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chrome plating for frames(2 posts)

chrome plating for framesdesmo
Aug 29, 2002 9:35 PM
I'm having a local builder make me classic geometry frame out of tig welded Foco. A friend who owns a hot rod/custom shop is going to handle the paint work for me, which will be a retro 70's look in pearl white with red accents and gold striping. I'm kicking around the idea of of having the seat and chain stays chromed, but before I entrust this job to the automotive world I would like to know if there's any drastic differences between plating light weight bike frames and car bumpers?
Related: Anybody know about "hydrogen embrittlement?"cory
Aug 30, 2002 8:22 AM
Got to be a metallurgist out there somewhere...years ago, when I was fooling with cars, there was a folk legend that you shouldn't have critical parts chromed because of "hydrogen embrittlement."
What do I know? But supposedly something in the process could affect the metal, so it became brittle. I've owned a couple of chromed bikes with no problems, but they were pretty stout, low-end frames with plenty of extra metal. Anybody know one way or the other?