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Joe Bento #20081

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Another chrome question
« on: January 13, 2007, 01:51:39 PM »
Okay, I know this is a touchy subjuct so please forgive my overall ignorance and naivety.

How does one "shop" for chrome platers?

1) Send in the pieces:
Most shops will not give a price quote without my sending the pieces in, and there are many pieces.  Some very fragile and very heavy.  I hate to do this because if it turns out I cant afford to do the work, I have to collect all the pieces back, pay for all that shipping, hope that nothing got broken, and hope I get it all back.

2) Lay it all out and have someone local come look at it and price it out:
Much easier for me, but what about the quality?  I am in Dallas (actually Mansfield, about 30 miles south of Dallas) Texas.  Most of the better known, reccomended platers are some distance from here.

I want high quality work, but at a competitive price (and I know you get what you pay for, so please hold the comments about if you cant afford it, etc. etc. etc.).

Mike Josephic #3877

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Re: Another chrome question
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2007, 05:07:00 PM »
First thing you have to decide is what kind of plating
you want.  IF you want "show quality" i.e. the best, the cost
is 50percent higher than driver quality.  Reason?  Labor cost for
all the additional buffing, handling.

No plater will quote you without seeing the pieces.  You best bet is to contact some members from the regions around you
and see which platers are within driving distance.  If your
not looking for show, then the search is much easier and your
more likely to find your "competitive price".  For show quality, especially badly pitted potmetal or aluminium parts (like some of our bumper ends) -- these guys are specialists.  There are only a few shops in the country that can do this level of work.

In that case, youll have to pay what the tariff is or forget it. Competitive pricing has no meaning here, since they have little competition.

Mike

Joer Bento #20081

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Chrome question #3
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007, 05:20:45 PM »
Here is another facit to the question:

Lets not think about price for the moment.

What about quality?  An by that I mean not only a show quality finish, but who has had their chrome done 10, 15, 20 years ago and it still looks like the day you got it back.  No chipping, peeling, bubbles, etc.  Still solid and beautiful.

Lets hear from you!

Mike Josephic #3877

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Re: Chrome question #3
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007, 11:16:02 PM »
Most all of the "better" chrome replaters will guarantee the chrome against peeling, bubbling, or any other finish defect for the life of the vehicle (as long as you own it).  The labor to remove the parts and replace them later, in addition to any shipping costs, of course, is on you.  Mike

JIM CLC # 15000

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Re: Chrome question #3
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2007, 11:55:56 PM »
01-14-07
Joe, I had the Chrome on my 38 replated in about the year 2000. Install it in the year 2004, It still looks solid and beautiful.
Sorry,enought time hadnt passed for my answer to fit your question, But HTHs.
Good Luck,JIM

Joe Bento #20081

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Re: Chrome question #3
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2007, 12:02:06 AM »
Thanks Jim.

So who did you use?  I am especially interested if you had a fair amount of pit filling on pot metal.

PS: Is there no way to PM people on this forum?

JIM CLC # 15000

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Re: Chrome question #3
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2007, 12:58:29 AM »
01-14-07
Joe, I used two difference firms to do my re-plating, bumpers, I let some "jack-leg" talk me into lettening him do the work, all he did was send them to a shop in CA to be re-plated.(I suspect Mexico)The other things I had done by "OREGON PLATING" Their address is 436 SE 6TH AVENUE Portland, OR. Their phone number is; 1-503-232-3543 Talk to Gary. He has a man that does the repairs for him if any is needed. I had the hood release lever break while he was removing the chrome in preping the part to replate. I dont remember any pitting on my parts. Maybe some on the Wiper Transmission.But Gary buffed them-out. BTW just what does PM mean?
HTH
Good Luck,JIM

Bill Gauch

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Re: Another chrome question
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2007, 06:57:41 AM »
One way to save on shipping and have a fun time while you are at it would be to haul all your chrome to a major car show and have the plater estimate it right in front of you in person. That suggestion was made to me by the plater I contacted. I would immagine you could just take 1 or 2 pieces for a rough estimate. If affordability is an issue, take the numbers you have gotten so far and double them. If you can afford that number, you can probably shop based on quality and references alone. Once you have your top 1 or 2 companies, send them an itemized list and ask for a very rough estimate before you send them the parts. They probably will give you a ball park number before you ship the parts.

Geoff Newcombe #4719

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Re: Another chrome question
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2007, 09:12:12 AM »
To email someone with a PM (Private Message -- or, Personal Message to some) you need only to click on that persons name in red on the left side of their post.  That will open a blank email addressed to that person, ready for your message.  This is one reason why you are required to post your email address before you posting will be accepted.  The only kicker is that sometimes folks will put in an incorrect email address.

Joe Bento #20081

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Re: Another chrome question
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2007, 10:12:44 AM »
Thanks Geoff.

I was aware of the e-mailing feature, but sadly the computer I use from home does not have an functioning e-mailing program, so when I clik on that link, I get a buch of pain.  The only way I can get around it is to have the Mac copy the e-mail address from the link, then go into yahoo on a seperate page, and e-mail from there.  A real pain.

Several of the other clubs I belong to have forums (boards) that have a built in private messaging system. Much easier for me given my set-up.

But I digress...

Bill Ingler 7799

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Re: Another chrome question
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2007, 12:16:48 PM »
Hi Joe- Finding a chrome shop that will give you a good job at a reasonable price( what is reasonable when it comes to good platers), not lose parts and a realistic completion date is a very hard job.Here is an idea you might want to follow. Look in Hemmings for the next car show in the Dallas area and go to it. Kick a few tires and talk with some of the owners of cars in your area. Ask them where they got their chrome and were they satisfied? Not only will you get some names of platers, you also can see first hand what kind of work to expect from that plater.

 

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