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DIY Chrome

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  1. viltorekon
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    Has anyone had any success chrome plating the brushed aluminum and cast parts on your bike (i.e. switch housings, master cylinder)? I haven't seen any chrome OEM housings on the market although I HAVE seen the chrome covers, but they look like.... well, covers.

  2. Tacgtriwer
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    Yes, you can plate aluminum. At the plating shop where I used to work we did a lot of nickel chrome on aluminum.

    It may or may not be affordable.

    Call around to the plating shops in your area, maybe some will run you a deal just to stay in bidness until the economy turns.

    An easier finish to use on Aluminum is Anodizing. And its probably going to be easier to find a plating shop that handles this finish than the Chrome.

    Anodizing opens up the colors of the rainbow, it can look really cool and protect well.

  3. viltorekon
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    Thanks for the info Tacgtriwer. I'll check with my local guys and post an update here later.

    Never gave anodizing a thought, but the ability to match colors might be kind of interesting...

  4. viltorekon
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    Out of curiousity... with so many blacked out Customs and Midnight Silverados on the road, has anyone pursued "Black Chrome" parts or plating?

  5. roukhriter8
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    I saw a chopper with black chrome back in the summer. It looked good. At first I thought the pipes had some serious heat on them.

  6. bkman
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    There is a place, I believe in South Florida, SPS CHrome. They supposedly will plate almost anything you send to them with Chrome, Gold, Copper and other metals. I haven't used them yet, but was planning to send them a bracket from my Cobra exhaust that I think looks ugly in black (which is how it came from the factory). Their website appears to be down right now (hopefully they haven't gone under) but they had a price list for all the common motorcycle parts they did (rims, brackets, calipers, etc.) and the prices were not that bad. I'd post the link, but it doesn't work. Do a search for SPS Chrome.

  7. viltorekon
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    Tacgtriwer,

    Found a local shop that has done a number of custom bikes in the Portland area

    starbrightchromeplating.com/

    Thanks for the input.

  8. Tacgtriwer
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    Glad to hear you found a shop. When I left the metal finishing industry 5 years ago, it was a tossup if decorative chrome would be within the range of the average individual anymore. Bad stuff, and Uncle Sammy is all over it.

    When you get your parts done, snap a few pics and put them up, I love to see others shineys!!

  9. Contor2
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    If you would like to try a DIY kit, check out: caswellplating.com/

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