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    To chrome, or not to chrome? That is the question.

    Ok. I cant leave my truck looking sad for too much longer....and Im not a fan of patina! So, I'm going to treat it to some ne chrome (bumpers,grille,badges). Question is...do i buy ne bits or send off what I have for chroming? mmm decisions decisions

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    Lucky you're a plumber or you'd never be able to afford new chrome!
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    Bet your hourly rate is more than mine.....I just work harder

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    Always found the chrome on "new bits" poor and not up to the quality of having it done yourself, so if your parts are sound I would get them rechromed, cost wise it will probably work out about the same as buying new ready chromed parts.

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    why not have your bits powder coated in a satin silver or a colour of your choice.it may work out cheeper but might look as good
    livin' on beer 'n' jaffa cakes -one box per pint

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    Tripple chrome em. mmmmm.
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    tripple plate it and it will last longer tht the car
    im in the classic scooter industry and id chrome it can be pricey
    EG i made a chain gear change and got it tripple chrome plated cost £50
    new ''chromed'' ******** for morris minors are **** and look like made it ti-why-the-****-wan

    your in suffolk so my advice if u chrome dont use london chroming its **** and over priced

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    What is 'triple plating'?
    Most people think its copper - nickel - chrome. But theres a lot more to it than that.
    The stuff Detroit used to put on which lasted very well had a very thick layer of copper as a base. You wont find a chromer anywhere who will put that much on now.
    The next layer, Nickel, which is the main 'body' of the plating was applied from 3 different directions. This is called 'triplex nickel' and is often confused with 'triple plating'. Again, you wont find anywhere that does this now. There was a place in east London some years ago which did duplex nickel, but they weren't much good at the other aspects of it all. Gone now anyway. Triplex nickel effectively blocks the path of water leeching thru the plating. Ordinary nickel doesn't do this so well which is why you get small spots of rust staining even on new plating sometimes.
    A plating firm could be giving your parts a 5 second flash of copper, 5 minutes of nickel and a 10 second flash of chrome and still be able to call it 'triple plating'. But you'd be wire-wooling the rust off after not very long.

    BTW Lambo-Ash - who would you reccomend?
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    start off **** me i cant spell haha
    well are chromers in walsall do a thick copper and the rest i can get the right timings of them as we do alot i can put pictures of are chromed items up and i dont do **** always proper jobs
    and briz i cant think of the name ill get it monday and post it up so u can go direct save time.... look below for some shinny shinny

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