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    Hi ,
    Thank you in advance , I run a restoration shop and we restore mostly corvettes and mustangs ,early thunderbirds. So im reading these forum with great interest. Iam looking into streamlining our operation from a time line and cost factor. I have been looking into replating plastic parts mostly , the instrument cluster bezels, and clock bezels, these are rather large size items that are only plated on the borders and then blacked out, original they were completely plated and had a mask covered and painted, . the small items are plastice knobs, radio and wiper and headlamp , for example. Is copy chrome product im looking for with the copper spray adhesive promoter ?
    i have had some parts replated from shops and believe this is called vaccuum metalizing and what ever the process is not very durable and for example after taping and blacking out the part and removing the tape the chrome {foil like plating } peels right off. of course they want to charge me again to replate the part.
    Botom line, im really looking for a process we can do in house that is possibly {know im asking alot} some what more durable and save the out source cost and short time line or turn around time.
    We have a large shop and right now 44 cars in house so this is a process i wil be using for a long time and sure to repay many times back well over time. i would greatly, greatly appericate any feedback on a kit? or process to purchase,
    thank you so very much,
    Robert Wilson,
    president,Kevins Klassics