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  • jclary
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    Several years ago I demonstrated one of my Powder Coating units for a company that made bath room fixtures. Our parts were mostly brass. The company had a plating line and did a lot of chrome. However, with the popularity of retro-look claw foot tubs etc, they began to powder coat colors. The Tiger dri-lac powder coating rep was there as well. He gave me a "yellow" to use in my demo that when baked looked like gold plating when cured! Just like paint manufacturers, the Powder manufacturers are constantly researching and improving their products. I have been out of the business for 5 year now, others may have more recent information, but it should be worth investigating. Good luck with it!

    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
    SDC member since 1975

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  • Michidan
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    I happened to notice a nice 52 sedan on ebay today - with a powdercoated "chrome" grill. Seeing this gives me something to consider. I don't care for the look of the headlight rings here, too dull. I wonder how jsut the grill would look with a good chrome bumper and other trim still in place...




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  • N8N
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    Maybe pick out the "ridges" in the beltline in a constrasting color, like red? just a thought...

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
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  • Edsel G. Tattooer
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    quote:Originally posted by TX Rebel

    Good chrome is costly, but worth the money. I can do high quality plating of die cast here for considerably less than some of the others mentioned previously.

    Barry'd in Studes
    Hey Barry, how can I get an estimate for a few parts?

    Owner of a 1950 4 door Commander

    I'll Tattoo you anytime!

    you can find me at

    Lucky Linda's Body Art 952-445-3281
    18 years in the tattooing biz

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  • Michidan
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    quote:... about those fresh daylight shots of the whole beautiful machine from a variety of different angles...
    Yeeaaa...I found out why I can't push it outside for a pic. Front brakes are locked up. Calipers sat a long time with no fluid, so I have a little project there. Then decent pics will arrive.
    BTW I agree with the comment on good chrome being worth the cost. Unfortunately good radiators and good torque converters and the rest of the stuff I still need are worth the cost too. Something had to give.


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  • JGK 940
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    quote:Good chrome is costly...
    ...and high-quality inventive solutions to rod restomod problems are priceless. See "Studebaker Ute," elsewhere listed.

    Two thumbs up from the mid-Pacific, Dan. I was kind of afraid these might wind up looking like the blackout trim on a late-series '42. Instead they look like seriously sweet.

    Now... about those fresh daylight shots of the whole beautiful machine from a variety of different angles...

    Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
    In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
    If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

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  • TX Rebel
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    Good chrome is costly, but worth the money. I can do high quality plating of die cast here for considerably less than some of the others mentioned previously.

    Barry'd in Studes

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  • BRUCESTUDE
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    Good job on the painted beltline!!! I have restored 3 '52's (2 were mine), and I love/hate that grille, but they look FANTASTIC when replated. I know chroming is expensive, but the painted grilles don't look good, IMHO.[8D]

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  • sweetolbob
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    Dan

    Wise choice on painting the poor chrome trim. Looks like it belongs.

    I like it a lot. [8D]

    As far as the wipers, I bought a set from Rock Auto. The only differerence from stock is the adjustable end that attaches to the blade. Not good if originallity is an issue but, me thinks, not so important on your car. Less than $25 for the pair including the shipping.

    Bob

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  • Michidan
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    The paint idea won out.
    I think I like it very much actually, sorry for the poor pictures but I wanted to share them. The car does not lack for shiny, as the window frames and other parts make up for it. I think the painted beltline actually works, although interested in opinions.
    No work done or decision for the grill yet - but it will not be painted grey. That's going too far.






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  • 47M-5
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    Dan:
    with my 52 the grille was $1300, and as was said above, mine a 2 door sedan doesn't have the chrome beltline. The chrome on the outside still topped $4000 to have redone, and that was a couple of years ago. At the time I thought I would choke, but as Brad said make the payments and enjoy the ride.
    Art

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  • skyway
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    Regarding Option B-Powdercoating.

    There are two big Easter Sunday car shows in St. Louis. Horseless Carriage Club (and local SDC)folks on one lot and the Hot Rodders on another adjacent lot. Yesterday was cold and sparse.

    Nonetheless, I struck up a conversation with a guy who showed me his Edlebrock intake that came from the factory in "chrome" powdercoat. I saw it in good light and it was pretty impressive. The cast words and numbers were a little vague but otherwise a nice shine.

    It looked good enough that I may have to investigate it for the stray potmetal pieces on my '41 Skyway Commander. It'll be kind of a budget job with kids in college.

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  • klifton1
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    Dan
    Bite the bullet. It'll be expensive but worth it in the end. I have a Speedster so you can guess what my chrome bill was but is worth it.
    Klif

    55 Speedster

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  • Michidan
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    That is a dark picture Leonard, but the black grill in that orange 4 door is definitely NOT my cup of tea. Same with the bullet nose idea really, I just don't care for them. Guess I am a 52 man all the way.
    If I was going to pay big bucks to do either the grill chrome or the beltline trim, I guess I would choose the grill. Which still puts me back in decision mode on the beltline stuff.
    Standing there looking the car over in person, I can visualize the gray/white and of course the chrome. I can't see making it black Rich, there is no black anywhere on this car. Decisions, decisions...

    Dan
    52 hardtop
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  • 52-fan
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    For a bright orange, in your face, hot rod the painted trim doesn't look bad, but I would try painting the grille the same as the other trim. At least he didn't two tone the grille pieces which I have seen and it just looks funny. [)]
    My brother has some of the pieces on his yellow truck painted a satin black which looks okay, but I'm not that wild about it. Just my 2 cents.

    1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona. Searcy,Arkansas

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