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Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329461 Thu Oct 10 2019 07:18 PM
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52Carl Offline
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Another option is a stainless steel bumper. They are said to be very nice and you can park it in the ocean. Still less expensive than rechroming.

Re: Chrome Plating [Re: 52Carl] #1329516 Fri Oct 11 2019 12:45 PM
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HandyAndy Offline OP
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Originally Posted by 52Carl
Another option is a stainless steel bumper. They are said to be very nice and you can park it in the ocean. Still less expensive than rechroming.

Carl, If I had your money, the SS bumper would definitely be an option!


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"A Jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one." - Benjamin Franklin
Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329553 Fri Oct 11 2019 05:07 PM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist
Let's compare:

Plan A (chromed) : $800 quote, plus shipping? - or, if close enough, save on shipping
Plan B (new reproduction, chromed) : $160 plus $60 shipping (Classic Parts)
Plan C (new stainless steel reproduction) : $500 plus $60 shipping (Classic Parts)

I'd say that if I had the money, I go with the SS bumper over the chromed bumper?
Or, get the chromed bumper and store/park the truck in a dry garage?
Or, get the chromed bumper and store/park outdoors - polish and wax it regularly, depending on your weather?
Or, find a less expensive chroming shop?

Cambridge Custom Chrome did a lot of nice work for me (over 7 years ago).
These parts have been garage stored - no rust.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329559 Fri Oct 11 2019 07:39 PM
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bartamos Offline
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I would always choose plan B. If it lasts 5 years, you buy another and still under other options. Then you are at 10 years. Which is farther than I ever project. There can be a plan B.2, someone selling a Plan B bumper from an abandoned project for $100.
Of course there is the recoup of selling the bumper you have to a daily driver guy.

Plan C would be next for price and for the durability and fixability.

$800 plus ship would be plan "X" for me.

Rechroming has skyrocketed due to EPA. Then you have to find a quality shop. Most folks wanting high quality recommend Paul's.

Kent, did you actually see a plating shop with all the tanks and so forth? They are pretty close to Mexico you know. Several places in AZ send to Mexico. No regulation and cheap labor. They do good work.


I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.


Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329566 Fri Oct 11 2019 09:53 PM
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tclederman Offline
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It looks like $800-$900 has not "sky rocked up" too much from this cost in 2011?

Of course, that might have broken the spirit/wallet of that poster/member - he has not posted since 2011?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329568 Fri Oct 11 2019 10:41 PM
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bartamos Offline
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OK, my point of reference was back when I wanted chroming done. Don't know when that was but the EPA "final ruling" shows 2012.

Maybe better said that: chroming used to be done by a lot by the average hot rodder, restorer. It was affordable until the EPA cracked down on emissions, tanks and disposal. Prices got higher due to that. It has become unaffordable to many folks. Skyrocketed.

I would opt for Chinese/Mexico vendor parts because I'm in the Southwest. No salt, no freeze, no snow, no rain, so no acid rain, no factory pollution. Nothing but lizards live here. But their numbers have skyrocketed.



I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.


Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329570 Fri Oct 11 2019 11:19 PM
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klhansen Offline
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How about Plan D? There's supposed to be a powder coating process that looks very much like chrome. I stopped by a guy in Idaho back in May to buy some parts from him, and he had a grille hanging over the entry to his shop that had that process on it, and it was pretty much indistinguishable from chrome. Don't know much else about it though.

on edit: Looks like it could even be a DIY process (assuming you have a big enough oven for a bumper). Eastwood sells kits as well as this place

Last edited by klhansen; Fri Oct 11 2019 11:23 PM.

Kevin
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#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
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Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329687 Sun Oct 13 2019 02:31 AM
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59 fleet Offline
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I have reproduction bumpers on my truck, and am pleased for 5 years or so. Keep them waxed and clean. I drive it most days but not in salt or snow. Bear in mind the reproduction bumpers are a lot thinner metal than original. They look OK but I sure would not want to depend on them to be used as a bumper.

Mark

Re: Chrome Plating [Re: MNSmith] #1329706 Sun Oct 13 2019 04:01 AM
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GeneBrink Offline
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Originally Posted by MNSmith
My shop charged me $450 for a true triple plate job. Good deal in my mind as the poor guy has to deal with California regulations. I was told he has to pay $30,000 a year for his permits.

If you don't mind, what is the name of the shop? I may get around to having some parts re-chromed if they do pot metal.

Re: Chrome Plating [Re: HandyAndy] #1329711 Sun Oct 13 2019 04:40 AM
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