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Username Post: Chrome        (Topic#364842)
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Loc: Watsonville
Reg: 11-27-18
04-06-21 07:23 PM - Post#2817618    

Any quality shops in California that do a nice chrome job on bumpers


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04-07-21 03:04 AM - Post#2817632    
    In response to Olas4gg

I tried to find places in So. Cal. to do chroming, but could never find a decent shop. I did find a great chrome shop in Salt Lake City, tho.

Salt Lake Chrome

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.

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Loc: SF, CA
Reg: 05-10-04
04-07-21 09:48 AM - Post#2817654    
    In response to Olas4gg

I've had chrome done at three shops in Northern California— (I see you're in Watsonville) and here's my take.

Auto Truck and Bumper in Hayward: I would never use them again. The job was average at best and they lost small pieces of interior windshield molding trim and never offered to replace it or make the situation right. They're at swap meets and on Craigslist but check anything from them very carefully before you commit.

Walkers Custom Chrome in Shasta Lake/Redding: They did my grill and it turned out nice. I disassembled it and shipped it to them. They shipped the finish pieces back, I never actually went there as it's 3.5 hours north of me! I wanted to have them do my bumpers but I think they said their tanks were too small. Maybe check with them again?

Classic Chrome in Sacramento: My most recent experience and they did my front bumper and license plate surround. They do all of the prep and polishing but get the actual chroming done by a shop in Fresno. I'm really happy with the way it turned out as I welded the bumper bolts for a smooth look and modified the bumper ends as well as the surround. They'll tell you up front it's solid driver chrome, still copper/nickel/chrome plating but they don't offer show chrome like Sherms, who'll will copper strike and sand endlessly until the surface is flawless. However there's a big difference in price between the two and as with many things, you get what you pay for. For me their prices are fair and within what I could afford.

Finally, as an alternative Auto Metal Direct are having a clearance sale and if they have your bumpers in stock the prices are crazy! $87 for a repop bumper that's really nice quality.

Anyway hope that helps. Do share your chrome shop experiences if you go that route.

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04-09-21 05:35 AM - Post#2817745    
    In response to Olas4gg

They may not have a great reputation but Bumper Boyz did my 1953 Chevy Grille and a pair of 1931 Desoto bumpers for me. Both turned out great and are holding up well.


1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Blueprint Engine, 700-R4, EZ Wire, Vintage Air, Ididit column, Cruise/Tilt, PS, 59 Corvette Steering Wheel, 4-Wheel Discs, Posies Rear Springs, Coker Radials, Nova 10-bolt, Mustang II, NCA Continental Kit.


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