as someone mentioned, nickle plating is the first step to chroming.
but the best advice i have heard, as I do extensive metal finishing, is Harvey's post where he exposes the extreme toxicity and environmental issues with this process. Most chromers have closed down because of the regulations imposed, less stringent than what they should be in my opinion. the ones that remain will charge you quite the premium to chrome. Nickle plating is not so toxic, thus reflecting the price described below.
Many of the car boys restoration folks i know are using reflective chrome powdercoating with a ultra gloss clear coat which are far friendlier to this earth, will cover slight imperfections, and not terribly expensive.
> There's probably a great business opportunity for someone to
> specialize in doing plating catering specifically to bikies. Many
> people want to be frame builders, a few want to paint, but almost none
> aspire to be platers and the demand is apparently there and bikies
> have largely already been conditioned to pay top dollar and more. I'll
> bet most chromers who deal with bikies would tell you that sub-200
> dollar plating job in the link on that frame would be "impossible" to
> do at anything close to that price point- even though it really
> obviously isn't.
> On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 7:59 PM, Daniel Gonzalez <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Are you both certain that what you're positing is always true? I see
>> here, a photo of an aftermarket nickel plate job, with a cost of $160
>> done in 8/06, that loks remarkably lovely: