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56 safari

New chrome

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Since the wagon is getting new paint over the winter, I  want to get the front and rear bumpers rechromed. My front is perfect except about a quarter sized flake and the drivers rear has some wrinkling. No rust. So far i have gotten $3600 and $3100 quotes. This is a real eye opener.

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Sadly yes. Big pieces get the big sticker prices. A lot of that cost is the labor to fix the metal underneath before the plating process even begins (e.g. fixing your driving wrinkling or pitting due to rust). Did the chromers you talk to say how long it would take before you got your pieces back?

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the 3600 is about 6weeks and the 3100 is pushing 12+ weeks. I have 4 more places im waiting to hear back from.

i have a buddy looking into spectrachrome.  He does powder coating . So i thought this could be a nice add on business. Told him if the process works and holds up i would buy half the machine and we start chroming america.

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One of the biggest tasks with chrome plating is getting the substrate perfectly straight and smooth. Like with painting gloss black .. if it isn't perfect, it's terrible. No real middle ground there. They do it by layering soft copper and buffing and buffing and buffing it smooth before the bright finish goes on. Now plastic straight out of a mirror shiny mold and sprayed with this stuff might look good enough .. but getting a steel bumper perfect enough for this .... let's just say I don't think the chrome guys are gonna loose much sleep over it.

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I will say that real chrome and spectrachrome both have their places.

On a classic car like the Safari, real chrome is what people expect and frankly looks best, IMHO.

That said, spectrachrome can be tinted (in the clear coat process) to make a tinted metallic look that looks awesome for a wild looking platform, from metallic looking cars and motorcycles to whatever artwork you can imagine. Imagine a black tinted spectrachomed '33 Ford with a similarly classic flame job!

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I picked knox chrome from tennessee. I hope to get everything boxed and wrapped up by midweek and sent out.  

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Can I assume this is the $3600/6 week place you referred to above? I have not heard of them before, do they have good reviews?

What conclusions did you and your buddy come to on the spectrachrome equipment?

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Spectra chrome idea sorta died off.  

Knox custom chrome has very good reviews and i have called them twice and are very nice to talk with.

hoping to be around $2700 for both bumpers and front hood trim plus the tail lights.

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This is sort of their high season. Everyone's pulling their cars off the road and into the garage for a winter's worth of work. Bumpers and chrome head off while the car's out of sight and mind .. to return with the spring and the reopening of cruise season.

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Yes so they also know they can't let that stuff accumulate around the shop, so they have the turn it around quickly without sacrificing quality. Sounds like a really good price.

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This how she is today. Paint is 75% done. Chrome is scheduled to be done the last week of feb. I ended up not shipping the chrome out. Shipping one way was $500. I chose a place 40 min from my home , Librandi's chrome. 

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Getting closer. Trim on oneside is back on. Chrome is still about 4 weeks out.

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