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What Three Things to Look for in a Chrome Restoration Specialist?

Whether you restore old vehicles, boats, or motorcycles as a hobby, or it’s your profession. You may already realize that getting parts for old cars can sometimes be a process. Some cars have an abundance of parts, and some do not. Some parts are available as reproductions. You can read this blog to find out where you can get these parts. Even if you can get a part, it may not be in the best condition, and chrome restoration services might be on your task list. With certain vehicles, there isn’t that option and you are left with only one option and that is getting your parts restored. Here are three things to look for when you are searching for a good chrome restoration specialist.

#1 – Do they triple plate with copper, nickel, and chrome plating? It’s important to know that as chrome experts for over 35 years, we’ve been around the block and know what works and what doesn’t in the restoration process. 

Re-chroming a part involves stripping away the old chrome, nickel, and copper. After it is stripped, sanding the metal smooth is important before the electrolysis process begins. This is where the copper is applied to fill any small pits or scratches. After this is polished, the nickel plating process, followed by the chrome is where it all happens. The purpose of the nickel is to add smoothness, reflectivity, and corrosion resistance to the part. The chrome is very thin and the appearance of the decorative chrome comes from the nickel plating. Whether you start with bare steel or buffed copper, at least two layers of plating follow — a layer of nickel and a layer of chrome. But high-quality plating usually requires two layers of nickel. Check out one process of chrome plating here.

#2 – How many years of experience does the chromer have? Albert Einstein said it best “The only source of knowledge is experience.” More experience in the field of chroming that a company has gives them a competitive advantage. At Custom Platinging Specialist, we believe that another advantage is the experience of working on a wide array of projects like old cars, boats, airplanes, motorcycles, pot belly stoves, jukeboxes, hood ornaments, gas pumps, antique tricycles, and more.

#3 Do they also do repairs on diecast parts (pot metal)? Not many companies repair pot metal. According to Wikipedia, the term “pot metal” or monkey metal, came about around the early 20th century, basically throwing non-ferrous metal scraps and melting them to form cast products. Pot metal was used in the auto industry because it was inexpensive and able to produce complex shapes. In fact, this process is still used today. However, what is also known to chromers, is that it is difficult to re-chrome. The biggest issue with pot metal is pitting and how to get rid of the corrosion area. If you don’t sand below the corrosion then plating will not stick to those areas, much like a dentist has to get all of the tooth decay before filling it or the filler will not adhere to it. Chrome plating companies that can repair pot metal areas that go all the way through a part without any sign that a repair was made tells you that that company is a good company to have work on your parts. In fact, you probably found a chrome restoration company for life.

When dealing with old nostalgic parts, choosing the right company is highly important. Asking these three questions will help you to seek out the right partner for the project. 1) Make sure they triple plate chrome – copper, nickel, and chrome plating. 2) The more years of experience the better, and 3) Knowing they have experience with pot metal makes them of high caliber in the chroming industry. Finally, if you are searching for an industry expert, with years of experience, check out the google reviews. Custom Plating Specialist is highly rated in “show chrome”, just a quick google search on Facebook and Google will provide you with the credentials you need to get started with your project.

5 Places to Find Old Car Parts When Your Restoring an Vehicle

5 Places to Find Old Car Parts When Your Restoring an Vehicle

Terry Meetz – Custom Plating Specialist Inc.

If you’ve ever restored a car or car restoration is your hobby, you might already know that at times, it can be difficult to find parts. As an example, 1961 Chrysler Imperial owners had a tough time finding parts, mostly due to the fact that Chrysler didn’t produce as many Cadillacs or Lincolns as did GM or Ford. (Lentinello, 2013) Unlike grocery shopping, car part shopping is not that easy. Most of the time, you can’t just walk into a store and purchase a new “old part”. That’s exactly what keeps chromers, like Custom Plating Specialist, Inc. (CPS) in business.

If you are in the process of restoring an old vehicle, there are several places you can search for parts. The experts at Custom Plating Specialist, recommend starting your search in the following locations.

  1. Car Shows/Swap Meets. In marketing, you want to market to your target audience, and you need to know where your audience is. Finding a car part is similar to marketing, you need to go where your audience is. You’ll find car enthusiasts at old car shows/swap meets, and you’ll be able to network with people that are “in your target market”. For a list of upcoming shows visit https://customplatingspecialist.com/events/ for more information.
  2. Salvage/Junk Yards – If you’re an expert in car restoration, and are looking for inexpensive parts, an automobile salvage yard might be a great place to start. You know what you are looking for, you know where to find it, and you probably know what the market value is.
  3. Google Search. If you can’t find it, most people “google it.” Google has 4.3 billion users worldwide. Based on 4.72 billion internet users worldwide and a market share of 92.24%. (Walsh, 2021) There are online forums like the Antique Automobile Club that allow you to ask questions and provide recommendations to your challenges. When searching, make sure to be specific with your car part, make and model, and you’re likely to find a plethora of online car part stores. As a company, offering chrome services, we advertise in https://www.hemmings.com/, an online magazine/marketplace for all automotive enthusiasts. Another great search engine for finding old parts is http://www.classiccardatabase.com/, a database for exactly that, searching for parts.
  4. On-line Auctions. This is another great place to search for information in regards to your old parts. Three types of auctions might include https://www.ebay.com/, https://www.liveauctioneers.com/ or ​​https://www.auctionspear.com/auction/194.  Most live on-line auctions have a search engine that allows you to search for exactly what you are looking for. In an auction, the market will determine the price.
  5. Local Brick-and-Mortar Stores. Yes, these still exist, and you might even be able leave the store with the part in your hand. According to this article “10 Places To Look for Classic Auto Parts”, an unspoken rule is that “if you use the expert, buy the part.” (Sundem, 2011) It’s not right extracting advice and then going home and searching for it online.

Once you find what you are looking for, and your part needs to be rechromed, contact the chroming team at CPS. As challenging as it might be to make an old part look new, we have a passion for creating “miracles” in old parts. If you don’t believe us, check out our Google reviews

For more information on Custom Plating Specialists Inc., our team and the chrome process, go to the website; www.customplatingspecialist.com.