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Old 05-24-2004, 04:05 PM
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>There is another plating shop that I used about 8 years ago
>called Chromemasters in Tallahassee, Florida. They did
>excellent work at less cost than most chrome shops. They
>literally brought some pieces back to new that I thought
>were unrecoverable. I lost touch with them. If anyone knows
>if they are still in business and their location, it would
>be appreciated.
>
There is no Chromemasters in Tallahassee, however there is one in Nashville, TN. I called and asked if they moved from FLA -- Nope!

Have you ever dealt with Nu-Chrome in Fall River, MA?
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Old 05-24-2004, 04:42 PM
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Thanks for trying.

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Old 06-06-2004, 02:26 PM
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>The tail light bezels on the 1958 and 1959 are plastic that
>is sprayed with a silver-colored coat on the inside to make
>it look like chrome. I am not sure how you get them to be
>gold colored. The reoductions for the 1958 and 1959 bezels
>are reasonable. The 1960 is unavailable.
>
I have several extra 58/59 bezels that I'm going to experiment with. The only thing I see that might be a problem is the "chrome" on the backup light lens.
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Old 06-06-2004, 06:08 PM
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I had my front and rear bumpers and grill overhauled and
rechromed at Nu-Chrome (http://www.nu-chrome.com/ ) I am no expert by any means but the final finish was outstanding. I found the people good to work with and the estimation times quite accurate. Given enough therapy and counseling I will recover from the price. I can provide an email address if anyone should want it.

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Old 06-06-2004, 06:49 PM
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>I can provide an email address if
>anyone should want it.
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> John
> 58 Hardtop;)
Ahhh ... but you already did!

I was wondering about Nu-Chrome. What you've told me is that they are overpriced, but do a teriffic job. Perhaps they are worth the money then?
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Old 06-06-2004, 08:55 PM
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I can't really say if they were over priced or not as I have never
had anything chromed before (it may be 5-10 yrs before I do again!).

My front bumper was somewhat damaged as was my grill. They straightened and unbent things so they looked brand new. All the
work was outstanding. The car looks 100% better as a result.

So it was alot of money but worth it in terms of appearance.
I did not compare prices with other shops as I wanted one that I
could drive to and seemed professional. I had one conversation with Casey and we came away assuming prices in OK were comparable to Nu-Chrome.

They do have more than one quality level you can get. What
they call "show chrome" is supposed to be totally flawless.
"Custom chome" is supposed to be one step below with very minor
flaws possibly occuring in a few places.

I went for the latter and can find virtually no flaws at all.

So price aside, which I am not able to intelligently comment on,
they are first rate. I have pix I can email if anyone is interested.

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>So price aside, which I am not able to intelligently comment
>on,
>they are first rate. I have pix I can email if anyone is
>interested.
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I'd love to see some before and after pictures.
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Old 06-08-2004, 06:40 PM
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>My front bumper was somewhat damaged as was my grill. They
>straightened and unbent things so they looked brand new. All
>the
>work was outstanding. The car looks 100% better as a result.
>

John,

I meant to ask -- How much was the front, and did you have the rear done as well?

I was quoted $800 from Atlantic Plating just for the rear (they wouldn't touch the front), and that was without doing ANY repair work to the bumper (my rear bumper has a bend in the bottom middle -- Looks like someone tried to pull something with a hook attached to the bumper -- The front is slightly bent on one side).
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I still have not gotten my tail light bezels back yet. They had some problems with the clear coat over the gold plating. I hope to have them back in my hands in a couple of weeks.

For some reason gold plating needs a clear coat. I had thought that gold does not oxidize easily. I would like a better explanation of why it needs a clear coat.

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Alexander,

What have you been doing since March 9 when you sent them out? Did you have an extra set of bezels for the car in the meantime? Or have you just parked it while you wait?

One of your earlier posts in this thread said that Frankford Plating had "a good turnaround time". Four months seems a little long to me but I've never had this done before.

Is this typical time (even though you had something extra done) for rechroming these things? I want to get mine rechromed, but I need to start taking them off now so I can get 'em back by next year;-)

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