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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:21 pm 
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Hi all,

Have any of you come across powdercoat in chrome effect?

Just wondering how good it looks, before deciding if it would be a good idea or not.

Cheers,Al


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:30 pm 
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why not just chrome the bike?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:01 pm 
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Cost and environmental damage!

Al.


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Yes. There is a guy in Scotland called 'the polisher'.
I'll try and find the link...

Didn't take long!

http://www.the-polisher.com/


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:30 pm 
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Chrome itelf is also absolutely hopeless - it's porous and thus the water gets through and rusts the steel underneath.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:52 pm 
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You can get a 'near chrome' paint finish :)

Could get it nickel plated if you've got a big wallet :D


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:15 pm 
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Chrome is porous, thats why a reputable platers will plate with copper (?) first and then chrome after. good quality will last donkeys years. prep work is the real bugbear though, time invested will be rewarded later!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:36 pm 
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Hi,thanks to you all for your input.

The reasons for using a paint finish instead of chrome plating are realy for environmental reasons. Its a very poluting process and in my experiance chips and rusts easily.

I have seen a powdercoat finish but not on a bike frame.

The thing is i dont like to show i have tried too hard! And a real chromium finish is just a bit dare i say seventies road forks. :roll:

Cheers,Al :)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:26 am 
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al wrote:
Hi,thanks to you all for your input.

The reasons for using a paint finish instead of chrome plating are realy for environmental reasons. Its a very poluting process and in my experiance chips and rusts easily.


Paint isnt much better for the environment either unless you are going water based and thats about as durable as wrapping your bike in bog roll :lol:

To be honest if "the environment" is such a big concern why not just leave it as it is? No harmful chemicals required.. If your going to be a hypocirte you might as well go the full length of the field and get it acid etched, galvanized then nickel plated :wink:


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