Over 10 years experience in plastic chrome restoration.
Plastic chrome is used on the dash bezels and armrest bases of many of the domestic cars made in the 1960s and the 1970s. The words "Plastic Chrome" are really a misnomer, since the process is actually called “Vacuum Metallizing”.
The process involves vaporizing aluminum in a vacuum chamber, which gives the plastic part its chrome look. First, we chemically strip the part down to the bare plastic removing all the old vacuum metallizing, and the old layers of paint. We then wet-sand the scratches down smooth, so they will not show in the new finish.
After the part has been vacuum metallized, the entire piece is chromed and luminous. We then seal the chrome with a clear top coat. Next, we mask and paint the housing or part, leaving the chrome ring or chrome area exposed as it was originally. Any letters are detailed and painted, bringing the part back to the original factory specifications.
Our plastic chrome process is first-rate, compared to our competitors, as ours will not wipe off with 409 or Windex, and will look great for countless years; certainly longer than the original chrome finish. Of course, we guarantee the quality of our work.
*If a color other than factory original is requested, we ask the customer to send a color swatch, so we may perfectly match the color desired. There will be an additional charge for custom painting.
Lens polishing: Most plastic lenses can be restored, if they are not milky or yellowed. Scratches are hand-sanded, and lenses are polished, for an like-new appearance.