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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-26-02, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Chrome plating costs

Anybody had this done to anything? If so what was the cost? I want to chrome plate my interior door handles, just the lever and just the part you grab to close the door. Any ideas how much I would be looking at?

Also some contact info on people who can do it in Melbourne would be good.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-26-02, 02:40 PM
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Alex,

When I had the XB I had a heap of stuff plated in Toowoomba. It wasn't cheap, but I thought the prioces were reasonable considering the premium you pay for after market chrome stuff.

I think you'll be happily suprised at the cost for a few items.

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it cost me 50 bucks to do a set of push bike handlebars......

I think yours will cost more cos of the fact its plastic. I do have an article somewhere on chroming plastic items......will try to find it for you.

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Oh, you can't chrome plate plastic. You'd have to use that liquid metal stuff. Can't think of what it is called, but I reckon that is what sikEA is thinking of.

Street Machine had an article on it ages ago.

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Yeah I've got that issue of Street Machine, where they show the exact process of how they chromed a plastic window winder handle. I'm not really worried how they do it, as long as it looks like chrome! If it's too expensive I'll have to find some other dodgier way to do it...

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Da Goodz, Hey man... it may end up being cheaper for you too install some EF-EL fairmont ghia door trims...?

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Yeah I thought about that Brent but I reckon they won't match the rest of the interior. I would like to keep the original interior just make it look better. I'll have to call around and find some exact prices. Anyone know of any places in Melbourne?

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I think you'd be better off painting them...thats my personal opinion as I think chrome and later model cars just dont go well together

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I tried painting them chrome, and while the paint is fresh they look good. But even after drying for a few days the paint gets fingerprints and blotches when you touch it. You can't put clear coat on either, it spoils the paint. There isn't any other colour I would want, silver would be the closest, but chrome is better.

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I have no idea how well it would work, but you could try silver foil from a craft shop. Might wear a bit quickly but it could be worth a go, and a lot cheaper than anything else.

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