Probably more cost effective to buy a new or used one, I asked around the chaps at my local old bike meet when I was thinking of having the engine bars on my Moto Guzzi re-chromed, as it turned out it was cheaper to get a new set from a supplier in Italy who is on EBay .
chroming is not cheap and a lot of the cost is preparation. Have a scan through some of the Classic Bike magazines or Old Bike Mart, I'm sure there must be somewhere up your area.
BSA Bantam D1 "150" in use regularly often as general purpose transport, quite a few other bikes as well. Cornwall Area Rep.
May 8, 2013
Hi Alan, just come back from a chrome specialist near me. Left him with a few bits and pieces, handlebar brackets and bolts, the 3 top yoke nuts and 2 caps, 2 brake drum levers, 2 fork seal holders.......45 quid ! I dare say it's probably cheaper than buying new ones, but it's not cheap. I asked him if he would chrome an exhaust, but as Iain says he didn't want t contaminate the bath. When you consider the cost of my bits I would think even if it could be chromed, you would be better off buying a new one.
D7 & D1 Racer
October 1, 2011
August 28, 2013
Theres one on EBay with 9hours left on it for £40 inc P&P that doesn't look half bad, but i think I paid about £85 for mine brand spanking new.
BSA Bantam D10 so so near, and moved up the list again. FB Falcon 87 reg number applied for. Ariel Arrow now on the go! MZ125 running, Royal Enfield Classic love it, campervan done to tow some of the above! 1.5 Velo LE in bits!
June 17, 2013
That's useful to know. I was wondering about having my exhaust rechromed. I put on a shiny new downpipe and it made the silencer look really tatty! I bought the downpipe over 20 years ago, and my mum came across it when she was having a clearout recently. Still wrapped up and priced at £10, probably from a jumble. They are £50 now. That's inflation for yer.
October 30, 2011
There's a lot of misconception about chrome plating, it isn't actually the chrome which gives an item a brilliant look. All chrome does is reflect what's underneath, it's basically a clear hard covering.
So to get a really good chrome finish the item needs to be highly polished which is a very manual operation. Any part not polished to a high level will result in the final finish reflecting it (scratch, dull area etc.).
Once polished it then has to be nickel plated before the final chrome plating is applied. Any problems with the nickel plating (pitting etc) will again be reflected in the finish. The reason a lot of chrome platers wont do silencers is the carbon etc in the silencer will go into the nickel tank and eventually cause pitting in the plating.
If marks are showing in the finished item the chrome plater will have to strip the item back and start the polishing and plating all over again.
All this leads to costs or potential costs to the plater, hence why the charges are quite high.
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