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Old 03-07-2019, 05:28 AM
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Chrome vs Nickel Plating

I'm looking at re-plating some parts, specifically the frame for the hard bags and a luggage rack / back rest combo. I've sent photos to some plating shops in my area and am waiting for quotes. What experience do members have with either chrome or nickel plating? Any thoughts on the pros and cons of either method. There are just times where the plating on fenders, handle bars, etc is too far gone to polish back to a nice finish. Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:43 AM
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Nickel should be plated under the chrome. Does that help?
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:59 PM
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Chrome is what gives the nickel plating the ability to shine for years. It keeps the silver from oxidizing and turning black. It is also a very hard plating, and will keep things from wearing through the nickel.
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Old 03-08-2019, 11:27 AM
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If you nickel plate without the chrome you get a different finish, more muted and less shine. Before chrome plating was practical, older vehicles used nickel because that was what was available. One advantage of nickel is that it bends a bit more without cracking. Does take more work to keep it from oxidizing.
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OK, thanks for the replies. Looks like chrome is the better way to go. Got a couple quotes, pretty pricey and not many places that do it. If I spend this money I'll never be able to complain to my wife again about beauty products!
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Old 03-09-2019, 06:20 PM
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If I spend this money I'll never be able to complain to my wife again about beauty products!
You got that right!
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OK, thanks for the replies. Looks like chrome is the better way to go. Got a couple quotes, pretty pricey and not many places that do it. If I spend this money I'll never be able to complain to my wife again about beauty products!
SPEND it! Make it shine.
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I'm looking at re-plating some parts, specifically the frame for the hard bags and a luggage rack / back rest combo. I've sent photos to some plating shops in my area and am waiting for quotes. What experience do members have with either chrome or nickel plating? Any thoughts on the pros and cons of either method. There are just times where the plating on fenders, handle bars, etc is too far gone to polish back to a nice finish. Thanks for the input.
Hi Billy,
"chrome" plating is a 3 layer process.
first layer is copper because it sticks good.
Next layer is the nickel which does the actual protection.
Last layer is the chrome to look pretty.
Back in the 1930s & earlier they mostly stopped at the nickel layer and polished it instead of adding the chrome.
The "look" you want is up to you.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:21 PM
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Good to see you posting again Fred!......just remember, you can 'check out' but never leave.
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