Chrome plating is a common technique of electroplating chromium onto a metal or plastic object. When applied to plastic surfaces, the chrome is generally intended to be decorative, and is primarily applied for aesthetic purposes.

Before the innovative vacuum metalizing process was developed, objects made of non-conductive materials like plastic and fiberglass couldn’t be electroplated. This process opened a new dimension of style for motorcycle and automobile enthusiasts.

Chrome plating motorcycle parts made of plastic are a bit more complex than chrome plating metal parts, but the end result produces a protective, hard-shell finish, that’s as pleasing to the eye as chromed metal. However, vacuum metalizing doesn’t render the same durability or corrosive resistance that metal chroming does. When finished, plastic chrome plating pieces appear to be identical to metal pieces that have been electroplated with chrome.

If you’ve noticed a motorcycle or automobile that appeared to be “chromed out”, it’s likely that you were looking at several pieces of chromed plastic.

Classic Components, Inc. offers traditional electroplating on plastic and magnesium parts. We can handle almost any part, including automotive center caps, chrome plating motorcycle parts and magnesium engine covers.

3 Responses to How Plastic Chrome Plating Motorcycle Parts Works

  1. David Warren says:

    I have a Harley Bagger with plastic vents on the lower fairing.
    I was inquiring to see if you can chrome these plastic parts, and what the cost would be per side?
    I think this could be a great opportunity for us baggers!

  2. Arthur says:

    First, where are you located and second I would like to chrome the bumpers of my 2009 Acura MDX. (front and rear)


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