Lot Number 1293

Vacuum Plating

Lot Number 1293

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Corgi began by vacuum plating metal body parts and went on to use the technique to plate plastic bumpers & other chrome fittings for models. The article below is taken from Chrome Services website of Orange County California USA and explains how it is done. Follow this link to their website: LINK

Many People think itís impossible to chrome plastic, it is not. The process of chrome plating over plastic is actually a process called vacuum metalizing and it is different from electroplating or chrome plating. Vacuum metalizing is process used to make flash light reflectors and automotive lighting shine like chrome. Vacuum metallizing is the process of evaporating aluminum in a vacuum chamber forming an aluminum cloud which than condenses back on and bonds to the plastic to form a uniform layer, which shines like chrome. After the metalizing takes place there is a protective topcoat applied similar to the ones used in the automotive industry. You can also add dyes to the topcoat to achieve bright chrome colors and different shades of gold, bronze, copper, and gunmetal. It is much more environmentally friendly and cost effective than chrome plating or chrome painting. You can vacuum metalize many materials including plastic, metal, glass, fiberglass, and more. There are many different applications for vacuum metallizing including; chrome helmets and accessories, motorcycle/dirt bike parts and accessories, sporting goods, toys, car parts, novelty items, display items, decorative fixtures, cosmetic enclosures, etc. If you want the look of custom chrome on anything plastic, glass, metal, etc.


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