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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 19, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

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If you have original covers chromed they are not original anymore.

I would just buy repop chrome covers and keep the originals original.

That said I would not expect part to become warped from prep and polish for plating if the work is done correctly. Warping would be heat induced and polishing can be done with inducing excessive heat enough to warp the covers
Come on John... I know you're not an originality guy which is fine, but that same argument could be used on repainting/re-plating any part or putting an OE fender on. I'm all for keeping originals original, but if you have a set that the chrome is junk on, there's nothing wrong with re-plating it IMO. Original parts always fit better and if you're doing a resto versus a conservation, you're going to want them to look like new off the assembly line.
I agree with your last paragraph. That's really the point of my first post. There are obviously methods where they don't warp or get the welds filled in. Although far from knowledgeable in the details of the process, I know the chrome/nickel etc is ultra thin.
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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 19, 09:26 AM
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Dave, I agree with you not using that particular plating facility when he stated warping
is normal. Apparently he's quite familiar with these problems. I would check with a few
more shops. The prices probably won't be as good but attention to detail might be. At
least you now know to ask about the possibilities. I dealt with plating zinc and nickle parts
continuously for fasteners and can tell you there are huge differences in facilities.
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Try BAR platingbing connecticut
Thanks. I'll look them up. Nice to see there are a few places still around with the EPA waging a full scale war on platers. I'm surprised there's anything left in Connecticut/New England of all places.

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I had my original set of valve covers re-chromed back in 1997, and the spot welds for the drippers were lost. I gently hit those spot welds again with the right punch (with some wood backing at the right place on the underside) which made a similar spot weld imprint, and nobody has noticed in 21 years!
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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 19, 04:24 AM
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Thanks. I'll look them up. Nice to see there are a few places still around with the EPA waging a full scale war on platers. I'm surprised there's anything left in Connecticut/New England of all places.
Original valve covers were not triple chrome or show quality. More than one plater in CT and elsewhere throughout the country. Read about covers at CRG, Crane Corvette BB covers and CRG member reviews.
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If you have original covers chromed they are not original anymore.

I would just buy repop chrome covers and keep the originals original.

That said I would not expect part to become warped from prep and polish for plating if the work is done correctly. Warping would be heat induced and polishing can be done with inducing excessive heat enough to warp the covers
Little confused on an original valve cover is not an original anymore if re-chromed. Agree it’s not a survivor piece but many restorations rechrome original parts like bumpers, etc. Believe most would call that a restored original piece. I rechomed a lot of parts that were original to car but did rechrome one of two NOS valve covers for our 68 as the top surface had several fine scratches from possibly being taken in and out of box. And note bb valve covers can still be rechromed to maintain those original surface indents from dripper installation.

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Thanks. I'll look them up. Nice to see there are a few places still around with the EPA waging a full scale war on platers. I'm surprised there's anything left in Connecticut/New England of all places.
Dave, I use Jon Wright’s https://www.customchromeplating.com/
Great person an car guy as well. Call and ask to talk to Jon as he can give u information.

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Dave, I use Jon Wright’s https://www.customchromeplating.com/
Great person an car guy as well. Call and ask to talk to Jon as he can give u information.
Thanks!

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I’m missed the re chrome thought plating original painted parts.

I like Ogden Chrome in Utah. Great work and fair prices.
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I emailed a chrome plater to ask about re-chroming a set of valve covers. Uh, won't be going here...
Here's the response:

"Hello, its best to buy them new, trying to plate the old ones usually results in warping during the polishing process, also you will lose the spot weld marks where the drippers are.if you want them plated cost would be $ 100 each . Thank you"
Here is a brand new set for $70.00

https://www.jegs.com/i/OER/691/VC121...791+4294829509
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Thanks Ed, but we're talking about OE factory parts here.

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Thanks Ed, but we're talking about OE factory parts here.
Sorry my bad! Just trying to help.
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