Chrome shops around the country are disappearing due to environmental restrictions and the fact that new cars aren't wearing chrome like they used to. So where can hot rodders go when they need parts replated?
The future of chrome lies in spray-on finish systems like that from Spectra Chrome. Creations n' Chrome in Valencia, California, is an automotive refinishing shop that provides Spectra Chrome finishes. It is also a training center for the process.
We dropped in to see about reviving a pair of '50 Plymouth taillight bezels. Creations n' Chrome shop owner Gary Watson pointed out that our pitted potmetal would dissolve like Alka-Seltzer if dropped into a traditional dipping tank. He explained that the Spectra Chrome spray-on system is a hybrid plating process that applies a super-thin layer of sliver nitrate-less than a micron thick-between two layers of paint. It's "plating on a molecular level," he says, and it can be applied to plastic and flexible vinyl as well as to metal and other materials. Then he made our taillights look new.
Automotive shops all over the United States are offering Spectra Chrome plating. Contact Spectra Chrome for names of shops in your area that are equipped with this system.