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“Why Need Chrome Plating” – Chrome Plating – 7 Tips to Chrome Plating Restoration

“Why Need Chrome Plating” – Part 1 of 7 – Car Restoration – The Brightworks – 7 Tips to Chrome Plating


Chrome plating is the accent or jewelry of your vehicle restoration project. The shiny, mirror finish with depths of deep blue-white hue is truly a remarkable thing to see in a car that has been fully restored. It reminds me of a swimming pool with no ripple…only the flicker of shine. Not only does it reflect and wink back at you…almost leaving you blind on a summer day, it creates a thrilling sensation to the car enthusiast. “!Machine, Metal and Man!”….Me! My Car!”

Chrome plating is the result of science, chemistry, and hard manual labor all colliding for a single result of magnificent brilliance and shine. As the automobile designers and engineers put in place specification for production standards in the factory…chrome plating is intelligently and masterfully included. Not only for its appearance but for corrosion resistance which serves as a protection from rust or decay.

Now, just because its shiny, does that mean the auto part is actually “chrome plating” (electroplating)? No, for example, most cars mouldings/trims are made of stainless steel and the actual finish is Polish Stainless Steel (no plating whatsoever).

Next post will include “What is Chrome Plating”…is it a bath of shiny molten metal that is bubbling in a heated tank? or is it spray-on and needs a curing time? or could it be a liquid tank of toxic acids?

ANSWER: Why need chrome plating? : For appearance and corrosion resistance

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760-803-1493 Tel – California – USA

“SEMA SHOW 2014 – Our Review – Wheels and Accessories”

SEMA SHOW 2014 and chrome plating (wheels, accessories, and tires)



We just return from SEMA SHOW 2014 and saw the latest / greatest in automotive wheel trends. It’s all about colors, matt black, multi-piece wheels.

As always, the event is gi-enormous, with spectacular trade show layouts, and the most intriguing booths. Of course, the SEMA models and the beautiful young ladies are the highlight to this event.


OK OK…. Now, let’s get back to business….. After walking throughout SEMA show isles (wheels, accessories, and tires) you can’t help to notice that color wheels, glossy, matt, two-tones or two-colors are really in. In fact, it dominated. Plus, we saw 23in wheels up to 28in wheels…. Size does matter.

In our opinion, this year’s show appeared less attended and SEMA EDUCATION had less seminar topics. Even though less people attended, the parking lots were full and we ended up paying $40 for a parking spot. No handicap parking to be found.

We can sum it up by saying, for us, this event is a preview of things coming to the automotive industry, specifically regarding to chrome plating, wheels, and accessories.. the TREND is all about color wheels and not about polish chrome plating. So if color is what the consumers want…color is what they are going to get. offers powder coating on wheels…. all colors. We also offer repairs to single or multi-piece wheels. Text us a picture and get a price … our company cell 714-545-3540


“How to Prepare Car Bumpers Before Chrome Plating” – 2 Videos

Tech Talk: “How to ‪Chrome Electroplate a ‪Bumper”‬ – 2 VIDEO

Tips and tech talk.

SEMA EDUCATION – HRIA – Hot Rod Industry Alliance – Thank you ‪‎Advance Plating‬ for the presentation.

‪Plating‬ industry colleague – A video seminar regarding metal finishing, ‪‎electroplating‬ , chrome plating of bumpers…specifically pertaining to the metal prepping of a bumper before the final plating process, which is decorative chrome electroplating.

Bumper metal prepping before the chrome plating process

– Do It Yourself ‪#‎DIY‬

– ‪‎Electro Stripping‬ – why not to strip chrome with grinding
– ‪‎Chemical Electrostripping (Nickel Strip Process Tank)
– Weld Repair‬
– ‪‎Block Filing‬ Methods – Bumper Press
– ‪Grinding‬ and Metal Polishing
– Tools Used to Repair Bumpers



How to do chrome plating on a classic car bumper – VIDEO # 2

Thank you ‪‎for the video Galwanizatortwo Osinski Galvano – Poland

‪Plating‬ industry colleague – A video demostration of how to chrome plate a classic car bumper – from start to finish.

Bumper chrome plating process

How complicated is it to chrome a classic car bumper – from start to finish

– ‪‎Bumper Assesment
– ‪‎Disassembling or dismantling a bumper
– Chemical Electrostripping (Nickel Strip Process Tank)
– ‪‎Grinding‬ and Metal Polishing of the electrostriped bumper
– ‪‎Weld Repair‬
– Block Filing‬ Methods – Bumper Press
– ‪‎ Metal Polishing Again – 3 steps
– ‪Copper Plating
– Copper Buffing and maybe do silver solder repairs with blocking (if needed)
– ‪‎Copper Plating Again (if needed)
– ‪Copper Buffing Again (if needed)
– Bright Nickel Plating
– ‪‎Finally the Chrome Plating Process
– ‪Inspection
– Packaging


Galwanizatorstwo Osiński
Puławska 34, 05-500 Piaseczno, Poland

+48 22 737 07 12



At LM Chrome Corporation – we offer an estimate on chrome plating bumpers – located in Santa Ana, CA USA

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