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Chroming

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by iano6666, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. iano6666

    iano6666 New Member

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    Hi All
    Considering getting the roof rack for my 74 Kombi chromed .
    Any suggestions on the process , viability and possible places where this could be done?
    (I live in Wollongong)
    Cheers

    ian
     

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  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Keep in mind that the metal is polished first so depending on condition of material it may be very costly or cheaper to have one made with new material.
    Only go to a place that does car resto work if you want a top job.
     
  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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  4. MAP77

    MAP77 Well-Known Member

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    Try this place:
    Blu Chrome Pty Ltd
    137 Eldridge Rd, Bankstown NSW 2200
    Phone: (02) 9790 6834

    I had my front grille chromed there and at the same time I was speaking to a bloke that had brought his car parts there for many years.
     
  5. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    There is also these guys in Carringbah

    http://www.thechromefactory.com.au/

    bit of story on the legalities and Sydney Water there

    It uses a lot of heavy metals in the process and the waste is highly toxic
     
  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Obviously coal mining pays more to pollies than chroming :D
     
  7. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if this is quite true. chrome plater in Villawood has been doing for 40 years used to be in Marrickville. I question him on that issue last time I had parts chromed. He mentioned that there are so many regulation and guide lines it isn't funny that he has to go by, but is licence has never been questioned. He said "it was a load of bull s##t".Whether all this is true I'm not 100% sure. I guess if it is from the horse mouth there might be some truth to it.
     
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  8. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    If illegal in NSW it should be fine in qld for another 30 yrs.
     
  9. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    As cbus mentions the "condition of material":rolleyes: also the amount of welds and joins which can be difficult to get a nice chrome job on. I was advised once by a chrome plater not to get a bullbar chromed because of the weld joins in the bullbar.
     
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  10. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Vic more so heavy metals sink to the bottom ;)o_O
     
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  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    When I had my bumpers done for my 1303 they were sent to the Albury place
    I was told then that they all sent there pieces there
    This was probably 15 odd years ago

    I went to several places here and they all used Albury to actually do the chrome work
     
  12. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    :):):) Envious
     
  13. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    Still there then? I had the bumpers done on my TS Passat some 30 years ago there.
     
  14. iano6666

    iano6666 New Member

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    Thanks to all for your advice - will investigate these options
     
  15. iano6666

    iano6666 New Member

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    As a followup - chased up these links - Basically the rack is too large to fit in their 'baths' - so will now look at painting to match the colours on the van
    Thanks again to all for the suggestions
     
  16. Andy.

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    For a roof rack if your not particular on a mirror finish, worth looking into (zinc) electroplating. They typically have larger bath's, normal colour is silver, but some places still do a gold colour.
    Most of your door catches brackets etc (originally) on the kombi would have been zinc plated. It's a good plating process for protecting the metal.

    Note, this is different to galvanising. It also needs a well prepared surface (most places will acid dip first). Like paint, other than colour change it will look exactly like when you put it in (does not fill blemishes etc)
    If the rack is in tubing, and there are not vent/drain holes they cannot plate it (same for chrome and galvernising)
    No idea who does it down your way, just picked a web page at random to show the process:
    http://www.eliteplating.com.au/products-and-services
     
  17. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Chrome baths tend to be about the size of a bumper bar......;)
     

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