How To Plate, Polish, and Chrome

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Whether you own a custom motorcycle or a flamed-out hot rod, beautifully finished metal parts are the finishing touch that transforms a nice machine into a million-dollar baby. Aluminum and steel can be polished, chromed, anodized, plated, and painted, and this book shows enthusiasts how to do it. The book includes what is required, what it will cost, when to use different processes and whether to have a professional do it or tackle the project at home. Author Dennis Parks answers every question completely and ...
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Whether you own a custom motorcycle or a flamed-out hot rod, beautifully finished metal parts are the finishing touch that transforms a nice machine into a million-dollar baby. Aluminum and steel can be polished, chromed, anodized, plated, and painted, and this book shows enthusiasts how to do it. The book includes what is required, what it will cost, when to use different processes and whether to have a professional do it or tackle the project at home. Author Dennis Parks answers every question completely and clearly, and offers step-by-step instructions for whatever is within the purview of home mechanics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760326725
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis W. Parks has nearly 200 published car features in Hot Rod, Truckin’, Rodder’s Digest, Street Rod Action, Australia’s Supercar, Custom Rodder, Rod & Custom, Super Chevy, Custom Classic Trucks, and American Rodder magazines.

Parks’ book credits include How To Build a Hot Rod Model A Ford (2001), How To Build a Hot Rod (2003), American Hot Rod: How To Build a Hot Rod with Boyd Coddington (2005), and How To Restore and Customize Auto Upholstery & Interiors (2005).

Parks has a vast knowledge regarding modification. His experience includes working as the general manager of Morfab Customs, a full-service hot rod shop. He lives in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Choosing a Finish

            Selecting a Finish

            Paint

            Powder Coating

            Polishing

            Chrome Plating

Chapter 2: Tools, Materials, and Safety

            Necessary Equipment

            Materials

            Safety Items

Chapter 3: Paint: Prep to Top coat

            Surface Preparation

            Masking

            Application

            Graphics

Chapter 4: Powder Coating

            What is Powder Coating?

            Surface Preparation

            Applying Powder

            Curing

            Getting Started

Chapter 5: Polishing

            How It’s Done

            Necessary Equipment

            Polishing Process

            Safety Considerations

Chapter 6: Plating

            Plating Basics

            Safety Concerns

            Setting up a Home Plating Shop

            Necessary Equipment

            Chrome Plating

            Copper Plating

            Nickel Plating

            Chrome Paint as an Alternative

            Other Metal Finishes

            Antique Finishes

Chapter 7: Anodizing

            What is Anodizing?

            Surface Preparation

            Adding Color

            Sealing

            Anodizing at Home

            Cleaning Anodized Aluminum

Sources

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