THE 10 STEP GUIDE TO CHROME PLATING ON PLASTIC AND FIBREGLASS.
- Every plastic or fibreglass car part that is sent in for chrome-plating is evaluated to determine exactly what process will be used. This is decided predominantly by the type of material the quality and condition of the surface.
- The parts are stripped using a caustic or solvent mix to remove any paint or other unwanted debris from the surface.
- After stripping, the components are checked for damage and repaired where necessary. This includes filling gaps or reconstructing missing parts- This is a huge job for some items.
- Any areas which do not require chrome-plating are then carefully masked off with a tape.
- Electrodes are placed to ensure an even coating across the electroplating surface. Placement is critical to protect against build-ups in some areas and an uneven finish overall
- The parts are now coated with three layers of primer to ensure adhesion of the conductive paint to applied later. (Both the primer and the conductive paint are formulated in-house)
- After the primer is allowed to dry overnight, three coats of conductive paints are then applied and given 24 hours to dry completely.
- The components are then placed into a copper plating tank for eight to nine hours where it is gently agitated to obtain an even coating of copper that’s 50-250 microns thick, depending upon material and application.
- The next step is to place it in the nickel tank for approximately one hour to achieve a coating of nickel 20-30 microns thick.
- The thinnest layer is actually the chrome itself, which is added as the last step in the process.
The finished items look every bit as good as it would have when first produced, and is a huge improvement on the pitted and faded parts which were sent in originally.
Practically anything can be electroplated.
IF YOU CAN IMAGINE IT, WE CAN CHROME IT.