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« on: 12 September, 2010, 10:58:10 AM »

I've been badly let down by a re-chromer that was recommended to me, so now I'm hoping that someone on the forum can suggest a reliable business.

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« Reply #1 on: 12 September, 2010, 11:32:52 AM »

what went wrong?i reccomend THE LONDON CHROMING COMPANY OLD KENT ROAD LONDON SE.top quality work and no delays/misunderstandings.best regards richard
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« Reply #2 on: 12 September, 2010, 11:43:03 AM »

It may be a bit far for you but we have always used Derby Plating with very good results:

http://www.derbyplating.co.uk/
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« Reply #3 on: 12 September, 2010, 04:13:47 PM »

I have had bad experiences with all the London platers, including the London Plating Company. The only exception was a Wimbledon company that are now closed down.

The bumpers for my B20 were refused by the London Plating Co as being too thin and beyond repair - and they would only try to do them without any guarantee of success for a huge fee. I took them to Derby Plating who did a great job without question and charged about half the London quote. This was twenty years ago - hopefully Richard's report indicates that the London company have learnt some lessons. Personally, I would take a trip to Derby!

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« Reply #4 on: 13 September, 2010, 09:22:15 PM »

I exhausted all the recommended London platers, then those further afield (Sheffield, Colchester) with dreadful results and some irrecoverable damage, before eventually discovering Douglas Plating.  (http://www.douglas-plating.co.uk/) Their work so far has been first class and their price very reasonable.

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« Reply #5 on: 14 September, 2010, 05:29:14 PM »

i had a gear selection lever,air vents,mirror part and motorcycle 'crashbars' plated so admittedly nothing fragile
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« Reply #6 on: 22 September, 2010, 01:13:27 PM »

Some asked what was wrong with the work. These pictures hopefully give you some idea.

To be fair, I will not mention the chromer as the parts have been returned and I'm hoping that they will improve upon the blistered finish.


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* number plate surround.JPG (29.31 KB, 448x336 - viewed 274 times.)
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1983 Prisma 1600
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1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #7 on: 22 July, 2013, 05:43:48 PM »

Mike, did they resolve the issue with the poorly finished items in your post above?

Anyone any other recommendations, have a number of guys who need sets of wheel bolts re-chromed?

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« Reply #8 on: 22 July, 2013, 07:27:19 PM »

I use these people in West Hythe, Kent, their main line of business is medical equipment:

http://www.ce-design.co.uk

Quite good!

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« Reply #9 on: 22 July, 2013, 07:33:01 PM »

Cheers for that Clive, have emailed them about our forums needs


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« Reply #10 on: 22 July, 2013, 07:36:27 PM »

Their new web site....as per the web site linked above -

http://www.chromerestorationspecialist.co.uk/finishes/polished-chrome/


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« Reply #11 on: 22 July, 2013, 09:08:49 PM »

I would reinforce John Cundy's comment 3 years ago - Derby Plating, Abbey Street (googleable) have done good work for me on Aurelia, Flavia (especially) and Augusta.
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« Reply #12 on: 22 July, 2013, 09:23:33 PM »

Thanks for that Brian, Douglas plating were more than twice as expensive as the guy we use currently!


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« Reply #13 on: 23 July, 2013, 03:48:01 PM »

I've had prompt replies from the 3 alternatives suggested, ranging from 60% to 260% more than the current guy we use


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« Reply #14 on: 23 July, 2013, 07:33:23 PM »


But the key here is to pay to have it done just the once...

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