Looks real good - can't wait to see the finished product! Did you have any of the manufacturer applied sanding to deal with, and if so, how did you deal with it? Did you use a primer on the end caps, or is the chrome coat self priming?
Our project has come to a halt for now, it is just too hot and too humid - lots of rain and the sun is directly overhead providing few opportunities for shade. We'll resume when it starts to cool off and dry up...Geo...