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Old 06-02-10, 03:21 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a good chromer?

Can anyone recommend a good chromer? I live in NYC and want to have a frame chromed.
Thanks in advance.
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Cheaper to buy a used Pista.
If you read up on chroming you'll undserstand why.

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i looked long & hard when restoring a vintage roadie. nobody does it both affordably and well.
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Get a Schwinn Madison and strip it; do a search and you'll find many threads on the subject.

e.g., http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...chwinn-Madison
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or the chrome kilo tt
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ial_chrome.htm

we just got one. it looks specttacular


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Chrome plating is difficult, expensive, and extremely toxic. If the chemicals involved are not sufficiently removed afterward, they can destroy the frame through corrosion. And the byproducts are extremely environmentally harmful and tightly regulated, which is part of why it's hard to find someone who's licensed to do it.
Chrome is shiny and pretty, but it's not worth the cost or the toxicity, IMHO. If you want a durable finish, get a good powder coat. If you want something snazzier, you can get a pretty fancy paint job for what chrome would cost.
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you can get a pretty fancy paint job for what chrome would cost.
less, actually.
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Cheaper to buy a used Pista.
If you read up on chroming you'll undserstand why.

Enjoy
That's about the only thing I read that makes any sense.

There's a chromer in Newark, NJ. I don't know the name but you should be able to find them through the yellow pages. I didn't use him for chrom plating but they dechromed some Harley parts and polished them. Came out great. I wanted to get a dirtbike frame chromed and was quoted (by numberous companies) about $1000. I would guess a bicycle frame would cost somewhere around $4-500 +shipping if you had to ship it. So yeah, an already chromed frame would save you money bigtime.
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