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PostPost by: Volker » Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:27 am

does anybody know a company who is willing to re-chrome some pitted alloy rear light surrounds? :huh:
Problem is, they need to know exactly of which alloy materials they're made of. Would also be interested in buying some new ones if available...

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PostPost by: bvt » Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:26 pm

they are made of Mazac which .. is terrible to try to rechrome.. most poeple try to polish out the pits, which is not succesful, as the rims become too thinn, it is possible to solder the pits and polish of teh chrome but you can tell. Basicly dipping the rim to remove the chrome dissolves the Mazac.
They were die cast and tooling for that is too expensive really, i looked at various processes... a mate has a specialist casting plant.. and to maintain the tolerances for fit.. they would cost too much to make viable. some people cast them in white metal.. but really... ain't worth it.

I may look again at doing some.. I do have the light to body gasgets though, and the other bits but no spare rims.
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Dec 18, 2004 6:17 pm


Have you tried the usual suspects for new ones? .........Not sure if they are available still?

I think I've seen new ones come up on Ebay

It might be worth contacting other suppliers of old car parts, particularly those specialising in old Vauxhalls.


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PostPost by: type36lotus » Sat Dec 18, 2004 6:42 pm

Any ideas/thoughts about using injection molded plastic? Plastics can be chromed and can look just as nice if done properly.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:48 am

My local chromer, Paul's Plating in Evans City Pa., redid mine with no problem. They came out perfect.
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PostPost by: [email protected] » Fri Feb 18, 2005 11:54 pm

i have some new ones for sale or swap..........
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PostPost by: brassrngfm » Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:05 pm

FWIW - The place that I took my rear light surrounds to be chromes was PG plating in Cincinnati, OH. They've been in business for 60-70 years and have been written up in Hot Rod magazines. That said, they fill minor pits with Lead, then do a 5 layer chroming process: Copper, 2 Zinc and then 2 Chrome. Came out beautiul, about $35.00 each.
They've done all my chrome work on several cars for 25 years.
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