While many people might think that chrome plating is as simple as dipping an item in a vat full of chrome, a lot more than that goes into this process. The chroming process generally starts with completely polishing and buffing the surface of the item. After that is done, the item is cleaned and dipped in acid.

If the item is made out of aluminum, it has to undergo a process that is called “zincating”, and a layer of copper plating is applied to the item as well. In order to get “Show Chrome”, a very reflective kind of chrome plating, the copper must also be perfectly buffed, cleaned and acid dipped, then plated with more copper. Finally, the item is rinsed and 2 to 3 different kinds of nickel plating are applied. All of this is completed before any chrome plating is ever done.

If you hire automotive rechroming services to help with your classic auto restoration, a lot of additional work is involved. The old chrome and nickel has to be striped and removed completely. If the chrome plated item was originally made out of aluminum, the copper has to be stripped out as well.

The surface has to be polished and all scratches and blemishes removed, otherwise these defects will show up on the finished product. Finally a layer of copper is applied, that’s “mush buffed” in order to fill all crater and tiny pits, and the chroming process can now begin.

Sometimes with classic auto restoration, it’s more expensive to restore the original part than it is to find a replacement. It’s really a matter of preference, but if you are looking to restore the original part to its original splendor, a rechroming service may be what you’re looking for.

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