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« on: 04 February, 2010, 11:18:11 AM »

anybody know of a good company to re-plate plastic?? don cross appia consortium asked me a couple of days ago as i did know of someone who did it , however unfortunatly they have stopped doing it now so any suggestions please let me know and i'll forward the info to him
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« Reply #1 on: 04 February, 2010, 03:26:40 PM »

B&Q used to sell a 'chrome' aerosol paint which actually worked quite well as long as you didnt put too much paint on.
I imagine they still sell it and for me, it worked perfectly well in the particular application I required it for.
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« Reply #2 on: 04 February, 2010, 08:12:55 PM »

Pete Harding has a contact that can do it.  01256 766880
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« Reply #3 on: 04 February, 2010, 10:15:48 PM »

Thanks guys will pass the info on
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« Reply #4 on: 04 February, 2010, 10:32:49 PM »

I tried the chrome paint without sucess. I am sure it must work but it may be very sensative to preparation and spraying conditions.
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« Reply #5 on: 05 February, 2010, 10:39:25 AM »

I used the B&Q chrome paint and it came out dull, but was happy as the other bit of plastic chrome internal trim was in a similar state of patina. I doubt I could get a good finish like the S2 fulvia chromed grill.....

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« Reply #6 on: 05 February, 2010, 08:54:33 PM »

Just thinking laterally here, if the item is relatively large and flat might the chrome vinyl that they use for "sign writing" posh vans be of any use.

Maybe a bit too lateral.
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« Reply #7 on: 06 February, 2010, 07:44:48 AM »

There is also a chrome enamel spray that I have used last month. Its available from Halfords and works not too bad at all. Costs about £8.

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« Reply #8 on: 07 February, 2010, 06:19:27 PM »

Hi James

We have electroplaters here who can successfully chrome plate plastic, so surely in the UK you'd be better off.  A lot of them even 'bronze' baby booties by coating them with an electroconductive compound, so I had some Beta seat bits and a Fulvia 5 spd bonnet air intake done beautifully.

Our son has also used Dupli-Color www.duplicolor.com Chrome aerosol spray to good effect on Montecarlo taillight surrounds.

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« Reply #9 on: 07 February, 2010, 06:34:37 PM »

I have tried a paint from Frosts and it was OK but not really chrome. The US range of Dupli Colour paints are not available in the UK as we already have a company (Holts) selling paint called Dupli-Color.
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