Gary Glass

Stop and think for a moment about what parts of any given classic car are timeless, are renewable, and act to individualize the car? If you guessed chrome accessories like the hood ornament and emblems, you’d be right.

Chrome features are highly desirable by collectors, and with the right knowledge about chrome restoration, you can keep these chrome features in tip-top shape to add value to your classic car and maintain its’ historical authenticity.

Of course, no part of a car is designed to last forever. Consider classic auto restoration to give your car the most value and collector desirability at sale. Restoration is a rewarding process that allows older vehicles to have their most beautiful parts restored to look and run like they did when new, if not better.

What Does Restoration Entail?

Obviously, restoration is about more than just shining it up and putting new tires on it, but classic car restoration can mean different things to different people.

Some usually take the process to mean taking a classic car completely apart to repair and replace anything and everything sub-par and then reassembling to create a car restored to its’ original condition off the assembly line. To others, restoration can mean fixing up the classic car to resurrect it, but stopping short of completely disassembling the car. And, then there are the restorative modifiers that do a full restoration and add a few perks, such as air conditioning or modern transmissions.

Which approach you take will largely depend on how much time, money, and effort you are able to put into the restoration. It will also depend on your motive for restoring the classic car – sale, auction, personal hobby, shows and contests, or as part of a larger historical collection. Most classic car owners interested in sale will aim to be as historically accurate as possible for collection and value purposes.

How To Restore Chrome Features

Rust and corrosion is the vintage car collector’s archenemy. When the chrome plating is worn or scratched, the base metal is exposed to the elements and rust begins to form. The chrome plating then bubbles and begins to flake as the rust ruins the base metal.

So, what do you do?

You can try cleaning and polishing first, but moderate to severe rust and corrosion likely won’t be solved by cleaning and polishing. In this case, you can contact a professional to see if the chrome is a replating candidate.

2 Responses to What to Consider in Classic Auto Restoration Chrome Plating

  1. I would like a show quality chrome job on my exhaust pipes. The motorcycle I own is a 1982 Harley shovelhead, completly restored and mostly chromed. The exhaust pipes I buy are limited and poorly chromed. Can you rechrome new exhaust pipes or old it does not matter. I am looking for a good chrome job.

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