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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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