3 Tips to Restoring Your Classic’s Chrome Parts

Classic Car Restoration

Classic’s Chrome Parts

The car parts deteriorate along with the chromed ones. The chrome starts peeling off after a certain time and looks awful. When this happens these are to be replaced or re-chromed. After some years the new replacements may not be available at company outlets. The next choice remain is the old car parts market, where trim pieces could be difficult to find. The last option left is to get these classic parts re-chromed to restore near original finish. This requires some efforts too.

Finding a good Chrome Plater

You will have to find a good chrome platting shop to do this job. Re-chroming of classic parts requires careful and specific buffing of the parts before chrome coating. The buffing needs to be done very carefully as it can rub off the design linings, moulded letters which retain the original impressions. You can visit car clubs, car shows to seek guidance to find good plater craftsmen. When you have been recommended a few names, then you can select the one who will do your job quicker as usually good shops are overlooked. Before you hand over the parts please discuss with the shop owner what he will do if you are not satisfied with the work, this will make them alert.

Stripping Chrome Parts off your car

The classic car chrome parts pose careful handling when removing. Slight impatience can break or crack some parts. The paint work would need attention to avoid chipping. The tools would also leave marks on the paintwork when lifting and unscrewing parts. The separated parts should be segregated in a way to easy reassembly. All the parts may be labeled for identification later, separate envelopes could be used for different set of parts and noted carefully. For further easy recognition the parts can be spread in groups on the floor and photographed. This will help when reassembling. Secure the fasteners in separate envelops duly marked.

All the classic parts are to be totally separated pieces. No parts should be attached to each other as joined pairs cannot be chrome plated. The parts will include the door handles and their fasteners too. The long side mouldings can be taped on wood strips to save from bending in transit handling. The nuts, screws and lots should be tapped on the screw portion to avoid plating in order to retain fastening ease. The parts that are heavy pitted should be separated as these will need special treatment at chrome shop. Remember some pits may still remain even after polishing is done.

Assembling the plated parts

The re-plated parts should be carefully checked for anything that may be missing. The polish finish should also be examined. The photographs taken earlier will help you, inspect carefully to watch for Nickel shadow. You can judge this by looking for any golden shading or tone on edge where Nickel peeps out. This shows up on spots that were slightly under chromed. When you are in doubt then exhale breath on the area and the nickel will become prominent. Over chroming can also be checked too. When you reassemble and put all inter-fitting parts together, the fasteners will fit in easily. A perfect fitting means all is OK. When not satisfied with the work done, then you can ask the shop to restore.

All complaints affect reputation, so well reputed firms will make corrections readily. You can save such surprises when you clearly state what you want in the start. Now you can start fitting and fixing these re-chromed classic parts on the car one by one following the labels. Lastly you deserve congratulations for the hard work completed and the classic car fully decorated with re-chromed parts and restored to a near original finish.

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