Frequently Asked Questions

Can you repair & Chrome Mazak?

Yes, we are probably one of the only companies in Europe that can! We repair broken and damaged castings and can even fill some pits. However, we can’t guarantee perfection! Each casting is unique and as such each case is individual.

Do you Chrome Exhaust pipes?

Yes, provided that they drain! We need to be clean them out before we can process them, any oil or carbon can be very harmful to the plating process. A simple trick is to fill them with water and if they drain out quickly and efficiently, without trapping water between the baffles. There is a good chance we can plate them.

Do you remove all the old plating?

Yes, all the existing plating is removed by the reverse plating process. Each layer is electro chemically removed. This is a non-aggressive process and does not damage the base metal. This leaves the base metal in its “Maximum Metal Condition”.

Shall I Shot Blast the parts?

No, this is an aggressive process and will most certainly damage the base metal. Any paint grease or rust is chemically removed by ourselves as part of the preparatory treatment.

Can you Chrome on Plastic?

No, but through our network of quality tested suppliers we are able to put you in contact with a company that can.

Do you do repairs?

Yes, we have a full Engineering and fabrication shop and are able to offer a range of services from a simple dent repair to in some cases a complete re-manufacture.

Do you mask off threads?

Yes, we identify before processing problematic areas that can be affected and mask where necessary.  We guarantee that when you receive your parts back everything will fit together.

Can you Chrome on Ally?

Yes. Aluminium is a difficult material to Chrome. If it has been previously Chromed and pealing it can be even more difficult. It may be worth considering having it in polished aluminium? It can look just like Chrome, but without the hassle!

Is it cheaper to buy new?

You need to consider all the pro’s and con’s. Generally original parts are made from better quality material; they fit the vehicle and re-chroming superbly. Most repro parts are cheaper, but are poor quality and average 15% smaller. Recycling your old parts is green option and the vehicle remains 100% original.

Will you lose my parts?

No, all parts entrusted with us are listed and photographed. They are checked through each stage of restoration to prevent the risk of losing or mixing any of the parts. Most small parts will be presented back to you with a photographic list upon completion.

Is it triple Plated?

Yes, parts are copper primed before Nickel and Chrome plating. In some cases we use a duplex Nickel process.

Do I need to prepare the parts?

No, we like to receive the parts in their original condition. All our processes are none aggressive and our aim to preserve the metal prior to restoration. This gives us the best chance to restore your parts to the heist possible standard.

How can I get my parts to you?

Our carrier does offer a third party collection, but there is a surcharge. The easiest and cheapest option is the post office. For larger parts such as bumpers can be sent by parcel Force through the post office. Super market boxes can be stripped up and wrapped around bumpers so there are no sharp edges.

How do you send the parts back?

Fedex handles all our mainland and overseas deliveries. Any other smaller parcels are sent royal mail 1st class “signed for” or special delivery. 

What happens when you receive my parts?

Once we receive your parts, we will inspect them, call you and confirm the price and delivery. If you decide not to proceed, we will return them to you free of charge!

What the best way to look after plating?

When you receive your restored parts back from us it’s important that you look after them. You will receive a care leaflet explaining dos and don’ts on reassembly and how to look after your bright work. We will also recommend aftercare products suitable for your bright work.

What method of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit and debit cards, together with Cheque or cash. If you pay by cheque please allow 5 working days to clear personal cheques.

Do you chrome Alloy Wheels?

No, the reason is they need to be plated on special jigs. These jigs allow the chrome to plate evenly, so you have an even deposit from the outside edge of the rim through to the centre. Without this you would have a high build up on the outside edge and on thickness in the centre. This creates a problem because the edge will be susceptible to cracking if touched by a tyre lever or curb and the centres will corrode very quickly.

Can you chrome wire wheels?

No, when they were chromed originally they were chromed as individual components i.e. spokes, hubs and rims, then assembled on a production line. To re-chrome they would have to be completely dismantled, but then the rims could not be chromed, because they need to be chromed on special jigs. This allows the chrome to plate evenly through the whole width of the rim.

Can you chrome motorcycle rims?

Yes, Dunlop, Jones and Takasago steel rims, but not alloys! This is not a cheap option as they are time consuming. But these old rims are made of good quality material and normally restore very well. They are made in one continuous section and have only one join. Most repro rims are made in three pieces and have three welded joins. The problem is they very seldom run true and have been known to fail. Most repro rims are made and chromed with the smallest spoke hole and then drilled out if bigger spokes are required. The problem is they go rusty around the spoke holes very quickly.

Do you Chrome Petrol Tanks?

Yes, with the traditional chrome panel type of tank, we firstly make a temple of where the paint line is. Then we chemically remove the old paint and electro chemically remove all the existing layers of old plating. Paint templates are then put back on the tank and the painted area is then marked out. The tank is then sateen finished over the painted area and mirror polished on the chrome panels. The whole tank in then chrome plated, to real a sateen chrome on the painted area and polished chrome on the panels. This process is the original method and enables a key for the re-painting.

How long does it take?

On average 3 to 4 weeks, if you want it quicker we will always do our best to accommodate you. Unlike some companies we do not charge for a quicker service.

Can you supply bumper bolts?

Yes, we stock 3 different sizes all in mirror polished stainless steel. If you have a sample one, we should be able to match it for you.

Can you re-silver headlamp reflectors?

Yes, provided they are metal we can restore them. We can even re-silver sealed beam units! We have a special technique to remove and re-fit the glass.

Can you re-silver sealed beam units?

Yes, we have a special technique to remove and replace the glass after re-silvering.

Do the parts need heat treatment after plating?

In some cases, if the parts are load bearing such as springs or suspension parts. Hydrogen enbittlement can occur. It can be treated by placing in an oven for 1 hour at 200 degrees centigrade.

Do you chrome motorcycle frames?

Only Rickman, Hesketh and grass frames, or any other frames that have been plated before or have been designed to be plated. The principle difference is these frames have drain holes in the frame and most importantly have brazed joints and not Mig welded joints.  Mig welding is porous and cannot be sealed by plating. Therefore they will go rusty very quickly.

Can you fill holes in bumpers?

Yes, drilled or corrosion holes we can fill unwanted holes or cut out corroded or damaged metal and replace with new material.

Can you take dents out of tanks?

Yes, we have pioneered a technique over the years where we go in through the filler cap and push out the dent. In other cases we will cut a 50mm hole in through the base of the tank, push out the dent and then tig weld an oversize cap.

Do you hard chrome forks?

Yes, the fork legs are measured before we start to ascertain their original size, we then put them on a machine and grind the surface down to take out the pitting and any run out. The tubes are then measured again and compared to their original size. They are then hard chromed to build up the difference plus and then finally the hard chrome is ground back to reduce the tubes to their original size again. Refurbished forks are far better than new, simply because you will end up with on average 0.4mm of hard chrome on the surface compared with just a flash on new forks!

Do you chrome other than vehicle parts?

Yes, juke boxes, old prams, ordinance, bathroom fittings, taps, door furniture, bicycles,  and much more.

Do you re-Silver Antiques?

Yes, candelabrum, table ware, teapots, meat dishes, chandeliers’ and much more. Including repairs, re-soldering, removing dents and even remaking parts.

Can you straighten & take dents out of bumpers?

Yes, we can straighten and remove dents from bumpers.

Can you remake parts?

In some cases, it depends on what it is and whether it is within our capacity. We can put you in touch with companies that can almost make anything within reason.

Do you take grilles apart?

Yes, grilles need to be dismantled before plating. We normally make a drawing and number each louver in the grille matrix. Strip, polish and chrome the individual pieces and then re-assemble. The end result is far superior than trying to chrome it in one piece!

Do you fill the pits with copper?

No, the truth is copper does not fill the pits! But a successive layer with intermediate polishing spreads the copper over the pit to form an artificial skin. A bit like spreading butter over toast! This can lead to premature failure as crevice corrosion may be accelerated with the presence of dissimilar materials and a porous surface. We have all seen in the past heavy Copper plating peeling back to reveal rust beneath! Our process prepares the surface and removes as much of the pitting as possible. Then Copper priming before Nickel and Chrome plating.

What are your opening times?

Our business hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday 8.00am to 12.00pm, but always check before coming on a Saturday.

Do I need to make an appointment before I come?

No, we are an official business on an industrial estate and you are welcome to call anytime.


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