At Cen-Tex Plating we use a triple plating method. This does not mean you will have three coats of chrome on your piece but its a way to describe the method in which we plate all of our products. The first step in the triple chrome method consists of straightening and fixing all blemishes on your piece. We then grind out all imperfections using a three part method; the first part consists of using a belt sander (for heavier steal and classic bumpers) then we use two different grades of emery wheel sanding making the blemishes less and less noticeable till they are gone or almost unnoticeable depending on the condition of the piece that is going to be chromed. We then use a degreasing agent and an acid base to clean your product so no flaws or blemishes show up during or after plating. The next step is the beginning of the actual plating process; we start with a coat of copper plating this fills in most pot marks and scratches and makes a good medium for additional layers of plating. The next step of the plating process is to clean any residue off your bumper or part. We do this after each different plating process (i.e. nickel, chrome). The next step is to place the product into a nickel bath. Nickel is the actual part of the plating process that turns your dull piece into a gleaming star. We rinse the product again then dip it into our chrome bath which adds a protective glossy coat on top of the nickel giving your product a bright shine with a slightly blue hue to it. Finally we rinse your piece one more time then dry and wrap it in a plastic/paper wrapper which will protect your piece or pieces while they wait for you at our shop.
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