In other words, can you take say, the black engine side covers on the 2012 GW and have them chromed some where? If so does anyone know of a place to get this done?
Can plastic be powder coated in that case?I believe theres a powder coating for crome you would need to find someone who does powder coatings.:doorag:
No I have not removed the engine covers, I assumed they were about the same as the 07 ones were as far as strength of the plastic is concerned. Sounds like I will have to waint and see what the after market people come up with.John.I guess you haven't taken off the engine covers yet?. When you do you'll see how flimsey they are.
Plastic chrome parts are "Hard Plastic" that doesn't bend easily.I'm not sure you can have the 12 black plastic panels chromed.
I'm thinking no one would take the chance seeing Chrome is harder that the sub material (plastic) and would crack when you took off or put on either cover for whatever reason.
But it doesn't cost anything to talk to a Plastic chromer to see what they say when they inspect the plastic part to be chromed.
No one here has done it yet,So you'll only get guesses.
Here is two So/Ca places.the first one says they can chrome plastic.(i'd all and tell them what you got first)
The second is a local (to us) shop that don't have a web site to see all they do?.
8172 Center Street
The chroming of plastic is what makes it seem hard. Unplated plastic is flexible, depending on the size and design of the piece in question!
There may be new processes now but, when I worked for GM the plastic had to be Plating Grade ABS to accept the chrome plating process and have any chance at durability.
You'd be sadly mistaken if you try and interpret what I am thinking.So don't even go there just to pound your chest..lolRocky, I was not disputing anything you said! I was only further commenting that plastic is flexible before the plating process is completed.
Plating somewhat stiffens the material, no matter what thickness it starts out to be.
Give yourself a break, everyone is not against you, all the time.
You know and impart more help and knowledge than most of us will ever learn. Just don't be so sensitive all the time.