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vegas paul
05-14-2007, 03:10 PM
Never having done it before... What is the expected range of cost for re-chroming automotive trim items? Is it by the size, shape, condition, etc? Is it best to pre-finish (sand/strip/sand-blast etc.) parts before getting them done?

For items like hood ornament, tail light bezels, dash chrome, can anyone give an approximate price based on sq. inches, weight, size, etc?

Or... give me examples of what you've paid for various chrome jobs.

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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JDP
05-14-2007, 03:39 PM
It largely depends on two factors, condition of the part and level of the job. i.e. a quick replate of a decent hood ornament might be $150, show chrome on a pitted one, 3-4 times that. I paid $4500 total for decent chrome on all the above average parts on my 57 Golden Hawk.

JDP/Maryland


63 GT R2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert-63
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT-60Hawk
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

Chucks Stude
05-14-2007, 03:55 PM
Also, it seems to matter whether the part is hard metal, or pot metal. Pot metal being softer is harder to work, making it more expensive. For example, to recrome the back bumper on my 62 Gt, was $230.00. To rechrome the chrome shell of the grill, which is pot metal, he is quoting $500.00.

sbca96
05-14-2007, 04:09 PM
I paid 700 for the front and rear on my Avanti.

Tom

'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

vegas paul
05-14-2007, 04:22 PM
If I've got decent chrome on a piece with some pitting, would I be smarter to give it to the plater as is, or try to remove or smooth the finish first? Fortunately, all my big pieces (bumpers) are OK, but several small pieces (hood ornament, pot-metal tail light bezels, dash chrome) all need work.

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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JDP
05-14-2007, 04:44 PM
Don't mess with it, let the pro's deal with the pits. Shallow ones they may be able to grind out, some they may need to fill.

JDP/Maryland


63 GT R2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert-63
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT-60Hawk
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

rockne10
05-14-2007, 07:34 PM
All the good platers I'm aware of will give a quote if you send them the part. If you don't like the price they'll send it back. Nothing ventured, nothing lost, nothing gained. But send them only to highly recommended platers. You don't want to agree on a price and have it returned with all semblance of detail gone.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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lstude
05-14-2007, 08:04 PM
Hey Paul, I never could find the other front fender ornament that I have, but do you still want the hood ornament?

Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
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vegas paul
05-14-2007, 08:18 PM
Leonard - actually I found a very good hood ornament, with very slight pitting. Thanks anyway. Also I've decided to forget the fender spears - I think I like the "naked" fender look better. My major desire for rechroming is the tail-light bezels (which are pot metal I believe) and the interior dash trim pieces.

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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sbca96
05-15-2007, 03:14 AM
I had my bumpers done at Vernes in LA, Ca. They did a good job and
it was a quick turn around. They came highly recommended on more then
one of the forums I frequent.

http://www.verneschromeplating.com/index.html

Tom

Roscomacaw
05-15-2007, 12:27 PM
Just about any shop can do steel stuff - bumpers, guards an such. And lots of shops will take your pot metal and promise you'll be happy with it when they're done. THERE'S where you wanna be cautious and count on getting what you pay for (althought NOT ALWAYS, as one local Speedster restorer recently found out[V]). If they're gonna "fix" the pitting by grinding it away - RUN - run as fast as you can, from that place! They're gonna get rid of the pits alright, and you get back a nice, shiny sorta something to bolt on your hood.[xx(]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

vegas paul
05-15-2007, 12:33 PM
What is your suggestion for pot-metal? What question do I ask (and what answers should I look for) for pot-metal? Do you recommend mailing the small parts to a reputable plater? Verne's was mentioned above, and Quality Pot Metal Works is on the vendor's page. I may visit a few local shops and see what kind of work they do on pot-metal. Thanks for any more suggestions.

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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sbca96
05-15-2007, 01:59 PM
Just email Vernes and ask them, they were good about responses. Maybe
others that HAVE had pot metal parts done there will speak up. I know
they did a good job on my bumpers, I was amazed at how well the rear
came out. There was a LOT of rust at two areas, with craters. They
had to level that off, I dont see any dimpling or otherwise. Not even
a sign of where the rust was. They do Studebaker parts often enough
to know that the front Avanti bumper was 3 pieces, they also said that
the later Avanti II bumpers were thinner metal, and were not worried
about fixing the rust since they had material to work with. He was
telling me about the Ferrari bumpers they do that are SO thin they do
hours and hours of reworking to make them right. I would assume that
with that level of knowledge they can do pot metal, but I havent seen
any done by them personally.

Tom

rockne10
05-15-2007, 06:50 PM
If you are a member of your local chapter, there are surely others in your chapter who have had show restorations done. Ask them for their recommendations.

jbwhttail
05-15-2007, 08:33 PM
While I am a long way from Vegas(Indianapolis) I would highly recomend a local Indianapolis Chrome Plater for those pot metal items. The business is called Metal Finishing on East 26th St,ask for Damion 317 546 9004.

I have had numerous parts rechromed and am thrilled with all the results.Damion told me that pot metal is difficult and very few people do it properly. He told me pitted metal must be drilled out and filled as it is cancer to metal and must be removed. after filling it must be copper plated buffed then plated and buffed.

My side grilles on 56J 300.00 each, front grille 400.00, ash trays 40.00 each.

Metal Finishing was recommended to me by another Stude member who had his "pot metal" done there and was thrilled. They aren't fast but the work is worth the wait.

If you choose to call him or send parts, please tell him Joe Bacon sent you, might help in your pricing as well as others in the future.

Last time I do this,I promise

vegas paul
05-15-2007, 08:41 PM
Thanks for the recommendations and the reference. There doesn't seem to be any real "expert" locally (checked with my local chapter) so I will have to send the parts out of town.

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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52 Ragtop
05-15-2007, 09:13 PM
Paul,
Try Librandi's in Middletown Pa. It's a LONG way but as far as pot metal goes, They can't be beat for quality. 717-944-9442. I sent him some pot metal, he quoted a price, (they are NOT cheap) told me 10-12 weeks to get done. He called me at 10 weeks and said my parts were ready.
His bread and butter is, he does the chrome plating for the York Pa. Harley Davidson plant. He's also an "old car guy"
I sent the trunk lid handle on my 52 to him, and when I got it back, NONE of the lettering in the handle was damaged!
Again, he is not cheap, but you get what you pay for!

Jim

Kdancy
05-16-2007, 07:36 AM
Also, for bumpers and such-- I just had rear lark bumper done for 275.00 and both 55 champion sedan bumpers for 275.00 and 310.00 at Tri-City Plating in Elizabethton, Tn. 1-800-251-7536
Very happy with the plating job, look better than ones I have had done before at other platers. 6 week turnaround


53commander HDTP
53 Champion HDTP
61 Cursed Purple Hawk
64 Champ long bed V8

Alan
05-16-2007, 09:50 AM
Paul, There is a guy here in L.A. called Ultra Mega Bumper that does front or rear bumpers for $225 or $250 with over riders or licence plate guards. He is good on pot metal that is not too bad. He did the grill bars, surrounds, head light rims and tail light housings for my 53 + the head light rims for my 63 Champ. 10 pieces in all for $500. The only complaint I had was on the grill surrounds. On the outside lip they were like show chrome, but on the inside flat under the floating bar he never even tried to smooth up and after chrome it looked like a 18 year old with Acne. So if you want perfect you will have to do some of the work yourself. He does very good work on bumpers and the turn around time is about 1 week.

Roscomacaw
05-16-2007, 10:37 AM
While he doesn't remember it, I'm sure, I got to fondle the trunk handle that 52 Ragtop speaks of. He had it with him at the York event that I attended a few years back. It was actually better than NOS - FAR BETTER than NOS.[:p]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Kdancy
05-16-2007, 05:15 PM
quote:Originally posted by Alan

. The only complaint I had was on the grill surrounds. On the outside lip they were like show chrome, but on the inside flat under the floating bar he never even tried to smooth up and after chrome it looked like a 18 year old with Acne.

Alan, I was told by two different platers that the inside flat would
not take the chrome like the other parts. Something about how the chrome plating "throws" when in the tank. It would take nickle okay. I think the Stude factory painted this area silver? I just had some 55 grills done and I will have to prep and paint that inside flat on those as well.