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    Chrome plating

    Anyone have a recent experience of re-chroming. I know a lot depends on condition but I am looking for ball park figureS for bumpers and overriders and front/rear trims and horseshoes.
    John
    1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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    Bumpers seem to be about £3-400 each, no idea about horseshoes etc but i have just spoken to ACF Howell in Walsall who do a lot of classic re-chroming. I'm going to send them some pictures to get a quote.
    Paul - 3 projects, 1 breaker - garage built and housing 2 white Stags. One runs, one doesn't

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      #3
      As regards bumpers, I reckon you might as well get a stainless set - just about the same price compared to rechroming these days
      Sometimes you just need the 2 wheels!

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        #4
        I was at a local show last month. One of the autojumblers had a complete Mk2 Stag rear bumper set for sale at £60, but it needed a complete re-chrome and some minor repairs. I asked if I could take it to S&T (Yate) on a nearby stall for a quote. It came to around £650. As this is 3/4 of the cost of a new s/steel set I took it back to the autojumbler. S&T are a quality outfit who did my front bumper blade a few years ago after it was damaged by a courier van.
        Dave
        1974 Mk2, ZF Auto, 3.45 Diff, Datsun Driveshafts. Stag owner/maintainer since 1989.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mark Serj View Post
          As regards bumpers, I reckon you might as well get a stainless set - just about the same price compared to rechroming these days
          Not everyone wants SS though
          Paul - 3 projects, 1 breaker - garage built and housing 2 white Stags. One runs, one doesn't

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            #6
            Here is a quote from Derby Plating who are amongst the best. Looks like it'll be st st bumpers

            "Thanks for the enquiry.

            I'm guessing that for items 2 and 3 you mean the horseshoe end trims with the upper and lower trims that connect?
            If so as a rough estimate subject to seeing the parts you would be looking around £1,500+vat for the bumpers and overriders and £340+vat for the each of the front and rear set of trims.

            If we can help further please let us know."
            John
            1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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              #7
              John Iíve just had lunch with a mate of mine who has a Cortina mk2 1600 he is restoring. Bumpers, chrome trims and some other bits done for £1,000. Heís going to send me details.
              Paul - 3 projects, 1 breaker - garage built and housing 2 white Stags. One runs, one doesn't

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                #8
                Cheers
                John
                1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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                  #9
                  Just received my front and rear trims and horseshoes back from re-chroming by Castle chrome. Absolutely stunning. At £30 a pop expensive but I know they fit. I question the quality of the chrome plating on new ones given the price they are.They also polished my B post trims.
                  John
                  1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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                    #10
                    I was watching a programme on Quest the other day where an antique dealer called Drew Pritchard who also collects/sells classic cars had some chrome needing re-doing on a Volvo Amazon; He got the whole lot done by a guy who specialises in chrome painting, it’s not chrome at all but a special paint that is applied using a unique method and baked on.
                    it looks the same as chrome but is more durable apparently, quite costly I gather but interesting as an alternative.
                    If I ever see the programme again I’ll see if I can get the name..

                    Cheers
                    Mike

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by JOHNS View Post
                      Just received my front and rear trims and horseshoes back from re-chroming by Castle chrome. Absolutely stunning. At £30 a pop expensive but I know they fit. I question the quality of the chrome plating on new ones given the price they are.They also polished my B post trims.
                      30 quid a pop expensive????

                      I got quotes from 100-$150. I plumped for the $125 one.


                      I did buy a repro wishbone, it didn’t fit! And when I tried to correct it it split... it went right in the bin, however the top and bottom strips seemed ok when I test fitted them. I’ll report back once I fit them if anyone is interested

                      terry
                      Last edited by trunt; 14th February 2020, 18:52.
                      Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

                      www.terryhunt.co.uk

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by mike@thenook View Post
                        I was watching a programme on Quest the other day where an antique dealer called Drew Pritchard who also collects/sells classic cars had some chrome needing re-doing on a Volvo Amazon; He got the whole lot done by a guy who specialises in chrome painting, it’s not chrome at all but a special paint that is applied using a unique method and baked on.
                        it looks the same as chrome but is more durable apparently, quite costly I gather but interesting as an alternative.
                        If I ever see the programme again I’ll see if I can get the name..

                        Cheers
                        I think this may be the process you mean

                        https://www.cosmichrome.com/?gclid=E...iAAEgKRa_D_BwE

                        John
                        1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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                          #13
                          I also watched the programme and thought it looked a superb finish but I don't know what the durability would be like. I'm sure paint wouldn't be as tough as genuine chrome. I wondered at the time if some kind of lacquer coat would be advisable.

                          Richard

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                            #14
                            Still not sure how they electroplate the new door handle bowls but they are superb
                            John
                            1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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                              #15
                              Hello,
                              with my TR6 I used stainless bumpers and am very happy with them. When I took my old bumpers to the rechromer, even he adviced against rechroming. He said that the rust sits between the steel molecules and cannot really be removed. So after some years it comes back.
                              Good luck,
                              Dieter from Germany.

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