Process of Daft Punk helmets plating by Chrometech

Through this short video, we would like to show you the electroplating process for Daft Punk helmets. Indeed, there are so many Daft Punk fans around the world who want to create their own helmets.Through this process, we allow them to chrome and gold plate their creation.Have a look at the different steps, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:


Wild Art Cars From Burning Man

In late August, a community of more than 50,000 like-minded folks gathers for a week in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada for the annual Burning Man festival. Cars are not allowed as transport in this temporary small city, yet art cars called Mutant Vehicles are encouraged and even funded by a Burning Man foundation. These cars carry people and put on shows at less than 15 mph, and like the festival itself, they’re about radical self-expression.

Among this car, here are the most spectacular.


In nature, deep-ocean anglerfish are less than 6 inches long yet have ferociously sharp teeth and a unique luminescent lure hanging in front of their mouths. The fish is a popular design inspiration at Burning Man, but what distinguishes this anglerfish vehicle from the half-dozen others is the ability to shoot flames from its eyes.

Owner Joel Brown of the Looking Glass House Restaurant in Eureka, Calif., credits the “mad genius” of metal artist Mark Whitman for much of the design and operation of the vehicle.

Madame Astrolabe
Furniture designer Clayton Cartier visited the Burning Man festival in 2006 and “got a thirst” to build a vehicle that could carry an enormous sound system out onto the desert floor. To make it happen, Cartier formed a group of volunteers called the Conscious Monkey Clan, and these Jackson Hole, Wyo., residents cut the body off a 1974 Chevrolet four-wheel-drive pickup and built a boat-shaped frame inspired by a mix of Kung Fu, Middle Eastern, and Gilligan’s Island imagery. On its trailer, the Madame reaches just short of 13 feet in height, the legal highway limit—which was an entirely accidental result, Cartier says.

The hull of the boat shape incorporates large speakers, which Cartier says attracts riders. Boat throttles control the engine and the automatic transmission of the Madame, which has carried as many as 48 people on its deck. The Madame has appeared at four Burning Man festivals, and Cartier plans to return.

C.S. Tere: The Lost Machine
Inspired by a pirate ship, Andy Tibbets of Portland, Ore., built this front-drive 27-hp three-cylinder hydraulic-powered machine to carry “fire sails” out into the desert. The 10-foot-tall hubless front wheel propels the C.S. Tere, and the rear wheels are steered from the Captain’s Deck in the back.

Eight specially designed nozzles located in the large mast spray propane to create the sheets of flame. Tibbets, who began designing the machine in 2004 and building it in 2008, recruited more than 100 people to help construct it. At The Lost Machine’s debut in 2010, the hydraulic drive system acted up, so the whole thing had to be towed around the festival. But, Tibbets says, the fire displays made the effort worthwhile.

The Nautilus
The 9000-pound Nautilus is inspired by Jules Verne’s submarine from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Its base is a 2005 Eagle TT8 diesel airport tug with four-wheel drive.

Californians Christopher and Amber Marie Bently conceived the idea; Five Ton Crane, creators of art sculptures in the San Francisco Bay area, built it. The Nautilus is 25 feet long and 12 feet tall and made of laser-welded steel with decorative rivets lining the hull. The engine and steering controls are on the “bridge” of the machine. The Nautilus features surround sound, a library, a map room, and a full bar.

Wonder Wagon
Tom Bates and Gretchen Roosevelt of Tacoma, Wash., took a GEM electric car and dismantled it to its frame, then built a stagecoach on top. They moved the steering column up to the driver’s bench and attached horses from amusement park rides. About seven or eight people can sit in the coach, and one of the Wonder Horses can hold a rider.

The GEM’s batteries are charged by a combination of solar cells and a Honda 3000-watt generator, which also powers a 110-volt lighting system. There is also a propane-powered flame system that shoots balls of fire, and the horses have crowns of fire that light up the night. Bates says that the idea came from a promotional toy stagecoach from Wells Fargo Bank, and the Wonder Wagon has appeared at the Burning Man festival every year since 2008.

Walter the Bus
Inspired by a Volkswagen bus jamboree, an article about the Burning Man festival, and the availability of a 1963 Walter Crash Truck that began life as a fire truck at Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base, Kirk Strawn of Phoenix and some volunteers built the double-scale VW beginning in 2003. By 2009, Walter the bus was finished and attended Burning Man.

Strawn and company designed and built the bus with a steel frame and panels, keeping the giant fire-truck tires that were the basis of the proportions of the bus.

For the 2006 Burning Man festival Scott Cocking of San Diego studied spoke-wheel construction and set out to create 4-foot-diameter wheels out of 15-inch car wheels and 4-foot-diameter plastic drainpipe to carry the machine. Each aluminum car wheel is used as a hub, drilled with 96 holes for spokes. The three wheels have 26-inch tires stretched over them, and the machine is powered by bicycle-style gears, chains, and pedals. Cocking reports that about 1200 screws are used to hold the tires to the plastic drainpipe, and his custom-made spokes are held to each wheel with more than 1700 eyebolts, nuts, and washers. The steering system is by cable, with 12 pulleys, and large tanks of propane behind the seats of the Berserker are used for the fire cannons Cocking designed.

The Golden Mean
Metal artist Jon Sarriugarte built a 12-foot snail on top of a 1966 VW Beetle floor pan. The galvanized scrap metal is cut into “scales” and welded together.

Because the vehicle is intended to carry up to 19 people, Sarriugarte replaced the stock VW suspension with airbags and a compressor that can vary the load-carrying capacity. The engine is hot-rodded and has a large snorkel system to keep sand out during Black Rock Desert sandstorms. The steering linkage and brake systems are a custom design, he says, but the rearview mirror and a split rear window are homages to the original Beetle. Small balls of flames shoot from the vehicle’s antennae, and the vehicle is licensed for street use.

The Golden Mean won’t be at this year’s Burning Man, though, since Sarriugarte and his wife, Kyrsten Mate, are bringing two new 50-foot-tall wheeled serpent vehicles instead.

By Phil Berg

Why reflectors are not chrome-plated

A lot of people want to have their reflectors chrome-plated.

Please read below why we don’t chrome them.

Reflectors have originally in the old days been silver plated which produces white light. Continual polishing though was a bit of a bugger. So they decided to give the silver a “flash” of rhodium (a platinum metal). This stopped it from tarnishing. Silver plating in those days needed to be polished prior to the rhodium flash = labour cost. Thereafter it required an additional cleaning process prior to the rhodium flash = more labour and process costs.

Silver started to get expensive, so they turned to nickel instead.

This still required a rhodium flash to stop it from tarnishing. Instead of rhodium on top of nickel they could have used chrome. However using chrome would have given off a blue light which has a different wave length to the white light produced by silver, nickel with or without the rhodium flash, thus reducing greatly the distance that the light would travel = no good for driving around at night! In the meantime reflectors are made of plastic and not steel.

Like everything else in life people endeavour to produce smarter, cheaper, faster and better. “Vacuum Metallising” solved all these problems. In the process they were able to reduce the environmental impact caused by the plating process. Importantly though it gives off a white light!

Vacuum metallising covers the substrate with a very thin coat of aluminium. This is then coated with a weather and UV resistant lacquer.

The whole process is carried out under vacuum. Aluminium is then evaporated and deposited onto the substrate, which would be the reflector. The set up for such an automated process is extremely expensive and are mainly tied up with large in-house production facilities of car manufacturers.

Recommendation: try to find a “job shop” close to you.

It’s not all bad news though: Should you have any item made of plastic or fibre glass and you require a hard wearing and durable surface that will be handled a lot. Then our process is the way to go with an average of 150 um of copper, 30 um of nickel and a generous coat of chrome (usually measured in angstroms)1 angstrom = one hundred millionth of one centimetre.

Don’t ask me how many angstroms there are on the item, I really don’t know!

However we make sure that there is no nickel exposed. This is also referred to as a “nickel blow”.

We hope to have addressed your question adequately.

10 Most Expensive Cars in the World (2013)

10th : Aston Martin One 77 : 961,010 AUD
Aston Martin one 77

9th : Koenigsegg CCX : 1,023,000 AUD

koenigsegg CCX

8th : Koenigsegg agera : 1,028,500 AUD


7th : Maybach Landaulet : 1,096,735 AUD


6th : Lamborghini reventon : 1,118,700 AUD

Lamborghini reventon

5th : Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster: 1,128,660 AUD

pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

4th : Bugatti Veyron : 1,581,305 AUD


3rd : Koenigsegg Trevita : 1,733,780 AUD


2nd : Bugatti Veyron Super Sport : 1,783,810 AUD


1st : Lykan Hypersport : 2,635,060 AUD


A guide to re-chrome plastic car parts

Chrometech at Castle Hill, the people doing the re-chroming of some parts for a “41 60 coupe.Our customer previously used Chrometech, for electroplating the very badly pitted headlight trim strips and wiper towers on his ’39 and they still look great some 5 years later.Not a mark, blemish or pit on the pieces.

Suffice to say Chrometech can re-chrome just about anything. There are somethings we don’t chrome-plate , pieces that are in too poor condition even for Walter’s magic skills.

Our process is very labour intensive. Depending on condition we have to soak the dashes or other parts in solvent to remove the grease.It may need a highfill. After highfill we need to sand back again. Then dashes need to be taped up in the rear and electrodes are inserted. Now it goes into the spray room and a conductive paint is applied. Tape will need to be removed, electrodes are connected for subsequent electroplating.After an 8 hour electroplating process in the copper, the dash gets rinsed and then nickel plated for an hour. Now it gets rinsed and then chrome-plated. We only leave parts in the chrome tank for 5 minutes, rinse and dry. The wires are cut off and the job is ready.

How to chrome-plate on plastic car parts

Is it possible to chrome-plate anything? Basically Chrometech can electroplate anything. We can also coat every conceivable base material in a metal of your choice.
The trick with the various materials is in the pre-treatment. The items to be chrome-plated needs to be sealed if it is of a porous nature. Items made of wax, PP or PE requires a special primer prior to coating the item with a conductive layer.
Preparation of the surface is critical as a chrome-plated finish will show up and expose any imperfections. As we said in the beginning we can electroplate anything. The question is: Has the item been engineered for the electroplating process?
In many cases, the dash boards and grills that we receive have not been designed for electroplating. This requires compromises in order to achieve a relative good outcome. For example we may not want to plate the whole item. As such we will only selectively plate the areas that we can be sure will be sufficiently covered with metal to obtain a brilliant shinny surface. In the case of some of the front grills where the louvers are too wide we will recommend not electroplating the bottom side of the louvers and selectively plate only the top that is seen. This will allow more chrome onto the surface where it is required. Needless to say this requires a lot of taping up prior to making the surface conductive. In order to avoid plating on the tape which is also made conductive, we must remove the tape prior to electroplating. This may explain why the costs are somewhat higher than plating on metal. The same item made of metal may require max 1 hour to have an A-1 class job performed on it. In the case of plating on plastic with our process a grill is normally plated for 12 hours at a low current so that we can achieve a uniform deposition of copper, nickel and chrome across the whole grill.
To compensate for the lack of adhesion with this process and to promote the durability, a thick coat of copper, nickel and chrome is necessary. The average thickness of the plating on a grill is 0.2mm compared to 0.02 – 0.03mm (considered a very thick coat) with the conventional plating on steel process.
There are such things as internal anodes that can be made to order for a particular job. These however are extremely expensive and as such are not practical. Chrometech developed its own conductive sensitising media including the various primers. Variations of the conductive media and primers need to be fully understood in order to apply them on the many different types of items that we receive.