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    Getting ally chromed

    I know this can be done, I've just milled out my own dash panel, the chromer says it's a gamble but I think he may just be overly pessimistic..............has anyone had problems?

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    It's not terribly difficult, I discovered how to do it in the early 70's when I worked in electro plating. Good preparation is everything. Where you may have a problem is if the dash has holes. These present a low current density area for the chrome to throw on to the nickel, often resulting in yellow areas around the holes. This becomes more noticeable as the nickel dulls down.

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    Plating ally may be easy, getting it to stay on is another thing entirely. Mostly it flakes & peels off.
    London Chroming were the best, they used to plate with electroless nickel before the usual.copper/nickel/chrome. THeir work stood the test of time. But they got taken over by Ashford plating and the quality went down the pan.
    But I believe some former employees have started up in the old premises (735 Old Kent Rd) so they might be a good bet.
    Hockley in Southend also know how to make it stick.

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    Have you considered polishing and anodising?

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    Thanks for your replies lads...............it's the centre of the dashboatd (burr walnut either side), so it's got to look 30's period chrome n shiny.............anodising is always matt innit?

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    i've 2k clear coated lots of polished parts over the years, ally and copper with no issues.
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    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigknickers View Post
    Thanks for your replies lads...............it's the centre of the dashboatd (burr walnut either side), so it's got to look 30's period chrome n shiny.............anodising is always matt innit?
    No,bright anodising is quite usual. As with chrome a good finish relies on the initial polishing.

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    Well , well...................that's interesting, I've just bought the polishing kit, I have spraying equipment, which laquer are you using? I also like the idea of the anodising, but I can't get my head round it can look like chrome??

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    i've used normal 2k clear laquer, same as if you're painting a car.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    The bright aluminium on bicycles is usually anodised. It can also be dyed most colours to give a lovely deep candy finish.

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