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Rechroming.

Postby milleplod » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:53 pm

Has anyone used a chrome plating service that they would recommend please? Now I've found out that my RT's headers are, in fact, chromed and not stainless, I'm looking into having them re-done. I set about them today with a vengeance, hoping to get the curved bits nice and shiny again - instead, I discovered that most of the chrome there seems to have gone! :shock: There's a mix of a lovely shade of yellow - nickel? - and matt grey - mild steel? - so I'm thinking that perhaps the previous owners have been using the wrong stuff, acid-based no doubt, for cleaning them, which has buggered the chrome over the years.

I've eMailed pics to a few places asking for quotes, but no replies as yet.

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Re: Rechroming.

Postby keiththeoutfitter1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:38 pm

Have you thought about a bright silver ceramic coating such as this one?

https://www.cerakotehightemp.com/?gclid ... gLMI_D_BwE
(There are others if you Google ceramic exhaust coatings.)

If you get it rechromed it will only discolour again.
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Re: Rechroming.

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:57 pm

Or just paint the headers Matt Black with High Temp paint?
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Re: Rechroming.

Postby milleplod » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:00 pm

I'd seen some articles about coating the headers, and did consider it, although I've seen some bad reviews and it's not a cheap option. Mine aren't discoloured, rather the chrome has actually gone altogether, leaving the mild steel underneath exposed. My previous 1200ST had stainless headers, which were fairly easy to keep on top of - I don't mind a bit of cleaning every now and then! If anyone bothers to get back to me with a quote for rechroming them, I'll weigh that up against a set of used, decent-condition stainless ones - Sherlocks have a couple in stock.

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Re: Rechroming.

Postby milleplod » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:02 pm

Or just paint the headers Matt Black with High Temp paint?
That's another idea Ced....and I've got some ht paint in the garage somewhere. Mind you, it's from when I had my FJ1200 many....many!....moons ago, so I might need to buy some more! :lol:

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Re: Rechroming.

Postby raesewell » Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:55 pm

This is the result of too much polishing Pete and not enough riding [-X

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Re: Rechroming.

Postby milleplod » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:52 pm

This is the result of too much polishing Pete and not enough riding [-X
You may be right Rae....it's not me that's been doing the polishing though, so I'm going 'not guilty' on that, and asking for a suspended sentence on the 'not enough riding' charge! :lol:
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Re: Rechroming.

Postby IanG » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:43 pm

Some chrome platers don't like doing exhaust pipes as the carbon inside messes up their chemicals. Also chrome plating odd bits doesn't come cheap so you might find it's cheaper to buy new ones.

I have used Castle chrome in Dudley and they do a good job.

http://www.castlechrome.co.uk

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Re: Rechroming.

Postby milleplod » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:56 pm

Some chrome platers don't like doing exhaust pipes as the carbon inside messes up their chemicals. Also chrome plating odd bits doesn't come cheap so you might find it's cheaper to buy new ones.

I have used Castle chrome in Dudley and they do a good job.

http://www.castlechrome.co.uk

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I'd seen on a couple of platers' websites that they ask you to thoroughly wash out the insides before sending the exhaust to them. The headers on my RT are one-piece rather than a collection of smaller bits - it'll be interesting to see what prices I get quoted! Thanks for the recommend btw - I'll drop them a line too.

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