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    I live in Northern California and have to go far away to rechrome. I just recently received a bid of $1,400 to rechrome a Champ grill over in Sacramento. Does anyone know of a place to do this that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I have no problem sending the grill out anywhere.

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    Try Mexico. you need to find someone taking a whole load down there so you can get a better deal.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by abkco View Post
      I live in Northern California and have to go far away to rechrome. I just recently received a bid of $1,400 to rechrome a Champ grill over in Sacramento. Does anyone know of a place to do this that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I have no problem sending the grill out anywhere.

      I'd suggest Barry Hackney in Houston ... barry@studebakersite.com and plated in USA!

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      • #4
        If the place you took it to is Sherm's in Sacramento, they are not cheap but the best you will find and I mean good, but not cheap.
        Candbstudebakers
        Castro Valley,
        California


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        • #5
          Barry's in Texas
          Richard
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          • #6
            Has anyone tried the new spray on chrome process? It is fast and inexpensive. I saw it demonstrated on Jay Leno's Garage.
            Ed Sallia
            Dundee, OR

            Sol Lucet Omnibus

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Commander Eddie View Post
              Has anyone tried the new spray on chrome process? It is fast and inexpensive. I saw it demonstrated on Jay Leno's Garage.
              Best left to professionals, takes a special technique and has a learning curve to finally get it "right". It's Silver Nitrate and Ammonia Hydroxide, applied over black, sort of a reverse mirror silver application. Not exactly non-toxic. If you use a specialist who has the right equipment, and uses the right technique, when clear coated with a tinted clear it will resemble chrome. But, the total savings vs. real chrome isn't much using a pro to do it. Now for damaged, pitted pot metal it might save an irreplaceable part. Despite all the hype, it's not really a do-it-yourself product.

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              • #8
                From anything that I've heard the spray on chrome looks more like a real nice base clear sliver. No one seems to be all that impressed with it.

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                • #9
                  Try Alternative Chrome Creations in Haysville KS. My 33 Studebaker radiator cap was so pitted Paul's Chrome would not even attempt it. I did some research and then sent it off to Alternative Chrome. I could not believe what a great job they did. It absolutely looks like real chrome -- not just close, but perfect. If anyone wants a photo, I'll try to figure out how to post one.

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                  • #10
                    How about the chrome body wrap material? I've been considering trying it.

                    Dean.

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                    • #11
                      If by "Champ" you really mean a Champ truck, not a Champion car, decent used or even NOS grilles aren't too hard to find. You might even consider substituting a NOS Lark grille (I THINK they interchange) which you can get from SI for $85. Either way, a fraction of the cost of rechroming.
                      John
                      1950 Champion
                      W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
                      Holdrege NE

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                      • #12
                        Oh foolish me! I sent out a pair of valve covers and a valley cover to a local guy for the paint on chrome. That was almost 5 months ago, but he assures me he is working on them "not to worry". Sheesh!! Kustommusic

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, everyone. I bought one from SI and it was scratched up. Yes, it's for a Champ truck. I'd like to keep it original. I have been keeping an eye out on Ebay, but hard to find. I'll reach out to the suggestions above.

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                          • #14
                            mike, i have had some spray crome done 3 yrs a go it was great like you said , had it done around here not the guy you were talking about but he went out of business , heard he was in with a nother guy that wanted faster return on his investment so he pulled out , but he wsa great and 1/2 price of reg. cromingi might go with the guy you are talking of in KS, not that far from me.
                            Last edited by dannyo; 04-02-2016, 05:45 AM.

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                            • #15
                              mike, i have tryed a guy that went out of business cause of the other invester, but e did great with this spray crome, might try the guy are talking about in KS, 1/2 price of reg. crome process .

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