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[*] posted on 13-9-2005 at 01:55
chrome effect on plastic side panel grilles



hello everyone
does anyone know if it possible to have the chrome-effect on the side panel grilles on an early 400 twin restored. Mine has been left in bright sunlight and damp conditions for a couple of decades by the previous owner and has faded/peeled. Is it a type of paint?
also, is there a permanent way of fixing side panel lugs that have cracked? ive tried using body filler, but after a few months, this cracks too. its being sprayed this winter so i may just look out for a new panel on ebay.
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[*] posted on 13-9-2005 at 13:22


Honestly, I don't know what method they used to put the chrome on them.
But I know you can buy chrome paint on rattlecans. But I don't know if it is any good though.

[Edited on 13-9-2005 by ibsen22000]




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[*] posted on 13-9-2005 at 14:18


Check out this URL. http://www.redlinecycle.com/Sidecovers%20Aftermarket.html

don't know if these will work for your application.

[Edited on 9/13/2005 by ejshotgun]




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[*] posted on 14-9-2005 at 00:22


I really can't help you with fixing the side panel lugs cuz i don't know of any permanent way to do a fix there but for the chrome, there are plating shops that can plate the chrome over plastic for a reasonable price. The method os quite simple, they paint on a coat of electrically conductive paint then the chrome sticks just like if it was plated on metal.

As for those rattle cans that say chrome... don't waste your time or money there, the stuff looks good going on but quickly dulls then it transfers onto everything and you'll have silver residue all over anything that touches it.




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[*] posted on 15-9-2005 at 12:59


I saw this stuff on one of the Discovery channel shows. It pretty cool and would do the job of chroming you side panels very nice. Look around your area to find a body shop that may do it.

[url=http://www.alsacorp.com/products/chromefx/chromefx_show.htm]ChromeFX[/url]

Pretty spendy if you wanted to DIY.




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[*] posted on 15-9-2005 at 23:31


That ChromeFX stuff is very wicked looking and it's still quite expensive (about $2000 to do all the plastics on a crotch rocket) but it Will get you noticed.

Conventional chrome over plastic can be done at most plating shops... but I'm definitely gonna look more into this ChromeFX stuff myself... Thanks for the link :D




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