Chrome powder coating

  1. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    The wife acquired an old (but quite nice) Aluminium garden set. She then searched on the net for a competitive price to have it powder coated.
    While we dropped it off for coating noticed the firm do a fair bit of auto work i.e. they build roll cages for rally cars & powder coat them. They also showed me a picture of some wire wheels they had chrome powder coated.
    They looked good on the photo.
    Anybody had anything chrome powder coated & how does it compare to real chroming?
    RonA
     
  2. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    didn't even know it excisted......prob just extra bright alumin....
     
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  3. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Seen it once on wire wheels for a jag, looked good. Obvious up close it’s not real chrome but alright from a distance.
     
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  4. Retired Forum Supporter

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    Hi,

    I've known about the following for a few years which is interesting;



    Kind regards, Colin.
     
  5. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    looks pretty good to me.......wonder how long it lasts////?
     
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  6. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Think that is the issue, not very hard wearing.
     
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  7. Matchless

    Matchless Member

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    won't be able to get real chrome in 6 or 7 years, banned, blame Greta,
     
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  8. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    New to me as well but sample looked very good. Subsequently mentioned it on motor club forum I subscribe to & one member posted a picture of his 60’s mini restoration with the grill chrome powder coating. That too looked very impressive.
    RonA
     
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  9. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    I can see what you are getting, the heavy metals alone involved are extremely toxic.
    RonA
     
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  10. Reman

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    Chrome powder coat's pretty convincing if done right, But the prep work has to be 100% spot on. Any dust that get's onto it before it's finished it's stint in the oven will make little nibs that ruin the effect. It looks best on small irregular surfaces (Like the grills and wire wheels mentioned before), But larger areas, like alloy wheels with wide flat spokes, can show up any sort of prep imperfection via the reflections.
     
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  11. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    We used to have a company near by (Brightspark will know it well) who made chromium chemicals, shut down now. Once had to work on a car belonging to one of its workers & the bodywork in places was like paper lace due to corrosion. What the stuff was doing to workers health one can only guess
    RonA
     
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