Developments in Electroplating of Plastics

Elecroplating Services on Car Fin Spoiler

The problem with electroplating onto plastics is they are not electrically conductive and can’t be put into a plating solution using the same process as metal. A method using a conductive film capable of being deposited onto the surface of the plastic was required. The surface layer had to adhere well with the substrate for good adhesion to be achieved.

The Process

Electroplating Plastic Services on Wheels
Many improvements and refinements have been made to the process for plating on plastics but the basic technology is still the same. Chrome electroplating services have advanced as well. The first step in the process is using a chromic acid based solution to ensure adhesion. The excess chromic acid is neutralized.

The surface of the plastic is activated with palladium and tin salts. The surface is then coated with copper or nickel with the use of an electroless plating solution. The plastic can now be coated with conventional technology.

The Metals

Originally copper was followed with a thin layer of nickel. Now only thin nickel was required since the surface was not subject to corrosion. There have also been two extremely significant developments regarding the technology used for chromium electroplating. This has highly improved the quality of plastics that have been electroplated.

Corrosion Resistance
Electroplated Plastic Services on Car Engine
A double layer nickel system with an under layer that is semi-bright combined with a nickel topcoat greatly improves the resistance to corrosion. The corrosion resistance on a single layer of nickel with the same thickness was much lower. A micro discontinuous chromium system that has a layer of chromium with a micro cracked structure or a system that is microporous increases the resistance to corrosion even more.

A double layer of nickel combined with micro discontinuous chromium is specified for all electroplated plastics that will be used in severe environments. For all additional questions please consult with a law firm.


The 2 Different Types of Chrome Plating

Chrome Plating on Ford Truck – Classic Car

Chrome plating refers to the process of using electrochemical attraction to apply a layer of metal to the surface of another metal, all in an immersion bath and is only practical on steel or metallic components. Chrome is applied as a final coat since nickel is mostly used in the actual plating.

Chrome plating typically goes through these stages:

  1. Manual cleaning to remove all traces of dirt, grease and surface impurities. The entire process starts with polishing and buffing. De-plating must be done if the parts had been plated before just to remove the old plating.
  2. Using powerful lathes and other tools to polish the part to a high sheen. The parts are then baked to remove any “hydrogen embrittlement” which may have been generated in plating.
  3. A masking tape is used and cut precisely in areas which require to remain exposed. The area to be painted is blasted, frosting the chrome surface to increase paint adhesion.
  4. Edges are trimmed accurately with a knife.

Types of Chrome Plating

Chrome Plating On Car Shops

There are two different types of chrome plating:

1. Decorative chrome – Which normally involves plating nickel before the chrome is plated. It is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and durable at the same time. The chrome usually adds a bluish cast which protects it against tarnish at the same time minimizing scratching. Thickness range in millionths of an inch rather than thousandths.

2. Hard chrome plating – Also known as functional chrome plating or engineering chrome plating. It is usually applied to items that are made of steel. It is not necessarily decorative but of a metallic appearance that can be shiny.

Definition of Related Chrome Plating Terms

There is no difference between chrome plating, chrome electroplating, chrome dipping or chroming as all imply to the same thing. Chrome plating shops only use electroplating to create the chrome coating and they never just dip the material into molten chrome plating compounds.

As discussed above is only the basics of chrome plating which is usually a broad topic of study, for more information do contact our law firm immediately to get further assistance.


For a cruise motorbike fanatic, having shiny and impressive chrome wheels on their ride is one of the top priorities. If you are riding the 2017 Harley Davidson Bagger, the chances are that you are already considering the stock fittings with the alloy wheels. As it can be an expensive affair, most of the people have second thoughts.

However, if you go for our chrome motorcycle wheel exchange, it doesn’t have to be that hard on your pocket. The dealers these days offer easy wheel exchange program that enables the motorbike owner to replace their wheel at a price much lesser than the market price in return for the wheels currently fitted to their bike. It is a win-win situation for both the dealer and the bike owner.

How to go about the wheel exchange program?

• You can contact us and let them know the wheel you have chosen and have deposited the core amount. Once that is done, we would ship you the chrome motorcycle wheel of your choice. As soon as we receives your wheel in good condition, the core money is deposited back into your account.
• Alternatively, you can also choose to send your wheel first to us. In this case, it is essential to mention while ordering the wheel that you wish to go for an exchange. We would send you the chrome wheel of your choice the next working day. It is suggested that buyer calls us and reserve the wheel of their choice in advance for hassle free and quick delivery.

Things to note when going for exchange program

• It is mandatory for the customers to mention in the order form before purchase that they wish to go for the exchange.
• There is a small additional fee levied above the standard chrome plating service for the exchange service.
• The wheels of the same bike model, year of manufacturing and model can be exchanged that are not damaged and haven’t been chrome plated already.
Contact us today if you wish to go for the chrome motorcycle wheel exchange program. We would guide you appropriately to find the best wheel for your new Harley Davidson Bagger 2017 or any other cruiser bike for that matter, without costing you a fortune.


Classic Cars You Can Restore on a Budget

Classic Car Chrome Plating Restoration

You’re ready to invest in a car restoration project but have had a few financial setbacks. Before you give up hope, consider the following top four classic cars for chrome plating restoration:

The Chevy Impala

Chevy Impala Chrome Plating Restoration
The redesign of the Chevy Impala in 1965 proved to be a brilliant sales move. Early Impala models range in price from $1,500 – $10,000 and have great suspension and braking parts.

Ford Replaces the Falcon with the Maverick

Ford quickly decided to upgrade the Maverick model with a 210hp 302 option in 1971. The 302cu V-8 on the Maverick is one of the most popular engines in America and has countless modification potential. The Maverick ranges in price from $1,500 – $3,500 and makes a worthy opponent in autocross and road racing venues due to its Global West produced tubular control arms.

The Dodge Challenger: A Classic Ponycar

The Dodge Challenger’ luxurious interior and larger wheelbase became an instant hit among more affluent buyers when it was introduced in 1970. The restoration of the less expensive, less popular ’72-’74 models are good alternatives when investing in a project car and will range in price from $2,500 – $15,000. The big-block Hemi isn’t included on the ’73 and ’74 models and the ’74s don’t have a six-cylinder engine. On the plus side, there are more than enough modification options for the engine.

The Popular Chevy Nova

By 1968, Novas were designed with a front bottom frame similar to a full-framed car. The X-body platform was also incorporated in 1968, which used the same front suspension as the ’67-69 Camaro, until 1979. Many Novas come with small-blocks from the factory and are compatible with Chevy big-blocks. Novas range in price from $1,500 – $4,500, are easy to modify, and relatively lightweight. Ask for a consultation if you have questions about chrome plating restoration here.


The Process And Advantages of Powder Coating

Powder coating began in North America 30 years ago. Since then it has become the quickest growing technology used for finishing in the United States. The application is done electrostatically with a charge to the particles of powder. They are then directly applied to the surface of the metal. Once the powder has adhered it is put into a curing oven. The powder melts, cures and bonds to the surface and becomes a coating that is high in quality, durable and has a uniform finish. The finish is a lot tougher than regular paint and is safer for the environment. Powder coating motorcycle wheels is accomplished the same way.

Advantages of Powder Coating

The coatings have numerous color and finishing options. The selection of textures will hide imperfections in the surface as well as extending the life of the product. The coating is also resistant to rust, corrosion, scratches and temperatures. Since disposal, shipping and replacement are not required powder coating will save you money. These benefits are extremely important when powder coating motorcycle parts. Cleaning the coating as well as maintenance is easy and simple.

The Cleaning Process

Regular cleaning is required to keep the shiny appearance of the coating. Corn starch is the best substance to use when cleaning off oily fingerprints. A wipe down once a week with soap and water is highly recommended. After the coating is clean the use of carnauba wax will keep the finish looking fresh. Do not use gritty polishes and cleaners made for wheels since they may cause the finish to dull.

Powder coating should not come in contact with acetone-based solvents, brake fluid, battery acids, carburetor cleaners or contact cleaners as they can dissolve some of the coating. Arranging to have a consultation about powder coating to answer any questions you may have is recommended.


Chrome plating wheels can enhance the value and looks of your vehicle. The difference between a run of the mill chrome plating service and top of the line service is the ability to chrome a variety of wheel styles. We chrome most after market and original equipment wheels. We may be able to help you with special styles such as two-piece wheels-give us a call. Re-chroming wheels is an option.

What Are OEM Wheels?

O.E.M. (Original Equipment Manufacturers) wheels are quality products that companies such as BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz stake their reputation on. Millions of dollars in research and development ensures quality that meets government standards. High customer expectations and the reputation of the brand depend on the safety and dependability of the product. You can depend on factory (OEM) wheels to perform on your car day in and day out.

What Are Chrome OEM Wheels?

Chrome OEM wheels are generally steel wheels that have been plated. Often there are several different metals plated in succession with the final layer being chrome. This gives the OEM chrome wheel a bright mirror like finish. If the wheel is damaged then the repair process will include re-chroming. This can lead to a heavier wheel and may affect performance.

Use Caution with After Market Wheels

Many after market manufacturers produce replacements that may look attractive. Use caution since many are made of inferior materials. Although they claim to use the same materials many use weaker thinner aluminum and cannot support the weight of the automobile. We have seen many of these products bend and crack. Use extreme caution if you choose after market products.

OEM Polished Wheels

Another attractive option is OEM polished wheels. These wheels are carefully sanded and polished aluminum. This shiny colorful finish is quite attractive but is less durable due to the lack of a protective coating. We can repair this by sanding and polishing. The cost is less than chrome plating wheels and maintains weight and performance.

Regular maintenance is required for all types of wheels to keep appearance and prevent corrosion. The polished wheels will require more attention since they do not have a protective coating.

Classic Chrome Plating has over 75 years of combined experience. As a nationwide leader our projects been featured in television and magazines. Our 24-step process ensures you receive top notch quality show finish on motorcycles, automotive and classic car chrome plating. Our superior customer service makes it easy. Contact us today.


Black Chrome Plating Bumper Automotive Parts

Classic Chrome Plating announces the expansion to their black chrome plating services to apply black chrome to parts up to 6’ in length. The new expansion in service applies black chrome to the longer parts and can reach areas that are hard to chrome plate.

True Black Chrome is Black

Black Chrome Plating Rims

Black chrome has been around for quite some time, and still most people are unaware that it isn’t really chrome at all. What most people are getting is nickel plating that’s been oxidized to give the appearance of black chrome. Many people driving around with black chrome wheels are really sporting a dark nickel plate with a brown or yellow hue. It does only until improper maintenance exposes the nickel through further oxidation does the discoloration reveal the truth.

Black Chrome – An Alternative to Standard Chrome

Black Chrome Plating Wheels

Despite the cost in repairing inferior plating, motorcycle and automotive enthusiasts continue to get duped by imitations claiming to be black chrome. This plating offers up an alternative to traditional chrome. It can accentuate small details on a vehicle, placing its qualities on display without falling victim to weather concerns like inferior plating does. But to make sure they’re getting the full benefit, customers need to be assured that they’re not being deceived when customizing their vehicles. For those who want true black chrome plating, Classic Chrome Plating is now offering the real thing.Black Chrome Plating Services

Advantages of CCI Black Chrome:

Unlike oxidized nickel finishes, black chrome doesn’t require clear coats that will eventually discolor or succumb to scratches. This makes areas that are hard to reach and parts not typically plated to have a lasting appearance uncommonly applied. And for those already plated by nickel or other finishes, black chrome can be applied after partial stripping without


or the need for replacement, provided that the parts in question are in good operating condition.

Black Chrome Plating Services

Classic Chrome Plating now has black chrome plating for parts, swing arms, frames, and wheels. Prices for our services are available on our website, though all parts other than wheels carry an additional 40% charge over traditional chrome plating.

To get started plating your automobile or motorcycle in black chrome, contact us at (888) 327-4189 or fill out our contact form.



New Chrome Wheels Made For A Very Happy Client

A customer wrote about their experience with us in the Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club newsletter. Here’s what they have to say:

Getting Chrome Wheels

Rechroming Wheels with Curb Rash
Deanie and I wanted to rechrome the wheels on Deanie’s 2007 XJ8L sedan. In every concours we entered in Deanie’s XJ8L, we were docked for the curb rash on all five wheels. Although we couldn’t figure how the previous owner curbed all the wheels, even the spare, we decided to have the wheels fixed and rechromed.




I called Frank Oakley right here in Denver only to find out he does not offer a chroming service. I tried Colorado Springs since they were recommended and found out there was a wait of a couple months. Finally, I found Classic Chrome Plating online and they could take care of all five of the wheels for $800 plus shipping. About half of what the other places wanted. I figured that was a great deal.

Shipping And Chrome Plating Wheels

Chrome Plating Wheels After Wheel Repair & Rechrome

First I had to ship them the wheels. I tried a lot of different kinds of shipping options, but insurance was $150 per wheel so I decided to make the fifteen-hour drive to Los Angeles and save us the cost. It only took ten days to get the wheels back and they were beautiful.

They gave us a great rate and shipped them back for $150 for all five of the chrome plating wheels. Since they have a tank for chroming and EPA regulations are rough, I really recommend them. The can do bumpers and all kinds of chrome parts too. Deanie was sure happy with the way the car looked with those wheels.


How to Add Chrome to Your Harley Wheels

Harley Bagger Custom Chrome Wheels

The price to chrome your Harley depends on the style and size of your bike. How much are you willing to spend? Ensure to put aside enough for what you need to spend.

What Type of Chrome Should You Purchase?

Choosing a perfect chrome package is easy. We have a 24-step process of chrome plating. We also have black chrome and powder coating, known as candy chrome. If you want the mirror-like shine on your wheels, that is the traditional chrome plating process. Black chrome adds a true black color to your wheels. Powder coating can coat your wheels in nearly any color you want.

Motorcycle Wheels – Types and Sizes

Chrome Harley Wheels in Exchange

Popular types of chrome motorcycle rim: laced and spokes, billet aluminum, cruiser motorcycle wheels, chrome Harley wheels, and street motorcycle wheels. Also, the wheel size varies from 16″ to 30″. We also have over 300 brand name wheels in stock already chromed. We offer them in exchange for your non-chromed rims.

Custom Harley Bagger Chrome Plating WheelsShipping Cost

Frankly, shipping costs are usually determined by the weight of the shipmentand how fast you expect your order to be shipped. Normally, we use UPS and have a tracker on the website.

Other Parts and Accessories

We chrome plate just about anything! We can take a look at your motorcycle’s part and see if it is able to take chrome. We also chrome plastic.

Dream about your favorite chromed out design while your money continues to build in your assigned saving account. Expect to spend around the $500 – $15,000 range to chrome the handlebars, custom wheels, exhaust pipes, and other miscellaneous parts. See an accurate list of pricing for chrome Harley wheels.



What Is Powder Coating and How Is It Done?

Powder Coating on Vehicle

What Is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is a substance, which is electrostatically applied, baked on polymer resin finish that is known to be more durable than paint. What makes this substance unique is that it is resistant to weather, scratches and ultraviolet exposure. As a result, it will not peel, flake or fade and will maintain a like-new condition for many years.

By using our multistep process, which includes a phosphorus pretreatment process, filtered spray booths and a variable temperature industrial oven, consumers will be able to get a finish that is at a professional quality at all times. As well as having resistance to light and weather, powder coating is a very environmentally friendly finish as well.

How Powder Coating Differs from Paint

Powder Coating Motorcycle Rims

When comparing powder coating to paint, you must know that this substance is not paint. The substance known as paint has a colored pigment that is suspended in a solution that is wet and then dries up. Once it dries, the molecules of the substances pigment bond with each other to create a skin of paint that is visible on surfaces.

Powder coating is a substance that is made out of pure powder. Instead of being a wet liquid, it is a substance that can be used as a dry finish. With this substance, the particles that become the finish are very small that are made out of polymer resin. The substance has the same texture as flour.

Since powder coating is a dry substance, it is not able to be painted on surfaces like traditional paint. Instead, powder coating is placed on surfaces with a technique known as electrostatic spray deposition.

The particles of powder coating are very dry just like dust, therefore people who use this substance can easily apply it on surfaces without making a mess and waiting for it to dry over time. When using powder coating, people can use one color to spray over a surface over and over again while recycling it.

What this means is that powder coating can be used multiple times until it is uses up 100% of its capacity in a container.

What Makes Powder Coating a Better Option

For a typical motorcycle enthusiast, there are a number of benefits with powder coating. One of the top benefits of powder coating is that it is more durable than wet paint. It is able to withstand the impact of chips, scratches and ultraviolet light exposure.

In fact, this substance will have the color enhanced with sunlight. Using powder coating is ideal for construction because it maintains its color during all seasons and in varying weather conditions. When looking to apply coloring to vehicles such as motorcycles, powder coating is the ideal option to use.

By powder coating motorcycle rims, those who own a vehicle or motorcycle can quickly and easily enhance the appearance of the wheels. To learn more about powder coating and have any of your questions answered, contact us for a free consultation today.