Gary Glass

At Classic Chrome Plating, we are often asked if plastic chrome plating is available for vehicles that are made from plastic or other materials. The truth is that today, there are light weight and flexible automobile solutions that automakers are using that make chrome plating car parts that are no longer traditionally made from metal important.

What Materials Can be Electroplated

With chrome plating, you do end up with a metallic look that is eye catching and stunning. This is different from plastic trim, which serves the purpose of protection, but doesn’t offer the elegance and charm that chrome offers. Fortunately, all materials can be electroplated, which means that you can cover that plastic trim in chrome. However, you cannot do it in the same manner you’d traditionally do it, since they are not conductive to electricity.

Chrome Plating Plastic Parts

For plastic, the process begins with chromic acid and an industry blend of chemicals being placed over the plastic. A layer of copper is then applied over this, as it allows for thermal expansion to take place. Next, a couple of nickel layers are done and then a base layer of chrome is added in. An authentic layer of chrome that adheres perfectly to the vehicle follows this.

This means you can experience the breathtaking beauty of the chrome, without having to worry about the plastic that lies underneath. If you are ready to transform the exterior of your vehicle and add some elegance and charm to it, then contact the experts at Classic Chrome Plating today. Our team of professionals will help you to properly plate your vehicle, so that the chrome looks factory installed, without the price tag that would otherwise be associated with the process.

Gary Glass

Rims that have been chrome plated are increasing in popularity all the time because they are attractive and reflective. When they are new, they look attractive and nearly perfect in every detail. Once they’ve begun to wear the glamor is gone and in its place is a veritable eyesore that needs to be corrected.

What causes the deterioration of chrome wheels?

The normal wear and tear that takes place on the roadway is just one reason that your gorgeous chrome wheels begin to show signs of decay. Chrome rims are plated, not painted so they are more difficult to refinish and may wear down more rapidly.

What happens is that when you are driving, gravel or stones from the roadway is kicked up and it hits the wheels, causing small abrasions to take place. The abrasions take place in the barrel of the rim as well as on the face of it. On top of that the movement of the tire on the rim will cause deterioration too. Even more, salt on the roadway takes away from it too.

Repair Your Chrome Wheels

Repairing chrome wheels or chrome rim repair is possible, and if you catch them in time the odds are good that it won’t be as expensive as you thought it might be. Rim repair starts with sand blasting, shot blasting and then smoothing out the damages that have taken place Once that is done, you’ll get the wheels replated with copper and zinc so that the chrome will hold and then the chrome is added over the top.

All on all there isn’t a great deal of cost that goes into the repair of your chrome wheels. Chrome rim repair is fairly cost effective and it can be done relatively quickly. Bear in mind that the faster you catch the damage the less cost and time will be incurred by you when it comes time for the repair.