How to fix chromed plastic

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  1. jmeister

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    '74 scout ii chromed plastic grill piece. The chrome is lifting off the plastic at the edges in a couple spots but hasn't yet been torn away. Anybody have a tested method of stabilizing the situation to prevent further lift and loss of the chrome?
     
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    i haven't come across an easy way to stop the the process since its the plastic breaking down. my three options would be find a new one, sand fill and paint yours, or what I would do is sand and truck bed line it. other options are to make a new grill like i did in my signature picture. that one is stainless steel.
     
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    I haven't tried the idea as I don't have the situation, but suppose you could use some of the industrial spray-on adhesives if there's enough material lifting off the surface to get much spray under it. Thinned contact cement aapplied with a pointed plastic "eyedropper" would be similar. The adhesive is strong and flexible, and any excess can be cleaned off the outside with solvent after the underside material is fully dried. These both require application to both surfaces, next some drying time (~15 min) and then tight contact followed by the final drying, probably a few hours to be safe.
    Super glue might also work but would probably require an activator be applied first. It can be problematical to use.
     
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    Have it spray chromed. Its shinney as chrome and works on plastic. Look for a spectra chrome shop in your area. The process... http://www.spectrachrome.com/
     
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I did this weekend try a new spray chrome on the light buckets and really liked it, so I'll probably use that when it gets bad enough to have to deal with : https://alsacorp.com/easy-chrome/
     
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    Pictures please !!!!
     
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    Stay tuned. I don't have the equipment/space to paint the Scout so the light buckets are at the body shop for reassembly after paint and Lizard Skin. Will get pics asap. If you try the easy chrome, the key is a light coating of the chrome paint over the base coat. I got it a little thick and it started to dull the shine a bit.
     
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    Ok, here are some pics with a comparison to a newly chromed bumper. It's a little dull compared to the chrome, but as I said above I think that was my fault. The buckets were in places badly pitted, so this is over a sand blast, and rust encapsulator
     

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    jmeister, who did you chrome bumper work?
     
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    An older gentleman who once had a thriving plating business, now a one-man operation. Phillips Plating, Bridgeton, NC
     
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    As best as I can tell in your pictures that actually turned out pretty good. I’m wanting to have the two chrome pieces of my ‘73 Scout II Grill rechromed. I’ve done a lot of research and there are a few different ways to go about it.
    However, if I want it to look exactly like chrome then I’ll have to actually have it chrome plated. As far as I can tell Paul’s Chrome is the ONLY company that actually chrome plates plastic parts. Mark
     
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    Spectra chrome is a professional multistep paint that's supposed to look like chrome. They sent me a sample chip and it really does. It looks like a smooth chrome mirror Fi ish. I'm going to put it outside for a few months to see how it handles weather and uv. Unfortunately,it's something you have to pay someone to apply, rather than something you can buy. Still, it's it impressive product.
    Makes me skeptical of all the ones that DONT offer a sample though. Spectra chrome apperantly WANTS you to see it, because they know you'll be impressed, because it's impressive. A few others either said they did not offer samples, or didn't even respond.
     
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    Another option is Just Dashes. They restore chromed plastic by stripping and replating the piece. They also have done Scout dash pad restorations, as can be seen in the pictures.
    http://www.justdashes.com/
     
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    I just checked out their web site, it appears that they do a whole lot more than just "vacuum metalizing" AKA plastic chroming. It appears that they have a full field of restoration services that they do for dashes.

    Wondering out loud, if anyone here has had work done there, and if they would recommend this business?

    Always great to have restoration options.
     
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    Never used them but I’ve heard two things many times. Quality of work is Great. They are expensive. Hopefully others with first hand knowledge will chime in. Mark
     
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    Dang - he is only 40-50 miles from me.


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