Have you noticed the custom projects on the streets lately? Car and motorcycle owners are taking creativity to the next level. Chrome by itself is highly decorative. When paired with candy chrome for rims and parts, your car or motorcycle can take on a whole new look. There’s unlimited potential to create the style you want.

Recently, a chromed Porsche 911 GT2 was filmed in London. The chrome wrap on the body of the car gives it a pristine shine while the candy chrome red wheels and parts stand out.

Here’s some recent projects we’ve completed that you can use to spark inspiration for your project:

Robert’s Triumph Thunderbird

Robert’s Triumph Thunderbird is spectacular even without chrome. With chrome wheels, the look of the entire bike comes together as impressive to view. Robert was happy with the work. Adding the chrome plating to the rims was the key to the shine and beauty his Thunderbird displays now.

Wheeler Dealers 1952 Desoto Firedome

We were so honored to work with the team at Wheeler Dealers. Host, Mike Brewer and his team visited us with several parts. We restored the front and rear bumpers, bezels from the taillights, and parts of the grill. Our own sales manager, Mike Sickels, discussed the chrome plating process on the show. The end result was a beautiful chromed out Desoto.

Mini Cooper Chrome Project

Who says classic cars are the only ones that need chrome? Rod M. brought us his wheels and parts to chrome. His blue, Mini Cooper shines in Ventura County with this recent chrome project.
If you’re looking for a custom chrome plating and powder coating job for your project that is exactly what we do. Bring us your parts and wheels and we’ll take care of the rest.


Although the auto industry is the biggest consumer of chrome plating, it is not the only industry that uses this process. Household industries have started to use chrome for fixtures and furniture. With new finishes available, chrome has become more popular on household items in recent years.

What Makes Chrome Plating So Popular?

Chrome plating makes nearly everything nicer to look at. It’s attractive as it catches the eye with its shine. It also has a functional use for households, automobiles, and motorcycles. It’s also durable. With chrome coating, the part or rim can resist everyday wear and tear more than an unprocessed part.

Chrome Plating Project

Some of our recent projects have included different items other than motorcycle or automotive parts for chrome plating. We recently chromed a trophy’s molded urethane parts. It was part of a design idea to make the trophy look like a cross section of the railroad track. The chrome plated trophy was for the Hurley Pro surf contest.

What Custom Chrome Project Do You Have In Mind?

Chrome plating can be applied to nearly anything from metal to plastic. Many car and motorcycle parts we receive are plastic. If you want to customize your ride, consider getting parts chrome plated. The process will plate plastic as well as metal.

What project do you have in mind? Tell us and let us know what you want chrome plated. If you have a design idea or just want a little extra shine to your parts, we can do the job for you.


It is no accident that Classic Components and our subsidiary South Bay Chrome have over 75 years of combined chrome plating services experience. We have been providing a top quality product along with outstanding customer service since 1986. Since then, we have continued to improve our processes and introduce new services, including a wheel exchange program and a broad selection of finishing services such as black chrome, candy chrome and powder coating.

The surface condition of the component to be plated is critical to achieving top quality plating results. From wheels to suspension components and engine accessories, we first address any imperfections in the surface of the product – welding, filling and completely resurfacing and polishing the surface as needed. Our chrome plating process is composed of 24 steps, including multiple layers of semi-bright and bright nickel, copper and chromium. This ensures you are receiving the best quality, most durable plating job possible. Black Chrome is plated with the same process but with a different final black stage added.

We also apply chrome plating to a wide variety of products – even plastics. Of all items that we handle, wheels are the most common. To ensure quick turnaround for our customers, we have dedicated preparation and plating facilities for wheels that maximizes throughput while maintaining the highest quality. And to save even more time for motorcycle wheels, we offer a wheel exchange program. We stock over 300 sets of chrome motorcycle wheels – just send your wheels to us, and we will ship a new chrome set to you the next business day.

Of course, much of our work is custom – you send us your parts and we prepare them and apply the plating. We provide full chrome plating restoration service such as welding, filling and repair. We will undertake just about any project you send us – from bicycles to Porsches, from small interior parts to bumpers. We perform all work in-house and can control quality accordingly. Be aware of other companies who portray themselves to be actual plating shops but really subcontract out their work. This increases the chance of your parts being misplaced and processed improperly at substandard quality.

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