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Old 02-02-2014, 13:09   #1
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Rechroming experience?

Has anybody here had any experience with rechroming an old binnacle? I've had a local rechroming guy working on mine, but he's having trouble with it. Have located a shop in Massachusetts who have rechromed a lot of old binnacles for the Ritchie compass factory. They're very expensive, but they seem to know what they're doing.

Anyone else have any experiences or recommendations?
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Old 02-02-2014, 13:26   #2
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Re: Rechroming experience?

You want a qualified plater who knows how to do "Bumper Chrome". (remember when bumpers were shiny?) This is a place where hiring an artist to do art work is necessary. In my area, I go to Chicago. If you get a good recommendation I would ask for a couple of references and go with it.
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You want a qualified plater who knows how to do "Bumper Chrome". (remember when bumpers were shiny?) This is a place where hiring an artist to do art work is necessary. In my area, I go to Chicago. If you get a good recommendation I would ask for a couple of references and go with it.


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What's the shop you use in Chicago for re-chroming? What is their turnaround time, normally? Cost? Thanks, Rognvald
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What's the shop you use in Chicago for re-chroming? What is their turnaround time, normally? Cost? Thanks, Rognvald
We use Industrial Hard Chrome BUT - this is for industrial hard chrome. We are machine builders. I would contact professional industrial chromers and ask for a reference. Some industrial platers do decorative chrome but many do not.

Sorry I can't give you a better source.
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Re: Rechroming experience?

If you are doing a compass binnacle you had better tell them NOT to use nickel under the chrome or your compass will not work. Chroming a binnacle is a very special process not to be left to first timers.

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