These chrome items have been completely transformed and are shining bright once more. The first step in the process of re-chroming is the stripping process.
It’s very difficult at times to perfect every single blemish on metalwork that is nearly 50 years.
But we try our best…
As someone humorously described to us only last week “it’s 50 years old, when in the morning I look into my mirror it’s obvious that I have seen better times!”
Our good friends at Douglas Metal Finishing in London are one of the leading chrome platers and metal finishing companies in Great Britain. They have performed miracles on the chrome work of our 1970’s Chevrolet Corvette.
The work is now complete and back with owner of this wonderful car.
These chrome items have been completely transformed and are shining bright once more. The first step in the process of re-chroming is the stripping process. Grease, paint and rust that has accumulated on the car bumper over the years is removed.
Items are then stripped in a solution known as ‘Labere’. This solution is a perfect chemical balance to ensure the old chrome plating is removed without damaging the metal underneath.
The next step in the process is polishing to a smooth finish.
The metal has then gone through a triple plating process. First copper, applied for weather protection. Then Nickel is applied. Once the nickel layer has been applied it is time for the chrome.
The chrome plating process is a method of applying a thin layer of chromium onto a substrate (metal or alloy) through an electroplating procedure.
In simple terms, electroplating is achieved by passing an electric current between two electrodes which are immersed in an electrolyte bath comprising of chromic acid. One of the electrodes will be the substrate which is to be plated. During the flow of electricity between the two electrodes, chromium atoms are deposited in a layer on the electrode to be plated.
We have chromework here for our Peugeot 504, Mini, Triumph TR6, Ford Capri and Corvette projects.
Here are some before images of our Corvette C2 bumper and Jagaur E-Type handbrake that require re chroming.
New chrome has to be one of the best ways to rejuvenate a classic vehicle’s appearance. We can’t wait to see these components back on their respective cars soon.