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GeoffInCarlsbad 03-04-2016 10:00 AM

Chrome Plating of Trim and Parts
 
Most of the chrome on my T-Bird is in really good shape, and can be cleaned up with some elbow grease and good polish. However, I do have pitting on the dash parts: Instrument Panel and Bezels, Horn Ring, etc.

I was thinking that instead of replacing these, I could find a local plating shop and have these re-plated instead of having to purchase new materials.

Has anyone had any experience with doing this and what were your results?

Thank you.

simplyconnected 03-04-2016 12:46 PM

Dynamic Custom Chrome - Detroit
 
By far, the cheapest way to get good chrome is by buying the reproduction because they plate hundreds at the same time.

However... some parts were never popular enough to duplicate so the only option is to re-plate what you have. If this is the case, you better find the best chrome shop you can find because they are all different. This is custom work and real good shops that do 'show chrome' price items accordingly.

Here's three examples, none of these parts were re-popped...
I own a 1955 Ford Customline. Mainline and Customline were models below the (new for '55) Ford Fairlane. My trunk key bezel is a one-piece die casting that also holds the badge. The Mainline and Customline sold the most in numbers but Fairlane parts were popular with restorers. Consequently, my parts never got reproduced in aftermarket.

I have no choice but to re-chrome this piece that resembles a teenager with bad acne. Click on the picture below for the YouTube video of the work my chrome shop did:



They also did the radio bezel. Remember, '55 Ford radios were unique to that year alone. The car was six-volt, POSITIVE ground.

Also, here's the hood airplane.
- Dave

Yadkin 03-04-2016 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GeoffInCarlsbad (Post 98920)
Most of the chrome on my T-Bird is in really good shape, and can be cleaned up with some elbow grease and good polish. However, I do have pitting on the dash parts: Instrument Panel and Bezels, Horn Ring, etc.

I was thinking that instead of replacing these, I could find a local plating shop and have these re-plated instead of having to purchase new materials.

Has anyone had any experience with doing this and what were your results?

Thank you.

Try cleaning with coke and a blue scotch brite pad first.

GeoffInCarlsbad 03-06-2016 01:29 PM

Coke as in Coca Cola?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Yadkin (Post 98962)
Try cleaning with coke and a blue scotch brite pad first.

You mean coke as in coca cola?

Yadkin 03-06-2016 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GeoffInCarlsbad (Post 99000)
You mean coke as in coca cola?

Yes. It has phosphoric acid, a weak acid that which will dissolve the pits in the chrome. Phosphoric is also available in concentrated form, and is superior, but you have to be very careful of you will dissolve more of the metal than you want to. Always rinse thoroughly.

Diet Coke also has this ingredient and won't leave a sticky residue.

simplyconnected 03-07-2016 01:23 AM

Phosphoric acid is sold at ACE Hardware in two forms:
(1) OSPHO:

Try a qt. I'm sure you will love it. The gallon size is a better deal.


(2) MUST FOR RUST, RUST REMOVER.

Phosphoric acid is the active ingredient in Navel Jelly and many rust removers. A weaker solution is found in CLR. With all acids you should wear goggles, gloves, and have a garden hose close by.

It's important you keep the part wet with this acid. Agitate it often. It will NOT eat through good steel but it will remove oxide (rust). - Dave


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