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Have metallic paints come to the point where they mimic chrome?

Old 01-11-23, 02:52 PM
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Have metallic paints come to the point where they mimic chrome?

I keep reading how the chrome in a frame might be bad news, it never looks as good as the original chrome work, in that heat may undo the vital brazes that keep our frames together

When Bike Painter was telling me about a new product that mimics the look of chrome, copper, brass, gold etc. but that he has never use it personally.

I have tried googling it and from what I can see things still look like metallic as opposed to the smooth mirror finish of chrome.

Does anybody have any experience in this area? And if so what is the product they recommend
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Old 01-11-23, 03:11 PM
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According to the Wikipedia article on chrome plating: "For decorative coating the temperature ranges from 35 to 45 įC (100 to 110 įF), but for hard coating it ranges from 50 to 65 įC (120 to 150 įF)." Nowhere near the temperatures that would affect brazing, or tempering of the steel. You'd want to confirm that with whoever is going to do your plating, but it doesn't seem to be very hot at all and I've never heard that expressed as a concern.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_plating

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Old 01-11-23, 04:05 PM
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I think the biggest problem with chrome is finding someone that can polish bike parts well. The process itself sometimes ends up ruining bikes, but I don't think that's very common. It is expensive, at least in the U.S.
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Old 01-11-23, 05:32 PM
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1 itís expensive

2 itís not a very environmentally friendly thing to do

3. I feel bad for the employees involved in the industry because itís such a toxic environment

4. Most of the chrome shops have closed, and insurance for operating one has gone up 10 fold in the past five years

if thereís a product out there that mimics chrome without all the hassle, I would consider it.

Lastly, the thing I heard about the brazing being affected was not made up. I had overheard some very well-known Framebuilderís discussing why they donít like to chrome in the first place, and why itís worse to re-chrome.

I am not a Framebuilder or a bicycle painter so please accept my apologies if I am completely off base.
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Originally Posted by Robvolz View Post
When Bike Painter was telling me about a new product that mimics the look of chrome, copper, brass, gold etc. but that he has never use it personally.
I have tried googling it and from what I can see things still look like metallic as opposed to the smooth mirror finish of chrome.
Does anybody have any experience in this area? And if so what is the product they recommend
I have no experience but did some research on this awhile back. Here is at least one place that does it. It's a process that requires some special equipment so probably not something the occasional home mechanic would want to invest in. www.sprayonchrometech.com It's supposed to be much more environmentally friendly and less expensive to have applied but not as durable as real chrome or nickel plating but easier to work with for bikes. Jay Leno says he uses this type of chrome on many of his car restorations.
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I have seen a powder coat that looked a lot like polished copper. Although it stayed the same and didn't develop verdigris like copper would. I just really impressed myself by spelling verdigris right, must be because I'm studying French
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Saw a guy holding a raw unpainted frame, I asked "Whats next?"
He said he was taking it to a chromer in nearby Bronx, NY.
The price sounded cheaper than a standard paint job.
Now i forget the name of the place or if he was doing chrome or nickel-plate..
but I would like to nickle-plate a frame someday soon.
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