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« on: April 01, 2013, 06:26:32 PM »

Does anyone know of a chrome plating place? How about sand blasting?

Thanks!
Peter
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 08:30:19 PM »

Sand blasting is easily found in the yellow pages, there's quite a few that will come to you. But most of them will be working on snow plows, now.  Grin
I used to do service at a lot of chrome plating places in my old job treating industrial waste water. There's one in Haverhill that might help you out,  and one near Springfield but I'd have to look in my old files for the business names. Very few of them can make any money doing parts any more, and the chemicals are too highly regulated to get a good finish. Unless you are planning on chroming an entire car (including the roof and seats and spare tire) you might want to just purchase a kit from Eastwoods. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 08:36:27 PM »

The only place I know if is out of state - one of the best is

http://www.brownsplating.com/

If you want polished and not chrome then there is a young guy in Maine doing some great polishing work for cheap $s. He is on the Main SOHC forum.

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 09:04:31 PM »

From what I've read, a lot of chroming places will not touch these old parts, particularly the exhausts, as they contaminant the chemical solutions used. I would have to imagine though that someone is doing this type of work for restorations and such. I'll check with my dad to see if he uses anyone for his business. I remember going to ESI in Plymouth to pick up anodized aluminum and stuff...I think they did the works if needed.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 09:22:18 PM »

There is a sand blasting in east beidge water, but i forget the name.

Also, you might want to consider ceramic coating the exhaust instead of chroming
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 09:34:39 PM »

If you source out-of-state for chrome, follow Andy's lead first but also check out the following:

http://kycycle.biz/zencart/index.php?main_page=page&id=22&zenid=pplp6i1oh4ts7g59nmemf21jc3

I bought some F parts from them and they advertised chrome plating.

As for other options...

I have heard good things about ceramic coating.

Oh, and if you want to refurb bolts, nuts, washers, etc. then talk to Anders as he had a bunch if parts freshly zinc-coated.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 10:23:39 PM »

Wow guys! Thanks for the overwhelming responses!

I will do some more research and see what my options are.

Chris, I can't do a kit from Eastwoods. I don't trust I will do a good job. Plus, I have nowhere to paint. I would have to bring the header to a place where they will do it for me.

I will check out the links from Andy and Alex.

I have heard good things about ceramic also, but I just can't do that with CB400F exhaust! It just has to be chromed. If I really really have to, I would buy a new one.

Thanks again and keep informed if you find something.

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 10:54:53 PM »

It may be cheaper to buy the headers - new replica ones already chromed from David Silver Spares....he is the guy with all the 400 parts...new seat, new tank etc etc...

Headers ($308)

http://www.davidsilverspares.com/CB400F0-SUPER-SPORT-1975-USA/part_162649/

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013, 07:43:33 AM »

Thanks, Andy. I also think it might be cheaper, not to mention easier, to buy new headers.
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2013, 11:34:20 AM »

I emailed this link to you Peter, but I figure it might be helpful to others also.

http://www.southshoreplating.com

It's also been told that Whitman Plating in Whitman, MA is a good bet. My dad's used them occasionally for stainless steel work.

I'll stop with the referrals; I think you have enough homework  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2013, 11:36:45 AM »

Thanks, Alex!
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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 01:00:19 PM »

The guys in Whitman would not do motorcycle and/or car parts. They were nice an polite and responded quickly.

I emailed the guys at South Shore Plating yesterday morning, but I haven't gotten a response yet.

Whitman Plating recommended Nu-Chrome in Fall River, MA. I will email them later.
 
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 01:47:14 PM »

Ahhh Fall River....

Right next door to my homeland.

If it helps your cause, some of these plating companies might respond more to larger lot sizes (more parts). If someone doesn't want to do JUST an exhaust, maybe collectively we have enough to garner interest...? I am sure I have some things that could be re-plated.
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2013, 01:50:20 PM »

That's an idea. When I send an inquiry, I told them that there would be a swing arm and many other smaller parts in the addition to the exhaust. Let's see if they will respond.
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