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    G/DAY ALL
    has anyone had experience with getting plastic pieces re chromed and do they have any recommendations on good and bad platers.
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    I would have loved to find any company doing this. It used to be call vacuum plating and only Hella had a factory that had the capability of doing this but that was back in the 90s. Surely we have progressed

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    Icon14 Interest too in the recoating of mylar? reflectors.

    Also interested especially if small reflectors can be re-finished economically. Our camera group ran an auction of vintage camera gear and inadvertently the person setting up the auction stickers placed the sticker numbers on the reflective material of some integral flash units on some very collectible cameras. A prospective buyer tried to remove the stickers and as it came off it lifted some of the coating with it.

    Probably seriously downgraded the value of the item (part of a collection of three different coloured Beacon Cameras that were inexpensive in their day but now sought after in good condition for the rare colours

    It would be nice to know of a repairer of such items to pass on to our collector group in our magazine, if such exists.

    I seem to have a recollection of firms that did such work, but in those days it was cheaper to buy brand new reflectors for motor cars rather than get the old ones recoated - different now of course as NOS spares become harder to locate!

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    I've not used this company but it is the only one chroming plastic parts that I have been able to find on the net!

    Chrometech ? you name it, we chrome it


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    There is a company on the Sunshine Coast that does it. It isn't really chrome, but a vacuumised aluminium. They did the headlight pots and chrome rings around the dashboard clusters for my 404 resto.

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    Mario, the company contact suggests that in its bare state it is OK for items that won't receive a lot of wear. If so, he recommends a coat of clear two-pack is enough to protect the surface.

    Both the headlight pots (metal base) and the dash trim rings (plastic) are excellent.

    The equipment/machine is actually ex-Hella.

    Their contact details are;
    Hyqual PTY LTD
    Address: 31 Enterprise St, Caloundra QLD 4551
    Phone: (07) 5492 7122
    Contact: Mario

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    I would've thought companies that do vacuum metallizing would be around?

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    My man at Gold Coast Electroplating said he can do plastic chroming..real chrome. They spray the bare plastic with a metalised adhesive, then put it through the electroplating process.
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    I had my R12 kangaroo light reflectors vacuum metallised. They were good at first, but started to crinkle after a short while, possibly from heat.


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    I've been a bit slack with replies (sorry) I found a mob in Sydney Chrometech I've just arrived home to find them waiting for me, I just put all the black louvers back into them and I'm very impressed.
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