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Old 01-15-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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Chrome shops

Well we had a GREAT little chrome shop here in town that shipped stuff down to Mexico to Chrome and back. They did great work, and the price was amazing (say 4 baby moons for 50 bucks including shipping). They folded last year before I could get stuff in.

I'm trying to get the burner covers, stove top, oven handle, chrome control panel behind the knobs and side trim rechromed. Closest place is about 3 hours away and they want over $250 just for the stove top, plus more for the rest. I'm guessing probably $700-800 because the burner trays are pretty rusty.

Pretty obvious that the chrome was rather thin to start, and that people scrubbed these with steel wool and started the process.

Does anyone know of a good chrome shop near them that does reasonable work that I could send pictures to for a ballpark estimate? We just don't have the bucks in this economy to spend that kind of money here locally.

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Old 01-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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I've used two shops for various and sundry parts. One in L.A. and one here in Sacramento . . . both charge pretty outrageous prices, I think they know "we" have very few choices. The last batch I brought in included 6 pieces (oven handle, cooktop trim ring, backing plate for the oven/stove knobs, cap for the license plate light . . . anyway, the guy kind of "glanced at them" and said $375. I kind of gulped hard and said ok . . . and kept it a secret from all interested parties (my wife).
Good Luck, and if you do find a reasonably priced place, let me/us know.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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You should see what I got charged to do all the chrome on my 1958 Buick. 350 is cheap.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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Have you looked into high temp powdercoating?
Heard of very good results, easy maint.

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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Here is a place in Spokane. I used them to re-chrome, actually it was nickle, some air registers in our old house. They did a fantastic job but it was rather spendy. I was referred to them by a guy who is into show cars and they do a lot of his work. I also compared them to another shop here in town and liked their willingness to work with me on my small job.

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find the Harley shops!

The thing to do is to ask at any local Harley Davidson shops in your locale. H-D riders regularly worship The Chrome Fairy, and will have the ins and outs of anyone nearby that does it...
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Here is a place in Spokane. I used them to re-chrome, actually it was nickle, some air registers in our old house. They did a fantastic job but it was rather spendy. I was referred to them by a guy who is into show cars and they do a lot of his work. I also compared them to another shop here in town and liked their willingness to work with me on my small job.

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The silver shine in a chrome finish is nickel. The outer layer is chromium. The initial layer is typically copper.
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Adams Plating CO, 521 N Rosemary Street Lansing, Michigan 517-321-8239, very good work at a very cheap price in 2008.............

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Scott, I used a guy in Mt. Vernon. Very small shop, just two guys, and they were mostly doing Harley stuff. About $250 for my stuff which was the Bargman H-20 door lock, the scare light, a few interior latches, and some other odd bits. Nice guy, very good results, but took a long time.

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El Monte Plating Co. 626 448 3607. I have used them for years on custom plumbing parts. recently in the last year, my 4-moons were $38 plus shipping. EPA laws have changed the entire industry.
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Thanks guys, I'm going to make some calls tomorrow and mail out some pictures. Attached is the current condition.

Bob I've considered powder coat, wasn't sure how well the finish would hold up (as far as dulling etc) and had heard from some sources that once powder coated they can't be recoated, that may be incorrect however. I emailed our local powdercoater this morning to see what they say.

The Spokane shop is who I got a bid from per recommendations from a local street rodder, but was hoping to find something more economical. I'm not trying to go on the cheap but know it will get done sooner rather than later if I can get the price down some.

Thanks for the leads everyone, and if you haven't posted and know a good shop please still let me know!
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Scott,

Have you looked into high temp powdercoating?
Heard of very good results, easy maint.

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Lothlorian (Brian) had this done at a local shop to his stove and was very happy with the results. He had some other parts painted as well, but you'll have to have him fill in the details. Not very expensive at all.

Somebody pointed to the EPA as part of the problem. My buddy Eric, who helps with the woodwork on my rig, says the same thing. He works for a nationwide auto salvage company and has to deal with these folks on occasion. IIRC, he said there was nobody in our state that will fool with it any longer because of all of the regulations.

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