Bumper rechroming

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Drbill
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Bumper rechroming

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Hi fellow T-bird lovers,
Any recommendations for rechroming bumpers? Who have y’all used?
Thank you,
Bill
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Alan H. Tast
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Re: Bumper rechroming

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Depends on where you are located. Tell us where you are to start.
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Re: Bumper rechroming

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I live in SC. I’m willing to ship them anywhere.
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I did notice that B-nest has them on their website rechromed. I’m concerned about quality and giving up my original bumpers as core.
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Bumpers are typically large enough that shipping them cross-country to redo your own may be cost-prohibitive. Have you visited any industrial platers, body or restoration shops in your area to find out if they have connections for chrome plating in your area? In my case, over 15 years ago when I lived in Kansas City, there were a few good platers but I ended up going through a shop that sent them to Keystone Plating in Minnesota (the same company responsible for Keystone Klassic mag wheels that were popular in the '70s-'80s). They took my old bumpers and replated them, and I was happy with the way they came out. I would avoid 'Bumper Boys' in LA as the reputation they developed over the years for thin/low-quality plating is known nation-wide. The Birds Nest would be a good option - in the past they have sent their cores across the border to Mexico to get them redone, but I don't know if that's an option today.

Personally, I'd get a copy of Hemmings Motor News, Old Cars News & Marketplace or similar and look for ads for chrome platers like Paul's Chrome Plating in KY(?).
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Re: Bumper rechroming

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I had my originals rechromed by a company, LKQ. This is large parts dealer spread throughout the US and is owned by the same company as Keystone. This was at John Draxler's of TBird Ranch suggestion. They did a terrific job. They may have some work such as this outsourced to a specific contractor. However, I only dealt with them. If you know someone who has a repair shop and claim the work is theirs, LKQ will pick it up and redeliver. If not, you need to drop them off at a LKQ/Keystone facility and most metro areas have one. This info is over 10 years old so somethings could have changed.
Good luck.
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