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    I have a 1600 vulcan classic with a scratch on the chrome oil casing. I would like some help in smoothing out the scratch and to copy chrome it. I have never done anything like this before but am willing to try anything. thanks

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    i'm not plating right now myself, but i'm looking into the plug'n'plate system for scratch repair.

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    • #3
      Re: Scratch repair

      Hey wats up
      ok first off you can not plate over chrome the chrome must be removed then the scratches
      or scratch must be sanded/polished out (remember the best finish you start with is the best finish you will end up with) .Chrome Plate dose not cover scratches.
      If you have any other questions about this process please feel free to contact me
      Jim Eaton

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        jim, is it possible to build the scratch with pnp copper, then use pnp copy chrome to try to fix the scratch? thanks. mike

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          Mike
          Because the copper has to have time to build up the plug and plate is just not right for this application
          Jim Eaton

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            Re: Scratch repair

            jim, are you saying the copper can't be built up with the pnp? i was under the impression that it could-or is it just not economically feaseable(sp)?

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              Re: Scratch repair

              Mike
              The pnp is a great tool for small pieces but yes its just not economically feasible
              if you can send me a pic of the part at [email protected] and I can tell you better what the best course of action would be but I believe the best ways are to sand or polish out the scratch or to fill it in with solder or weld
              Last edited by jimcarry; 09-08-2006, 08:37 AM.
              Jim Eaton

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                Re: Scratch repair

                no concrete projects yet, jim, but i was thinking in terms of blemishes(light scratches) on chrome bumpers.

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                  Mike
                  I have done some pieces on bumpers like extensions I have posted the on this site now they were scratched deep and we used a tig to fill them in. If your plan is to use the pnp take time to practice
                  I cant stress this enough and remember that no plate will stick to chrome so the area you are working with will have to be stripped just the chrome not the nickel or copper underneath another way to fill theses scratches would be silver solder or Caswell?s plum-loy there are also some other products in the Caswell?s catalog that you might look at .
                  Practice makes perfect
                  Hope I?ve been able to help
                  Good luck
                  Jim Eaton

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                  • #10
                    Re: Scratch repair

                    thanks for the advice, jim

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                    • #11
                      Re: Scratch repair

                      I have been over the forum dozens of times searching for an answer to my dilema. I own a few vintage autos that have lots of little chrome parts on the engine not to mention the trim etc. I recently brush plated my chrome oil cap with the Caswell copy chrome brush plating kit. It worked very well, except there is an obvious line where the new chrome meets the old chrome. Anyway of making this transition a bit more seamless without the hassle of mask it etc.? Thanks!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Scratch repair

                        Question to your question
                        When your talking about the old Chrome is this on a separate pieces and the 2 aren?t matching ?
                        Jim Eaton

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                        • #13
                          Re: Scratch repair

                          Take your part off the bike. Strip it down to base metal. Then polish it to get the scratches out and buff it to a bright finish.Then replate it as per the Caswell instructions for triple chrome plating on aluminum.Thats the best way.

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                            Re: Scratch repair

                            Originally posted by jimcarry
                            Mike
                            I have done some pieces on bumpers like extensions I have posted the on this site now they were scratched deep and we used a tig to fill them in. If your plan is to use the pnp take time to practice
                            I cant stress this enough and remember that no plate will stick to chrome so the area you are working with will have to be stripped just the chrome not the nickel or copper underneath another way to fill theses scratches would be silver solder or Caswell?s plum-loy there are also some other products in the Caswell?s catalog that you might look at .
                            Practice makes perfect
                            Hope I?ve been able to help
                            Good luck

                            So what do you do with the solder? Do you just use it as a filler and polish it?
                            I have a nice problem I'm dealing with with my newly re-chromed bumper. I posted in the "metal polishing" forum.

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