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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

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"

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 06:05 AM
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

That's not a bad price. A guy in Cali would ask for 5 or 6 times that. But if he warns you he might dork them up. Run.
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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 06:09 AM
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

That price is a bargain imho.

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 08:29 AM
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

I'd rather someone give me a Honest answer vs lying and making me feel warm & fuzzy
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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 08:45 AM
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

Agree with TC.

It also tells you that he is going to chrome plate them correctly as opposed to the cheap import plate that looks translucent at certain angles.

You have to strip the paint off and copper plate the bare steel, then nickle plate over the copper, before you even begin to apply the first coat of chrome. Between plating the parts are polished to a mirror finish which will abrade marks like a spot weld off the surface.

Because the metal is so thin the polishing process will heat it enough to warp it. Only way to straighten it back out again is apply cold and heat to contract the streched metal and expand where it had been compressed which is very labor intensive.

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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 10:48 AM
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

send me an e mail to the co. name. i would gladly deal with them
i just had a price on a 12" throttle rod, 6 very small brackets and 2 pieces or 1/8'x 3/4" x 3' plate and i believe it was close to $500
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 11:04 AM
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

Had all of the chrome done on our '53 Crestline a year ago here in MN. It's beautiful and flawless...it was also $3,400.
Which believe it or not, is a decent price for having the right job done.

I agree that the guy wasn't trying to scare you off, just being straight with you. He wants you to be educated on the project and know what's involved, and possible/probably outcomes with what you're presenting him with.

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

A few of guys completely missed my point. Cheap? Yes. Worth it? Hell no! Glad he's honest? Hell yes! This isn't a slight on him in that capacity. What I meant by warm and fuzzy is how the job would get done. Obviously I wasn't too clear. No worries.

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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

Oh. In that case. No.
It's a pretty ugly process to chrome anything. And caustic. The chemicals are terrible which is why it's so expensive, and there's more labor involved than most of us think.

All the metal work that has to be done prior to, it almost like body work before paint. have to make sure bumpers are straight, dings removed, hitch holes are welded up and smooth....

Pretty interesting to say the least.

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 09:05 PM
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What was the question you asked by email then?

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What was the question you asked by email then?
X2, the question? Not uncommon for valve covers to be re-chromed

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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"
Do you think that sending the same email to another Chrome shop would result in a different response and what would you hope that response to be? That he would leave out the part about the part warping? In reading the response, I take it as he was not saying the drippers would fall off. I took that to mean the the appearance of the spot weld locations would be removed. To me that would be a good thing. Maybe I'm mis-reading it. Or, are you interpreting it to mean that since he thinks you should just buy new ones, he won't put forth his best effort? I could take it that way.

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Do you think that sending the same email to another Chrome shop would result in a different response and what would you hope that response to be? That he would leave out the part about the part warping? In reading the response, I take it as he was not saying the drippers would fall off. I took that to mean the the appearance of the spot weld locations would be removed. To me that would be a good thing. Maybe I'm mis-reading it. Or, are you interpreting it to mean that since he thinks you should just buy new ones, he won't put forth his best effort? I could take it that way.

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What I'm saying is that the results he was talking about would be unacceptable on a set of original valve covers. Many others have had their born with valve covers re-chromed. I'm surprised that these are questions from everyone. Getting valve covers re-chromed isn't anything new and the details from an assembly line set getting destroyed is a big deal.

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What was the question you asked by email then?
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X2, the question? Not uncommon for valve covers to be re-chromed
The question that I asked was just a normal first contact question. What does he get to do a set of original 69 bbc valve covers? He was very honest which is definitely appreciated. I just would never give him original parts.

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Re: Wow. No warm and fuzzy with this response

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
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Others have had their covers re chromed I'm sure. But they were most likely done to a higher quality Finnish. I think that is what he is saying. The originals actually had a crappy chrome finish. The extra attention he is doung will make the spot welds get flowed over. If you don't want better than original, just buy a set of reproduction covers. That has been my experience. The price he us quoting is very reasonable for a chrome shop.

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