9 December 2009

Top 10 Post-War Plating Bills

Plating costs have skyrocketed in the last few years due to increased regulations. The cost of restoring bright work on collector cars can be shocking – upwards of $20,000 depending on the amount of chrome trim. It’s something that anyone contemplating the restoration of a collector car needs to think about before making a purchase or embarking on a restoration. The amount of the shiny stuff on any of these ten post-war cars below could set you back the equivalent of a year’s tuition at a private college.

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Dick Tatina Countryside, IL August 28, 2013 at 17:56
    I had every chromed part on my 49 Olds Coupe rechromed including the lettering and badges for less than $3500. (I did not do the door handles). There are shops that do a good job finishing and polishing at reasonable prices. But if your looking for "legacy" or "concourse" work expect to pay substantially more.
  • 2
    Clancy Gordon Bowling Green, Ohio March 12, 2014 at 18:49
    There is an affordable alternative to chrome plating which looks like it would work very well. See for yourself: Check out Jay Leno's garage Spray on chrome on YouTube.
  • 3
    Don Saint John NB December 9, 2014 at 16:46
    My cousin has a 56 Mercury. To repalte the front bumper was $2600. I always tell anyone looking to buy a project car, to buy the most complete car they can find, and by that I mean a car that is solid, but missing most of it"s trim is NOT the car to buy
  • 4
    Rod Pouget California February 3, 2016 at 19:53
    I have a 1966 Mustang. I found I could buy new bumpers from the parts houses much cheaper than I could have the chrome redone on the old parts. The new bumpers were great and of the same weight and qualify. I saved the old bumpers, I don't know why, but I couldn't throw them out.
  • 5
    BOB FLUCKE (that's pronounced FLUKE) Michigan May 26, 2016 at 13:25
    How do you paint over pitted chromed pot-metal/zinc trim

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