Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)

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stoxman22
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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In the last 12 months I have had quite a number of items chromed and the results are as follows...

RSChrome Failsworth Manchester. This is not too far from me so I dropped off the parts from a Clubmaster. They took just over 4 months to turn the items round and did tell me on two occasions they were done, only to find they were not when I tried to collect. The finish was very good and cost £150 inc Vat. Turn round was affected by Covid I must point out.

Next came Castle Chrome in Dudley and they took a full 6 Months to do some parts for a Merkur. Cost £120 plus postage. The finish is better than RS. It feels like there is a good coat of metal on the parts.

I have this week sent some parts for a Spinning Wheels and another Clubmaster to ACF Howell in Walsall. They advertise in car mags so I am hoping they will do a good job. They have done an estimate of £150 plus vat and postage from photos I sent and have said 12 weeks. We will see if that hold true.
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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I used AFC Howell in the past, but not for many years. They were more expensive than most, but would plate aluminium (through another company), so I used them for that. The last job was a Jennings, for a customer. As expected, it took months, and the customer kept hassling for it, so I said I'd let him know as soon as Howell let me know. When I did, he went and collected it himself, then claimed the chrome was flaking and refused to pay. He also refused to show me pictures of it, return it, and (eventually) answer the phone. Not wanting to fall out with Howell, I paid for the work, put it down to experience, and didn't pursue it through small claims. Some time after, Howell's ali plater ceased trading, so I had to go elsewhere.
pauljt71
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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pennymachines wrote: Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:16 pm I used AFC Howell in the past, but not for many years.
I used these about 3 years ago for hubcap rechroming. They said 3 months, then lost them, then found them, before doubling original quote. Got them back after 6 months and within a further 6 months they started to rust 😢
tallstory
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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For my latest project I used ChromeFix. Although they quoted 2 to 3 weeks, it was nearer 6 weeks before the parts were returned. From what others have said, that sounds pretty good. They use cyanide based copper plating which means they can plate alloy as well as steel and brass. They weren't cheap but did a good job.
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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You lot in the Midlands are spoilt for choice, bugger all down south unfortunately :!?!:
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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Spoilt for choice perhaps, but not necessarily by the results it would appear.
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Re: Re-chromed shiny bits

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I've transferred the newly mentioned companies and all relevant comments to Services in the hope that it's a useful resource for others looking for a decent plating service.
slotsoffun
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Re: Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)

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Having followed various techniques and methods and inventions since mid-80s (various car magazines had articles on said subject, Chroming!) even after 35 years no one (not even 3M) have managed to invent a simple spray for domestic users to achieve true chrome finishes, trust me, I've tried every home kit, 12volt kit, every spray can method (never trust the colour of the cap!!!).
I would say that if after all these years no chemical or scientific method for home users has been able to come close to proper chrome look then I doubt it's gonna happen!!!!!
However.... my idea is this! Chrome wrap (I don't mean the Sugarhill Gang rap), the special chrome vinyl wrap used to wrap entire cars. On YouTube many videos of companies who wrap an entire BMW with a genuine chrome wrap, car bumpers, door and wing mirrors, wiper blade arms and more... I'm sure someone here could try rubbing down a simple Jennings or Mills cabinet and wrapping it to give a perfect chrome finish (if it's good enough for top of the range BMWs it'll be fine for a little old slot machine!). Watch a YouTube video or two as there is a knack to putting this on, but if it can cope with the curves of a car bodywork I'm sure slot castings are a breeze! Well, that's my idea sorted... Who's gonna be 1st to try it? :lol:
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Re: Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)

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Lesley Judd, I imagine...
dirk55
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Re: Electroplating (chrome, nickel etc.)

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For those who live in the Manchester area I use Leigh metal polishing in Swinton.
They have done some really good work for me over the years.
The bm co cresta run door parts were done 2 years ago at a cost of £60 and 3 week turn around. The fill em up ball gallery plate also cost £60 this was done a few months ago 4 weeks turn around
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