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I have a fold down rear seat,and other parts, that’s going to need attention. What’s the best way to bring them back to life?        


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I would start by looking for cleaner panels.  May be cheaper than re-chroming the parts.  Check this site.  Parts are around.

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I've been working on restoring my fold down seat this past week in the evenings when I'm not in the garage.... using metal polish (autosol) and fingernails to remove ingrained rust on my chrome bit as well as stripping the panels of paint and glue, removing and recolouring carpet (sunfade) and reassembling. Lots of fiddling around.

I investigated rechroming, but ridiculous costs, (rear original bumper was around $600 to rechrome) so i have patiently worked on cleaning the metal. Thankfully, although there is pitting on the outer side, its not that bad and the metal polish has done a good job to restore the chrome. The underside has more surface rust and i've used rust stabiliser to stop it spreading.

Now, some of your chrome trim panels look alot worse than mine, and rechroming may be a cheaper option in the US than over here.... I doubt you will find used chrome panels in perfect condition and I don't believe you can get these in repro parts. Alternatively you may be able to get a metal person to fabricate using stainless steel.....
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The costs of re-chrome goes mainly into the polishing work to restore the surfaces to spotless mirror shine.
600 looks like a lot, but now that I (re)plate a lot these days, I know how time demanding some parts can be.

While I will never do chrome, as the kind of chemicals required for it could kill me. I know I will re-plate my fold down parts in nickel.
Tho polished zinc with a thin clear coat layer could also be very nice, both giving a much nicer shine than any paint could reproduce.

If you ever think about trying, know that you can be set with harmless chemicals and be able to do as much parts as you want for 1/3 of that bumper cost.
Steve, aka @Pegleg, now also enjoying plating his parts, could help you on where to find the necessary in the UK may you'd be interested...

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Anyone try powder coating to look like chrome? I know it’s not the same just wondering how close it it


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I think Turtle5353 replied once he tried (he's having a dedicated oven in its garage and he does pretty neat coated parts with it)
Tho, I don't think you could use powder coating because of the long hinges on these parts.
Unless you'd be able to separate them. I don't know if you can.

For the costs, as @bas70 suggests, making/let make new ones may very well be the best way to go. Especially if some profiles near original specs are available.

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(04-21-2019, 04:27 PM)Fabrice Wrote: The costs of re-chrome goes mainly into the polishing work to restore the surfaces to spotless mirror shine.
600 looks like a lot, but now that I (re)plate a lot these days, I know how time demanding some parts can be.

While I will never do chrome, as the kind of chemicals required for it could kill me. I know I will re-plate my fold down parts in nickel.
Tho polished zinc with a thin clear coat layer could also be very nice, both giving a much nicer shine than any paint could reproduce.

If you ever think about trying, know that you can be set with harmless chemicals and be able to do as much parts as you want for 1/3 of that bumper cost.
Steve, aka @Pegleg, now also enjoying plating his parts, could help you on where to find the necessary in the UK may you'd be interested...

I like what you're doing with replating as a base rust-protecting layer to paint over, that's somethring i may consider doing for certain parts in the future. I also want to learn about phosphating for the parts that have the phosphate look.....
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Phosphate and other metal electroless treatments are also on my experiments list. Especially interesting for big/long parts.
If you start/do, please share your findings!

Here some interesting video on the subject.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zseVKqcHAmI

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Found a site that has Chome color paint that is as real as it gets. Might want to check it out. Not cheap but less expensive than having it re-chrome. Go to https://alsacorp.com/ and on the left side choose Easy Chrome. I have been looking for something to use to restore the trim on my bezels. Looks like this is the way I'm going to end up going. Besides spray on kits they have a brush on kit that's not to bad price wise.
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I attempt to restore consoles and have tried all the so called chrome paints and have found nothing that is even near.
I have posted many time that molasses is cheap and easy way to remove the rust and not hurt the chrome. Feed grade molasses with 9 parts water and just leave the parts in until clean. Maybe take out and brush some to get the crust broken. It does work.
If you were in U.S. for sure it is cheaper to find better parts. I have turned down several fold downs that were nice.
Here is pic of a convertible windshield inside header chrome that was in molasses tank. I did not have one deep enough at the time but do now.

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