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  • From: Conn. USA
chrome plating plastics
Posted by GPERZERK on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:34 PM
Tongue has any one tryed any of the plating companys out there? Im looking at one in the adds in the back of this mag.( chrome plating services) questions i have are : can all small parts be glued togther to make the one part to be chrome? and if so what type of glue would i use? ( i use ca type and testors) How do i attach parts to the sprues ? can chrome parts be rechrome without having to stip off the old? I have a couple of older kits wear the plastic color bleeded throu or the chrome wasnt thick enough .
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:04 AM
The only thing I know for certain is that old chrome has to be stripped before new chrome can be applied. There are several methods to do this. I have soaked the parts in laundry bleach to remove chrome, but there may be better methods. Use the forum search function to search for 'striping chrome', and you should get some solutions.

As for your other questions, it would be best to email the people providing the chrome plating service. They may have specific requirements, and will have additional information on how to best prepare your parts, shipping info, etc. They should be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

There are several people providing this service, though the only that comes to mind right now is Chrome Tech USA. I have never sent parts for chroming, but I have been thinking about it. If you do, let us know how you made out, the cost, and the quality of the finished product, etc.

...then there is always Alclad chrome paint.

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Trevor

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  • From: Umea Sweden
Posted by Force on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:55 AM
Castrol Super Clean does a great job on removing chrome, it even removes the underlying basecoat.
Just soak the chromed parts in CSC for an hour or so and you'll allmost see the chrome disappear.

Håkan Persson Sweden

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 12:17 PM
Chrome Tech USA is the best there is. 99% of the GSL and NNL top builders has there stuff done from them.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:06 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by SCH3

Chrome Tech USA is the best there is. 99% of the GSL and NNL top builders has there stuff done from them.


I must not be a top builder or maybe I'm that other 1%.

I have my stuff done by Chrome-+ in Quebec. ,,Just easier for me than sending it to the States.

They ask you to put the parts on a frame that's 6in by 8in. You can make one from an old coat hanger and some old kit sprue. Just open up the hanger and rebend it into a 6X8 rectangle and attach the sprues across it by tieing them with wire. Most companys will also do parts loose but charge more for the extra work of attaching them to frames

Strip and clean you'r parts,,also this is a perfect time to remove any mold lines or seams and do any modifying to the parts. I can usually get around 6 to 8 sets of bumpers and grills plus some smaller peices like valve covers and wheels on there each time. Remember to face everything to one side only.

Last time I sent some it was around 15 Canadian to do a tree plus about the same for shipping so it works out to 4 or 5 bucks a car. A good deal,I think. I don't have the address right here but he used to have ads in S.A.

Where you'r in the States you'd be better off using Chrome Teck or "The little Motor Car Company" [ right name??] though and they may have other requirements so it's best to check first.
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:01 AM
Thanks for the detailed info, Steve. I knew there was a place in Quebec, but I hadn't heard of them in awhile and wasn't sure they were still in business.

I just did a quick search and didn't find any info. Do you have a web address or email address for them, or other contact info?

Thanks

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Trevor

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:03 PM
chrometech isn't that great

that guy is just a middle man and sends your stuff off to a commercial plater. If a parts falls off your rack or comes up missing...good luck finding it!!

Little Motor Kar Co. out of PA get's my chrome business...they are small and offer a more personal service then any other platers i've dealt with.
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  • From: Thomasville, Ga.
Posted by FreightTrain on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:36 PM
Interesting comments about the chroming process...I have a large collection of parts and some of them date way back to the early 70s that I need chromed but, have been putting off for a number of years until somebody tells it like it should be. I have heard good comments about The Little Kar Motor Company and almost nothing about Chrome-tech but, Chrome-tech does send you very clear instructions about cleaning, sanding and mounting the parts. One thing that is very clear, sand the parts with high grit sandpaper such as 1000 and higher for that more chrome and shine look. It seems that cloth sandpaper would do a better job than paper. You MUST remove all the scratches cause they will show up on the new chrome. Little Kar Motor Company use to advertise in Scale Auto mag. but, not anymore and Iam told they still do chrome work. This is the only email addy I can get about them, littlemotorkarco@verizon.net
Good luck and let us know how it was for you.
Jeff
~ Jeff Scott ~ "Have You Driven A Ford ... Lately?"
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:40 AM
i wouldn't sand my parts at all...

one thing you CAN do...is if your part is a little rough, clearcoat it first. works great. especially on resin parts
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:43 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by jeff01

Little Kar Motor Company use to advertise in Scale Auto mag. but, not anymore and Iam told they still do chrome work. This is the only email addy I can get about them, littlemotorkarco@verizon.net
Good luck and let us know how it was for you.
Jeff

i've got their order form if you want me to email it to you.

here's the contact informatin that I have...

Little Motor Kar Co.
203 Linda Lane
Reading, PA 19606
Phone/FAX (610) 779-1462
E Mail <littlemotorkarco@talon.net>


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  • From: Thomasville, Ga.
Posted by FreightTrain on Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:10 AM
Thanks for the information 1ofaknd. Thumbs Up
Jeff
~ Jeff Scott ~ "Have You Driven A Ford ... Lately?"
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Posted by Camarocook on Friday, February 14, 2020 6:24 AM

GPERZERK
Tongue has any one tryed any of the plating companys out there? Im looking at one in the adds in the back of this mag.( chrome plating services) questions i have are : can all small parts be glued togther to make the one part to be chrome? and if so what type of glue would i use? ( i use ca type and testors) How do i attach parts to the sprues ? can chrome parts be rechrome without having to stip off the old? I have a couple of older kits wear the plastic color bleeded throu or the chrome wasnt thick enough .
 

[quote user="GPERZERK"]Tongue has any one tryed any of the plating companys out there? Im looking at one in the adds in the back of this mag.( chrome plating services) questions i have are : can all small parts be glued togther to make the one part to be chrome? and if so what type of glue would i use? ( i use ca type and testors) How do i attach parts to the sprues ? can chrome parts be rechrome without having to stip off the old? I have a couple of older kits wear the plastic color bleeded throu or the chrome wasnt thick enough .

 

[[quote user="GPERZERK"]Tongue has any one tryed any of the plating companys out there? Im looking at one in the adds in the back of this mag.( chrome plating services) questions i have are : can all small parts be glued togther to make the one part to be chrome? and if so what type of glue would i use? ( i use ca type and testors) How do i attach parts to the sprues ? can chrome parts be rechrome without having to stip off the old? I have a couple of older kits wear the plastic color bleeded throu or the chrome wasnt thick enough .

 

I've tried Little Model Car Comapny chrome plating and I was very dissapointed. Not only was it very expensive but they did poor work.  Many of the parts were not plated correctly and whne I complained  they stated "We are not in the habit of replating".  My advice is to avoid Little Model car Company all to gether.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:49 PM

Get a can of Molotow burner chrome.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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