Re: [CR] Clear coat in place of old chrome

Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:36:42 -0400
From: Dmitry Yaitskov <>
To: donald gillies <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Clear coat in place of old chrome


Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 6:14:46 PM, Donald Gillies wrote:
> According to Brian Baylis, clear coats are very porous and contain
> natural pinhole perforations, which induce rust not long after they
> are painted onto a hub (or a show bike, which was Brian's experience.)
> It has been tried many times to clearcoat a show bike, but the result
> is always rusting, a few months later.

I see, thanks for the info. There goes my bright idea :)
> Why not spend US$33 and get a brush chroming set and do it right? I
> estimate that a plating kit would be good for about 5x hubs, or maybe
> 2x hubs and another large piece like a steel stem and/or seatpost, or
> maybe 50 pieces of hardware (nuts and bolts etc.) You can also use
> these kits to de-plate any remaining pieces of the hub before
> re-plating the whole shebang.

I actually already do have one of those, purchased specifically for that hub in fact (the kit that I have is called "copy chrome"). But, after sanding the hub for a while I can still see some very fine peppering on the barrel (visible only with a magnifying glass), and am afraid that plating over that would not hold too well. On the other hand, I'm afraid that sanding till the surface is really clear may involve taking away too much material and compromise the hub's integrity.

Dmitry Yaitskov,
Toronto, Canada.