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  • TX Rebel
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    I triple plate most Studebaker bumpers for $300.00 ea. Avanti fronts are of course more because of multiple pieces. Plating costs will be going higher this year. www.studebakersite.com

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  • okc63avanti
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    Michael Myer sent the chrome from my avanti to a chrome shop in California. I believe it is someone they worked with prior to their move to Ohio. My Chrome bumpers, valve covers and oil galley cover where all done by the shop in CA that Michael uses. When I inquired about the extra expense (shipping) vs. some one closer, his reply was that he could trust this shop to do it correctly as stated in the post above:
    Originally posted by jnormanh View Post
    Good chrome replating will never be cheap. There's just too much labor involved - stripping off the old plating, straightening, polishing out mechanical and corrosion damage, and then replating, one bumper at a time.
    Michael's main concern with the chrome bumpers was something he calls "spider webbing". Apparently some chrome platers may send you a rechromed bumper that looks good initially but after some period of time small spidery looking lines or micro cracks begin to appear in the chrome.

    The work done on my bumpers wasn't cheap but they were absolutely beautiful when finished. Another aspect of chrome shop expense is the chrome process and environmental regulations. The related chemicals, air emissions associated with the process are driving up the cost, probably more so in CA vs. some states.

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  • bob1944
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    Quality Chrome in Sterling,Il. did my 55 Commander bumper 2 years ago and did a nice job at the time it was $1,000 for front and rear with bumper guards. The guard needed work and I was satisfied with what I got. Final Touch wanted a lot more but they told me they only did show chrome.

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  • aarrggh
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    Rust is my friend , and i save alot of money by not treating it . .

    Last edited by aarrggh; 04-08-2012, 02:46 PM.

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  • jnormanh
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    Good chrome replating will never be cheap. There's just too much labor involved - stripping off the old plating, straightening, polishing out mechanical and corrosion damage, and then replating, one bumper at a time.

    A factory making new bumpers by the thousands can probably do the plating for under $20. On new, clean, straight steel, hundreds per day.

    That said, a smallish bumper as used on most Studes can probably be replated, good quality, for $400, maybe a bit less.

    But if you send the plater a twisted, dented, rotten old bumper, and expect show quality back, then it's going to cost more.

    And if your bumper is one of those enormous bumpers off a '58 GM car, bent, dented, twisted and rusted to oblivion, the plater has not ripped you off at $1000. He probably rather you went somewhere else.

    I don't know Jerry Forrester, but I do know plating, and the photos I've seen of his work, plus the price info people have supplied. tell me that he does good work at a reasonable price.

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  • unimogjohn
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    Well I see that no one has said how much it costs. To answer your question I paid about $1300 including shipping for my Avanti bumpers from Jerry a couple of months ago. Mine did not require much rework to make them straight again. He did a great job on them.

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  • Kdancy
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    Originally posted by bezhawk View Post
    I second Kdancys' statments completely. However, if your dissatisfied with quality of services, they should be given the opportunity to rectify the situation to ones satisfaction. I will say it's very disappointing to send off good parts and get back parts that were worse than you sent.
    In the example I gave in my original post, I sent the part back (an NOS hood ornament) to have them plate a second time. It came back in worse condition. They then offered to and did refund my money but I'd rather have had the part done right the first time.
    The good thing that came from that experience was that I did find an excellent plater that made the ornament look better than new. They have done several thousands of dollars worth of plating for me since.

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  • kmac530
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    I have found that using folks here on the site has almost always proven good. They tend to know they have a reputation to uphold and care, not only about their customers and their rep, but also about Studes in general and that works out to good service and quality service with fair market prices.
    As far as chroming, I have not done any on my truck, so I can not personally speak to that, and with Jerry being accross the country, shipping a bumper would not neccesarily be cost effective, even be prohibitive. But I would use Jerry for a hood ornament, badges, door handles.....anything that would fit in a standard ship box for sure.

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  • speycaster
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    a great chromer and master metal finisher who does top quality with copper nickle and chrome is super chrome in spring field oregon mr mike shipley he is also a car collector with 13 cars 541 741-7881

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  • bezhawk
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    I second Kdancys' statments completely. However, if your dissatisfied with quality of services, they should be given the opportunity to rectify the situation to ones satisfaction. I will say it's very disappointing to send off good parts and get back parts that were worse than you sent.

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  • Kdancy
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    I've used quite a few platers over the years on various restorations and have learned that re-plators are not an "exact" science and their prices are all over the place. I've used one recommended on this site that resulted in one of the worst jobs I've had done and wound up sending it to these guys for a re-do--
    http://www.chromeplatingin.com/
    They fixed the screwed up plating job and it looked better than new when I got it back. At a cost that was 10.00 more than I paid the other place, and this was to totally re-do the just plated item. Needless to say, I now have them do all my plating.
    I've sent them a lot more work including the 70 Jag XKE we did and all the plating for the 58 Packard Hawk I am working on now along with the 37 Terraplane PU (some parts that another plating company screwed up and charged "Rolls Royce" prices for Yugo results). It is a family run business and all plating work is done "in house".
    Things I have learned--
    1- take pictures of each and every part along with parts list of items sent. Have this record on hand in case a part comes up missing.
    2- Make sure there is a guaranty-warranty on the quality of work and that the plater understands what type of work you expect.
    3- I don't use a "middle man" to have my stuff plated. Be sure you ask if the person does their own work or farms it out for some one else to do. You would be surprised at the work that is actually subbed out to other shops and by doing this quality suffers.
    4- price is not a guaranty of quality. Some of the worst plating I've seen was also some of the highest cost.
    5- The quality that one person receives isn't a guarantee that you will get the same.
    6- I send out test pieces first - to see what kind of quality I can expect ---the above item was one of those "test" runs.
    7- Most of these shops have low paid employees, which generally results in high employee turn over- thus the guy that did your plating this time may not be working there next time!
    It is the one area that you must stay on top of if you expect superior results.
    Last edited by Kdancy; 04-08-2012, 11:53 AM.

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  • mdelapp
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    Where is Jerry located?
    I'm in Chicago area and have used Calco for some bumpers. So far good results and farily good prices (whatever that means). There is Finishing Touch in Chicago but higher priced. Our SDC chapter is doing a meeting at Finishing Touch on Tuesday. I will report any information that seems wothy.

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  • 37CoupeE
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    I have found that chrome for Avanti bumpers is ridiculus for what is being done.
    The front is almost $400 for the center and the ends are almost $300 each.
    The rear bumper alone is almost $500.
    The rear guards are $150 each.
    This from two different chromers.

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  • Dick Steinkamp
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    Your bumper has the incorrect end bolt <G>.
    but...it's a custom, not a stocker and that's the way I wanted it <GGG>.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    Your bumper has the incorrect end bolt <G>.
    Its not HIS anymore!

    Craig

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