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Chrome platers

#1 Post by Michael Moss » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:25 pm

Any recommendations for chrome plating? I would prefer to do business in the S.F. Bay Area, but I'm willing to ship my parts if someone has had a good experience somewhere else. I need the window frames replated along with the quarter window frames, latches, and some small misc parts. Mike

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Re: Chrome platers

#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:21 pm

Two platers I use in the Los Angeles area: Luis at Supreme Plating in Inglewood and Jose at Christensen's Plating in Vernon. I just had Luis do a pair of quarter window frames and latches and he previously did my door frames. They came out great. I refer to Christensen's as the Tiffany's of chrome work. He does excellent work on parts that have have more definition that needs to be retained. He is more expensive but well worth it.

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Re: Chrome platers

#3 Post by Jay Wiener » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:38 am

Mike, Christensen's used to be the best. They are very expensive now and you need to check all of their work.

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#4 Post by Alan Hall » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:38 pm

Mike,
It has been a number of years now, but I was happy with the work done by Global Spec Plating. As I recall they were in either Hayward or Fremont. Seemed very professional and did a good job.

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#5 Post by ralph bauer » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:04 am

Hi Mike,
Two platers I have used within the last five years:
1. ABC Plating in Sparks, Nevada. Good quality/prices. they do a lot of plating for custom cycles, and domestic hot rods.
2. Johnson Plating on Telegraph in Oakland. Small shop, I don't know how large of items they can handle. Fairly expensive.
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Re: Chrome platers

#6 Post by Steve Douglas » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:57 am

Mike, I have used Johnson's in Oakland for years, and they have always been good. I guess now that Superior in San Jose is finally closed, and some of the guys moved to Valley Plating, but reports that they aren't good enough for 356 parts. Also I have used Walkers Chrome, in Lake Shasta, but that was years ago, back when Grandpa ran the shop in Vacaville, 3rd generation family business.
ABC has done some work for others and reported as good.
AAA, and Sherms in Sacramento both have been good, and do a lot of Hot Rod work and they are cheaper than those in the Bay Area.
Inventory the parts, make sure that the details of each piece are written down on the list, such as the ridge on Areo mirror bases are to be left, make a brace to hold the window channels from warping. and a any of the SWF and K numbers may be wanted.

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Re: Chrome platers

#7 Post by Rick Albro » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:15 pm

Jose at Christensen's plating is the only choice if you want your plating to be right! How expensive is the work if the part is destroyed? If the part has to look good and meet high tolerance like door handle parts where the replacements are hard to find and expensive you want the plating to be right with out question. If the part does not matter how it looks or performs than who you choose does not matter. I have had good plating at other shops but Jose's work is unmatched when the plating counts. Some parts are less critical than others so choose according to what your needs are.
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Re: Chrome platers

#8 Post by Jim Alton » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:21 pm

As long as we're debating Los Angeles area platers, I've always gone to:

Verne's Chrome Plating
1559 W El Segundo Blvd,
Gardena, CA 90249

(323) 754-4126

And, I will continue to take my work to Verne's
 
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#9 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:45 pm

I used to use Verne's until, after specifically telling them not to buff off the SWF on my front tyrn signsls, they did anyway and just shrugged when I sounded them about it. A friend and I priced chroming T-6 door frames getting estimates from Supreme, Christensen's and Verne's. Verne's was the highest then said it would be even more if we wanted the "Willhoit level". We went with Christensen's and they came out great.

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Re: Chrome platers

#10 Post by Greg Bryan » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:05 pm

I've used Christensen's and Verne's - I thought the Christensen's output was superior. The staff at Christenson's are very familiar with the 356 parts and, for example, showed me several areas that typically have cracks and, sure enough, mine were cracked. They repaired the parts before plating - the finished product was stunning - there's no other word. Verne's was good, but not at the same level, in my opinion.
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Re: Chrome platers

#11 Post by Michael Moss » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:22 pm

As a follow up on the chrome platers, I took my parts to Global Plating in Fremont. Price was reasonable compared to others, and the parts turned out great! When I walked in with my parts the guy identifided them as Porsche parts without me saying anything. They were careful with the polishing at the corners ( not to round the tips ) of the quarter windows. Took a little time but great results. Mike

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Re: Chrome platers

#12 Post by Mike Wilson » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:54 pm

Congrats, Mike, on getting a satisfactory job. We can add them to our list of good platers.

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Chrome platers

#13 Post by Tom Wavrin » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:39 am

Walker's Chrome in Shasta City, CA, closed shop at the end of 2017.
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#14 Post by Ron LaDow » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:44 am

Michael Moss wrote:As a follow up on the chrome platers, I took my parts to Global Plating in Fremont.
In which state? Your profile offers no clue.
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#15 Post by Ron LaDow » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:57 am

Tom Wavrin wrote:Walker's Chrome in Shasta City, CA, closed shop at the end of 2017.
Industrial Plating in San Carlos, CA did so about 6 months prior to that. One of the last shops in Nor Cal doing Cd plating. Yes, it's toxic, as are kidney beans, if you eat them improperly prepared:
"I was reading up on toxic foods when I saw them on the list: kidney beans."
https://www.statefoodsafety.com/Resourc ... oxic-beans
Hint: Don't eat Cd.
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