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Old 09-04-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
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how much does it cost to re-chrome stuff?

just curious
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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how much are you sending out? Kind of expensive to say rechrome an exhaust tip, but if you are having pipes, headers, bars, light brackets, seat trim, headlight trim etc. all plated at once the cost/item is going to drop.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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yeah figured it'd be cheaper [per item] the more stuff brought in.

I don't have a lot I would want to do. Exhaust, brake + shift levers. That might be it. Like I said, I was just curious. I couldn't justify spending money on something that superficial right now.

Let's just say exhaust + headers. ~$200? $500?!

Do people get together and do group rechroming? Like, if me and my buddy both want our exhaust chromed, can we do it in one order?
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:01 PM   #4
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Depends alot on the previously existing condition of the parts too.

To get a good finish on chrome you need to polish it off really nice before you electroplate it.

Best to find local chromers, call and request quotes, be accurate in prexisting condition of the metal.

In many cases it can be worth it to buy the new part.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:15 PM   #5
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I just got a bunch of chrome back for the Triumph I'm restoring. $1,700 for 39 pieces ranging from a few small screws to the largest being an exhaust and handle bars.

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Old 09-04-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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If you do the prep work, it will be much cheaper. A big portion of the cost is for prep. After that, it is a matter of dipping it in the appropriate chemicals. Take your part to a chromer and get quote with and without prepwork. You'll be amazed.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:19 PM   #7
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yup, but if you don't prep well and it comes back with flaws you'll have wasted your chroming cash, plus who has an acid dip tank at home?
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:35 PM   #8
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yup, but if you don't prep well and it comes back with flaws you'll have wasted your chroming cash, plus who has an acid dip tank at home?
I was mostly referring to the cleaning and polishing aspect. Obviously any chemical treatment will need to be done by the shop. You're right, there is a risk of bad prep work. Like most things it's really cheaper to just pay a pro to do it. Some people have more time than money though.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:39 PM   #9
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I was told that used exhaust components are especially pricey because there's no good way to get them COMPLETELY clean so they can potentially contaminate the tanks even if the ends are plugged. You get dirt/oil in the tanks and that screws it all up. Some chromers flat refuse to do used exhaust components.

I don't of course know what 39 pieces you're talking about, but $1700 for 39 pieces that includes exhaust might even be on the cheap side. I paid $160 for a two-piece headlight bucket that wasn't really in bad shape, so no unusual attention was needed. It was an eyesore on an otherwise nice bike and nothing close to original was available, so I bit the proverbial bullet.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:17 PM   #10
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you are venturing into an abyss, i just finished up restoring a 72 Norton and had alot of parts chromed that were not originally chrome, what a pain in the A i should have shopped arround more.
I took the 10 parts to the supposed best in the buisness according to the custom car market, $ 2,200.00 later alot of the stuff did not fit back correctly, they acid wash your old stuff and then copper plate it polish and then chrome it, the thickness after all that in some cases caused fittment issues.
the guy made it all good but i had to ship alot back with explanations as to what was wrong.
I would look for someone who specializes in motorcycle chroming they might know dos and donts.

this is the very reason i use the screen name i use.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:25 PM   #11
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The triple chroming method is often required to stick chrome to inferior metals/porous metals.


Sometimes its just inevitable.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:29 PM   #12
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this is the very reason i use the screen name i use.
And here I thought it had something to do with another American-built bike that specializes in chrome doodads.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:44 PM   #13
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When restoreing my bike it was cheaper to buy new parts than to chrome, some of the more obscure stuff just had to go in for plateing but it costed dearly.

The chromer asks "do you want show chrome?"

I say "what the difference"

he responds "25%"

so ya gotta pay more to get a decent job done... great
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:35 AM   #14
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When restoreing my bike it was cheaper to buy new parts than to chrome, some of the more obscure stuff just had to go in for plateing but it costed dearly.

The chromer asks "do you want show chrome?"

I say "what the difference"

he responds "25%"

so ya gotta pay more to get a decent job done... great
Well, yeah. Isn't that true with almost everything?

here's a link to the folks I used, click on "quality" to see their explanation of differences between cost.

http://www.customchromeplating.com/H...4/Default.aspx
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:24 AM   #15
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I'm all the way in the far east in Singapore and I was quoted about US$100 for nickel chroming on a R100R exhaust (end-can only), and double that for hard chroming. yes, there is economy in scale.

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