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We repair and polish stainless and aluminum trim. We make regular pick up and drop off trips to various points in Saskatchewan. Call head office for details.

Can you chrome plate plastic / What can you plate?

My chrome is scratched, dull, chipped or yellow, can it be polished up?

Can you plate Pot Metal?

How much does chroming cost?

What should I do to my parts before bringing or shipping them in?

Will it be less expensive if I work on the parts myself?

Will plating fill in pits or other defects?

I'm a manufacturer, what do I need to know before making something that needs plating?

You just dip it, right?

How long will you have my parts?

Can you dip my sweet rims?

Can you chrome plate plastic / What can you plate?

No, we do not plate plastic and do not know anybody that can. We plate onto most metals except magnesium and stainless steel. Maximum dimensions are about the size of a semi bumper – 8 feet long, 3 feet high by 12 inches thick. Please consult with us before building anything that is to be plated as we have requirements for hanging the items in the tank as well as draining the part after plating.



My chrome is scratched, dull, chipped or yellow, can it be polished or buffed out?

No, chrome plating is a very thin layer of colour over top of a heavy layer of nickel plating. Once the thin chrome layer is damaged it must be replated to return it to its original look. We cannot rechrome a small area of a piece, the whole piece must be completely replated.

Can you plate Pot Metal?

We can plate pot metal. Our ability to achieve a satisfactory restoration of pot metal parts depends on the part itself. Most of the little bumps you see on 50, 60 and 70+ year old pot metal are not just bumps that can be sanded down and plated over. Those bumps actually go deep into the metal like a cavity in a tooth and cannot be simply plated over, the corroded material must be removed causing a pit or cavity. Depending on where this cavity is we may or may not be able to repair it. Your choices are find a part that has no pits in detail areas or live with some pits in the finished product. Click here for an example. Refinishing pot metal is time consuming and labour intensive requiring many levels of copper plating and polishing and/or soldering; if your job has a lot of pot metal you should plan to be without your parts for at least 4 – 8 weeks.

How much does chroming cost?

It depends. If you send pictures of your parts to orders@albertaplating.com we can give you a rough estimate but as we cannot see the exact size and condition of the pieces and in some cases the material the part is made of, we do not give exact quotes until we have the pieces in our hands. All estimates given over phone or email are for regular triple plate chrome (2x nickel & chrome) unless otherwise specified – for show chrome, add 50%.

What should I do to my parts before bringing or shipping them in?

Disassemble all parts as much as possible. Multi-part grilles must have the rivets drilled out and the pieces separated. We do charge a fee commensurate to difficulty to disassemble parts and we do not reassemble anything. Remove bearings and mirrors as these will likely be destroyed. Remove larger clumps of dirt, mouse nests, tumbleweeds and anything else that is not to be plated.

Will it be less expensive if I work on the parts myself?

Absolutely not! In some cases it may be more costly unless you are a professional metal finisher – if you are we may have a job opportunity for you and you should give us a call.

Never sandblast or wire wheel your parts – these can be the most costly mistakes to fix.

Do not hammer, grind, straighten, putty, solder, jb-weld or attempt to repair your parts.

If you are shaving bumper bolts or otherwise cutting and welding bumpers, only tack them into place and let us finish the welds. Porous chicken scratch welds are not acceptable for plating.

Will plating fill in pits or other defects?

Absolutely not! Pits, scratches, nicks, gouges and porosity in welds that can be seen before plating will be seen after plating.

I'm a manufacturer, what do I need to know before making something that needs plating?

The majority of manufactured items we receive for plating are made of some sort of tube that is welded together. We require drain holes in all sections of tube (no matter how air tight you believe your welding to be) in order to drain solution out of them during processing and after plating. If your parts do not have the required drain holes and we are not allowed to make holes and plating solution leaks out into your customers home, vehicle, business, person or other property it is at your peril.

If you are manufacturing larger items, it may be beneficial and more cost effective to bring in the material in no longer than 8' sections and let us strip and polish it before welding. Then the parts only need a simple touch up around the welds to prep them for plating when brought back – assuming you are gentle with them in the process. Polishing square or rectangular tube material before welding can be done with the help of machines but large welded items won't fit on the machines and may require more than one person and will increase costs.

We cannot plate anything longer than 8'.

You just dip it, right?

Absolutely not! Merlin, our famous magician, has retired so we no longer have magical chroming abilities.

After several labour intensive processes such as removing old plating, rust, grease and scale, checking for straightness, straightening, welding – if required, grinding, polishing, buffing, copper plating, soldering, copper plating again, polishing and/or buffing again then, eventually all parts are “dipped” several times to achieve the chrome plated finish.

How long will you have my parts?

A very small job may only take a few days to a week with the typical sized job of steel-only parts taking 3 – 4 weeks. Jobs with a lot of pot metal parts or other parts that require extensive repairs may take 4 – 8 weeks. These times are estimates and by no means set in stone. You should plan ahead as we get busier jobs may take longer.

Can you dip my sweet rims?

No. We do not plate wheels. Due to the level of difficulty of plating rims and the huge aftermarket selection of cheap rims it is not worth it for us to try to compete. Even if we wanted to plate rims, most rims cannot be adequately plated (that's why they're peeling and pitting). We can strip the peeling chrome off of alloy wheels so that you can take them to a powder coater and have them powder coated. If you must have chrome rims your only option is to buy new.



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