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hey there, how hard would it be to re-chrome all my chrome pieces in my '66 mustang myself or should I leave it to the professionals. If I can do it myself can anyone please help me with the steps I have to take. Any suggestions would help. Thanks

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rechroming your own parts? Didn't know that was possible without all the specialized equipment.

I would like to know what prep work needs to be done to the chrome before taking it to a chrome shop - to reduce costs.

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I didn't know it was possible either.

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Re-chroming is best left to professionals....
First the old chrome is electrically stripped, all repair to the part is done then, next a thick layer of copper is plated on the part.... The copper acts as "Bondo", the copper can be built up, used to fill imperfections, sanded and polished until the desired shape or "filling" is complete.
After the copper comes the nickel, a thin plating of nickel is plated on the part and buffed till a mirror finish. After all this is done, the final chrome is applied.
Cromic acid is used and is a hazardous substance... Must be disposed of according to govt. guidelines.

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I think that last part about chromic acid is why there are less quality chroming shop than there once were.

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look here:
http://www.caswellplating.com/nsindex.htm

the kits are quite expensive, but if you really wanted to do this yourself...

in my opinion, this should be left to professionals. but, just remember that any pieces that have lots of detail in the parts will generally not turn out good. it's best to only replate pieces that have flat surfaces and few bends.

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