Can Reynolds 853 be Chrome-Plated?
I have a 1998 Paramount that was built by Match out of Reynolds 853, and it's time to repaint it. I have considerable sentimental attachment to this particular bike.
I own older Paramounts that feature chromed lugs and stays, and I'd like to do the same with this frame. The alternatives - buying a $3K Waterford 953 frame or the $6K 70th Anniversary Paramount frame - are beyond my budget.
I sent an email to Curt Goodrich, one of original Match framebuilders, and he said he saw no reason why the stays and lugs couldn't be chromed. I've also seen sites from other framebuilders that show 853 frames with chromed chainstays. However, Waterford claims that chroming 853 compromises the tubing.
So, I throw the question to the experts - not the question of whether adding chrome aesthetics to the frame makes any sense, but whether it can be done without ruining the frame.