Framebuilders - Chroming a frame
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can anyone recomend a good chromer in the new england or new york area?
12-20-05, 10:30 PM
New England Chrome near Hartford CT, (860)528-7176. they have done good work for me , but I don't know if they do bike frames.
12-23-05, 06:25 PM
Make sure the metal of the frame is compatible with the chemistry of the plating bath. Plating Aluminum is not a good idea as far as I know. Often a layer of Cadmium is put down as a base for the Chromium. Check out both chemistries.
Check the pricing. Getting custom chrome work done can cost what a frame costs. I know for motorcycles it's expensive.
12-28-05, 12:13 PM
I recently got a quote of chroming a fork and the frame of my Italvega bike. Both frame and fork are clean of all paint and rust. The quote here in Spokane, WA was fork $125 and the frame $250. Kind of pricey. A bike shop in Seattle said their chromer would be about $300. Hummm. I may go with powder coat.
12-28-05, 10:20 PM
one of the best is not far from you....Qual Krom (Erie, PA)
How much weight does it add?
12-31-05, 05:46 PM
I've gotten a couple of forks recromed at a place near me in Syracuse, NY - US Plating. They mostly do auto & motorcycle restoration stuff, but the forks both came out great. I think I paid about $75 each, so it isn't cheap, but the EPA regulates thes guys like you wouldn't believe, so you gotta pay for the clean operation. Better than chrome & cadmium in your well water!
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