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– Another Happy Customer

Thank you Rod M. for the feedback on this Mini Cooper chrome project:

Thank you for the great job on the wheels as well as extra parts.  I will tell everyone in Ventura County about you as well as give positive feedback online.  Thanks again, Rod @ JM Overhead Door.

OEM Mini wheels plated by Classic Chrome

OEM Mini wheels plated by Classic Chrome

 

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– Nickel Plating Restoration Project

Thank you to Rick W. of Aliso Viejo, CA for the pics and info on this nickel plating restoration project recently completed by Classic Chrome Plating. Rick bought the MotoMeter from an antique store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, via the internet. It came complete, including the original wings which are die cast/pot metal. The meter housing is made of brass. MotoMeter made both a “senior” (large) and “junior” (small) version of this radiator cap. In addition to the re-nickeling done by Classic, the owner had to get a new thermometer as the original thermometer bulb was broken. He doesn’t know the exact year of this meter but believes it to be from 1915-1920. The Boyce MotoMeter was patented in 1912, and was used in automobiles to read the temperature of the radiator. From then through the late 1920s, the company manufactured a variety of different models which varied in size. The MotoMeter Company made slight changes to each of its original models and added new designs to their line of meters and discontinued some others. By 1927 the company was offering a wide variety. Unfortunately, we didn’t take any “before” photos but here is what it looks like now.

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It is no accident that Classic Components and our subsidiary South Bay Chrome have over 75 years of combined chrome plating services experience. We have been providing a top quality product along with outstanding customer service since 1986. Since then, we have continued to improve our processes and introduce new services, including a wheel exchange program and a broad selection of finishing services such as black chrome, candy chrome and powder coating.

The surface condition of the component to be plated is critical to achieving top quality plating results. From wheels to suspension components and engine accessories, we first address any imperfections in the surface of the product – welding, filling and completely resurfacing and polishing the surface as needed. Our chrome plating process is composed of 24 steps, including multiple layers of semi-bright and bright nickel, copper and chromium. This ensures you are receiving the best quality, most durable plating job possible. Black Chrome is plated with the same process but with a different final black stage added.

We also apply chrome plating to a wide variety of products – even plastics. Of all items that we handle, wheels are the most common. To ensure quick turnaround for our customers, we have dedicated preparation and plating facilities for wheels that maximizes throughput while maintaining the highest quality. And to save even more time for motorcycle wheels, we offer a wheel exchange program. We stock over 300 sets of chrome motorcycle wheels – just send your wheels to us, and we will ship a new chrome set to you the next business day.

Of course, much of our work is custom – you send us your parts and we prepare them and apply the plating. We provide full chrome plating restoration service such as welding, filling and repair. We will undertake just about any project you send us – from bicycles to Porsches, from small interior parts to bumpers. We perform all work in-house and can control quality accordingly. Be aware of other companies who portray themselves to be actual plating shops but really subcontract out their work. This increases the chance of your parts being misplaced and processed improperly at substandard quality.

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Wheel Plating, Step-by-Step

At Classic Components, every chrome plating job is show quality. In fact, their projects are frequently seen in car and motorcycle shows from coast to coast. One of their specialties is wheels – re-plating customers’ wheels, and operating a wheel replacement service. Here’s a step-by-step view of a cast aluminum motorcycle wheel being given a shiny new look.

1a. This cast aluminum motorcycle wheel is going to get a shiny new look. The original wheel was partially painted and part natural aluminum finish. Motorcycle wheel painted aluminum
1. In preparation for plating, each wheel is stripped of its paint using a proprietary stripping agent. The wheel is dipped in the paint stripper for 15 to 30 minutes to thoroughly remove the factory finish. Paint removal
2. Next, each wheel is wire-brushed clean and rinsed. This helps prepare the surface for a quality finish. Wheel cleaned and rinsed
3. The raised ribs around the perimeter of the wheel are removed, and the wheel surface is ground and polished to an ultra-smooth finish. This step is critical to the final chrome appearance. Grind and polish
4. The electroplating process involves placing the wheel into an electrolyte solution as the cathode. The donor metal (nickel, copper, or chromium) is attached to the wheel on a special insulated fixture as the anode. The anode electrically charges the wheel to attract the plating metal to the wheel surface. Upon application of current, the plating material is dissolved into the electrolyte and travels from the anode (donor material) to the cathode (the part to be plated). Anode attached to wheel
5. The anode is attached, supplying current and activating the plating process. Current applied at anode
6. Here, an initial “strike” layer of nickel has been applied to the wheel to form a high-quality, compatible base with optimum adhesion for subsequent plating. Strike layer of nickel plating
7. The wheels are electroplated with copper and polished again. The copper fills small imperfections remaining in the surface. Copper plate layer
8. Another layer of nickel plating is applied, giving the wheel a deep shine, as well as an additional protection for longevity. Another nickel plate layer
9. Wheels are turned every 15 to 20 minutes to ensure consistent coverage. Wheels turned during plating for even coverage
10. The parts are electroplated in chromium and then rinsed. Final chrome plating
11. After rinsing, the wheel begins to show its final shine and color. Chrome is actually just a protective coating over the nickel to prevent it from tarnishing. The wheel is cleaned with water and buffed. Final cleaning and buffing
12. The new look! The wheels are ready to be shipped back to the customer. Finished plating

Source: Curt Lout, American Bagger Magazine: http://www.americanbagger.com/