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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 20, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Rechrome Tail light bezels 68 chevelle 300

I have a pair of tail light bezels for a 68 Chevelle 300 2 door post that I am restoring. They have some pitting and need to be rechromed. They are not reproduced and are different from the Malibu/ss bezels as they have rounded corners and are not designed for trunk moldings. I need recommendations on a shop that will do them right. I’m in central California but these items are small so I have no problem shipping them to get them done right.
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They are pot metal and it takes a special expertise to prepare the substrate. I would use Paul's. https://www.paulschrome.com/index.ph...ation-a-repair

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If they have anything but minor pitting I'd do it myself. Never dealt with Pauls but to do it correctly, you have to drill each pit out and fill. That's a ton of work! Most chrome shops just grind the metal down to flat, smooth, then chrome and polish. That'll work if the pot metal has very minor pitting, but will eventually come back. It's all what you're willing to do or spend.
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Two other options are Librandi's Plating in Middletown, PA and Sherm's Custom Plating in Sacramento, CA. I have used both for "pot metal" parts and aluminum trim and am extremely satisfied with both but they are not cheap.

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http://aihchrome.com/

I used these guys on my 68 tail light chrome. They still look great 17 yrs later. As I recall, I paid like $250 then.

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AIH Chrome - Custom Chrome and Nickel Plating | Dubuque, IA

I used these guys on my 68 tail light chrome. They still look great 17 yrs later. As I recall, I paid like $250 then.

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AIH is the go-to plater for many in my area for those who want perfection. I got a pair of '67 bezels back from them a few months ago. Took over a year and cost $1,000. They are concours perfect!
I have also used The Finishing Touch in Chicago, turn around a little quicker, also perfection and expensive.
Chrome pot metal is no place to cheap out!

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AIH is the go-to plater for many in my area for those who want perfection. I got a pair of '67 bezels back from them a few months ago. Took over a year and cost $1,000. They are concours perfect!

I have also used The Finishing Touch in Chicago, turn around a little quicker, also perfection and expensive.

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$1000! I am way out of touch. I haven't restored a car in quite a while. But yes I would agree they do phenomenal work. They guy tried to talk me out of it when I took the pieces to him, explain how they would have to drill out the pits in the pot metal, then braze them shut, then sand it down before any of the chroming process could begin. At the end of that diatribe, I said, you have have convinced me that I HAVE TO HAVE THEM DONE HERE!

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Thanks for the suggestions. I’m going to check out Sherm’s. Not too far away.
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