. IMHO, the best solution is to take out the high spots in the grooves (i.e. corrosion surrounding the pits), polish the tops, then plate.  Yes, you'll be plating over some pits, but they'll be much smaller than they were before and much less noticeable.  And remember, we're talking about pits in grooves here.  They won't be that obvious.

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On 1/23/2019 at 9:47 AM, frenchy51 said:

I just got back a bunch of parts I had chromed at AAA Plating in Sacramento, Ca. They do a nice job. Attached is a picture of the armrest part. There is some small bumps in between the ribs that isn't very noticeable but it's there. I may paint flat black in those areas to mask it as RivNut mentioned.....not sure. I know someone will ask cost- I had front and rear bumpers done, guards, licence surround, backup light housings, lots of interior parts, both steel and pot metal pieces. Pretty much everything but grill and turn signal housings. Cost was $2K

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Frenchy, I tried chrome powder coating on a two bar spinner that was in rough shape. Not bad for an item I was going to throw away. Here is how powder chrome looks... the picture with with a pile of stuff on a chair show two bar spinners AND the chrome powder treated two bar. The chrome powder is not a panacea, but not bad for some items.

Turbinator

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I really like chrome powercoating, it takes on the look of polished aluminum. I had forgotten about that process, that might be ideal for my interior window trim. I like the brightwork, but the chrome seems blinding. Maybe with powercoating, I could get the bright look, and still keep my retinas. 

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