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Jimmy Clarke
11-25-2006, 08:40 PM
Hey guys,

There's no such thing as a stupid question? Try this one....I'm looking for a ballpark figure on the cost of getting vent window frames chromed. I know absolutely nothing about this end of the neighborhood. I'm hopeing some of you folks that have been down this road can school me a little. Does all the present chrome need to be removed before sending it out? Will it be less expensive if I remove it myself? Does it usually take forever to get the stuff back, as I've herd mentioned? Are there many rip-off artists doing this type of work? How do I locate a reasonibly priced, honest shop, who won't take forever? I don't need show quality but I don't want it peeling off either. As always, any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jimmy '37 CE Project

Pat Skelly
11-25-2006, 08:53 PM
Jimmy
I suggest you contact Jerry Forrester, forr62@bellsouth.net Nice work, reasonable prices, and the parts will be done while your still able to put them back on.

Pat Skelly
62 GT Hawk
53 Studillac
37 Dictator Coupe

Pat Skelly
11-25-2006, 08:53 PM
Jimmy
I suggest you contact Jerry Forrester, forr62@bellsouth.net Nice work, reasonable prices, and the parts will be done while your still able to put them back on.

Pat Skelly
62 GT Hawk
53 Studillac
37 Dictator Coupe

rockne10
11-25-2006, 08:56 PM
Fourteen years ago I had a set for my 51 Coupe plated at Paul's. I removed all hardware and got show quality for $152. That included the latch handles, before I knew they were still available NOS. I sent a set from my 53 to LiBrandi's last week sans latch handles. Haven't got a price yet but will post as soon as I hear.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

rockne10
11-25-2006, 08:56 PM
Fourteen years ago I had a set for my 51 Coupe plated at Paul's. I removed all hardware and got show quality for $152. That included the latch handles, before I knew they were still available NOS. I sent a set from my 53 to LiBrandi's last week sans latch handles. Haven't got a price yet but will post as soon as I hear.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

Roscomacaw
11-25-2006, 09:23 PM
I recently got a pair done for $50 bucks. Where? I don't know. An acquaintance of mine had an "in" at a place that did lots of chrome for the low-rider fellas in the LA area.
Remember that these frames are steel and steel's alot easier to plate than pot metal - that's why bumpers can still be replated fairly inexpensively.
The shop I speak of would "chrome" anything you threw at them, I decided to chance some NOS pot metal that had never been plated before. They TOTALLY destroyed the stuff.[V] It was shiny - that's ALL you could say about it. $45 bucks for each of the parts before they were plated. Another $25 for the plating and destruction and reaffirmation that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Heed this and learn from my mistake. Of course - having been in the old car hobby since 1973 I full well knew the dangers of chrome "deals". SOME TIMES you get lucky - more often not. I took a gamble (fortuneatly with stuff that wasn't super-rare - yet) and lost, but I did so only after they'd proved they could do decent work on steel parts.[B)]
From what I know of decent shops, I'd think you'd have to pay in the $100 to $150 range to get these frames plated.:)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
11-25-2006, 09:23 PM
I recently got a pair done for $50 bucks. Where? I don't know. An acquaintance of mine had an "in" at a place that did lots of chrome for the low-rider fellas in the LA area.
Remember that these frames are steel and steel's alot easier to plate than pot metal - that's why bumpers can still be replated fairly inexpensively.
The shop I speak of would "chrome" anything you threw at them, I decided to chance some NOS pot metal that had never been plated before. They TOTALLY destroyed the stuff.[V] It was shiny - that's ALL you could say about it. $45 bucks for each of the parts before they were plated. Another $25 for the plating and destruction and reaffirmation that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Heed this and learn from my mistake. Of course - having been in the old car hobby since 1973 I full well knew the dangers of chrome "deals". SOME TIMES you get lucky - more often not. I took a gamble (fortuneatly with stuff that wasn't super-rare - yet) and lost, but I did so only after they'd proved they could do decent work on steel parts.[B)]
From what I know of decent shops, I'd think you'd have to pay in the $100 to $150 range to get these frames plated.:)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe