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Chrome Plating Plastic ?

Discussion in 'General' started by ZedzDead, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Mark N

    Mark N
    Z Club Member

    Is this what you are talking about?

    https://www.dual-metallising.co.uk/chrome-effect-on-plastic/
     
  2. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Its certainly what I'm talking about and this is one of the companies that I'm waiting for a reply from.
     
  3. status

    status Well-Known Forum User

    Yeah could be,following with interest a go a pair of 240 and 260 to get done
     
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  4. richiep

    richiep
    Z Club Member

    For 240Z-style, you can buy replacement trim new that I suspect would be cheaper and far less hassle than getting originals replated. Not sure about 260/280/S31 style though. My own experience with replating plastic is that it is ineffective. The root problem is the old, dirty plastic substrate. Adhesion is variable. Might look good to start with, less so when it starts lifting off. That's when you can find somewhere willing to do it for private customers on a one-off basis, which is next to impossible.

    Chrome paint finishes have progressed significantly in recent years and shouldn't be excluded as an option. Gloss black base, chrome tint, modern 2k lacquer. For UK light and heat conditions that should give a good finish if the base material is cleaned and prepared properly.
     
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  5. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Haven't come across any new reproduction surrounds and suspect if OEM ones were available they'd be £1000.00's ! richiep.

    Nothings discounted so far, although options are looking a little limited at the moment based on the lack of interest from all but one company contacted.
     
  6. richiep

    richiep
    Z Club Member

    240Z trim strips:
    https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/33-1169
    Z Car Depot has them listed too but are out of stock at present. Can also be found on Yahoo Auctions Japan usually.
    Obviously, the new reproduction rear light sets available from assorted vendors come with them, so ideal if one was converting an ex-US car to UK/Euro/JDM spec.

    260/280Z bezels - someone really needs to start reproducing those! They stand out as a part crying out for some new supply.
     
  7. Geoff-R

    Geoff-R
    Z Club Member

  8. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Considerably less trim involved with the early type lights that's for sure !
     
  9. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Yep sent them an email Geoff no response so far
     
  10. Geoff-R

    Geoff-R
    Z Club Member

    Wonder if lockdown has had an effect on these places not being able to operate (lack of demand etc). Can't seem to find anything this side of the border really, hopefully some of these companies get back to you soon as I think these trims really need the job doing correctly on them, I just don't think it would be doing a restoration justice to have to wrap them or settle on painting them in a different colour.
     
  11. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Hopefully things will return to some sort of normality next year Geoff
     
  12. candy red

    candy red
    Z Club Member

    https://www.dual-metallising.co.uk/chrome-effect-on-plastic/

    Spoke to a guy at this company a few years ago he was willing to have a look at what was required unfortunately he has now sold the company.But I didn't know that until I rang the number I had stored today.
    Spoke to another guy he thinks theres a possibility they might do the rear light bezels but they don't do 1 offs ,mentioned that I'm in a car club and theres quite a few 0f us need these doing but we need to get a list and numbers :)

    He did say it wasn't down to him to say yes or no :( But he gave me the name of the lady in charge who has took over the company told me to ring her on Monday we can hope:) Not looking to take over this thread just try to help;)

    Please ad to list so i can tell them how many the more the better :thumbs:


    Candyred x 2 sets
     
  13. status

    status Well-Known Forum User

    Stick me down Del
     
  14. Dale

    Dale
    Z Club Member

    Me too. Possibly two sets if it’s needed to help.

    I wonder if casting new ones in metal to be actually chromed would be feasible?
     
  15. Geoff-R

    Geoff-R
    Z Club Member

    Definitely stick me down for a set, cheers
     
  16. Ian Patmore

    Ian Patmore Well-Known Forum User

    As Status said, US is best place, I have had 2 or 3 sets done (260z), with a good coating on them. You can feel the weight. I used;

    https://www.zzxdatsun.com/catalog.php

    Whether they still do them....
     
  17. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Nice one hopefully you'll have better luck on a multiple basis.
     
  18. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Had an email back from Simon at Chrome Spray ( thanks for the link Peter ) and he's quoted £60.00 each for the surrounds.

    I'm aware this isn't the same process as traditional chrome plating we're all looking for but certainly worth consideration if all else fails.
     
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  19. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    And what if someone started producing new, stainless steel trims ?

    Anyone interested seriously in that ?
     
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  20. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Good Idea Sean, obviously depending on time scales & cost to some extent.
     

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