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Chroming Plastic

Postby SarahLovesHer300zx » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:32 pm

I am in need of someone that can chrome plastic. I've got some interior trim panels that are starting to show some wear, but I'm having a hard time finding a shop that can do the work. I hope the far reaching connections of NICO can help me.

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Re: Chroming Plastic

Postby centralcoaster33 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:21 pm

Are they actually chromed plastics or just painted and finished with clear or maybe even aluminum plated and finished? I looked into actual plastic chroming and it's not something that can be repaired, it's done to new parts the first time around. My research could be wrong though. Have you considered buying new OEM or just painting them yourself with some chrome spray and clear afterwards?

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Re: Chroming Plastic

Postby amc49 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:50 am

Any clear overspray generally knocks some 'chrome' reflectivity off to be duller looking. True chroming of plastic is generally aluminizing in a vacuum. Like model kit car parts.

Look up 'vacuum metallizing' on google. We had a guy here local who did it for years and willing to do individual parts but he has recently quit.

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