[CR]Chrome plating preparation

Example: Racing:Beryl Burton

From: brucerobbins@supanet.com
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 21:14:06 +0000
Subject: [CR]Chrome plating preparation

Since a very large part of the cost of chrome plating is in the preparation of the bare steel, how easy is it to do this work?

A local chrome plater has quoted me between £20 and £50 (a fair bit of leeway there!) to rechrome a pair of 26-inch 1940s Dunlop Special Lightweight rims but said that it would cost only a fraction of that if the rims were prepared elsewhere.

However, he then said that my chances of getting them to the required polished state for a good result are practically nil. Is this true? I wouldn't have thought that rubbing steel rims until they were smooth and very shiny would have been too difficult.

Can anyone suggest the best way of preparing the likes of rims and cranks for the plater? What about frames and forks? And just how good does the preparation have to be?