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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2005, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Talking i found a neat web site, for plating stuff at home

go to this site....caswellplating.com.....you can chrome pot metal, ( head light rings )also filler for the pot metal , check it out..
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Yes! I have been using their "copy cad" kit for years. Some real advantages to sending all of your hardware out to be plated. Thought of doing a thread on how it works.

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I bought a Caswell chrome kit last year. I have yet to open the box, but it seems like the solution for the little items.

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I've been on that site months ago and felt like a kid in a candy store. I have not used the stuff, but have heard that it works great, especially so if you are doing simple plating.

I have heard....that chrome is a whole nother story. There are multiple steps to the degree that if you have any volume to do, it is still much easier to just take to a chrome shop due to economies of scale.

I'd still love to get one though!

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I've looked @ the chrome plate kit too. Expensive and complex to do a few pieces.

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Wink Copy cad plate

All of the plating in here (except for booster and rad. cap!) was done with Caswell's copy cad kit. The nice thing about doing it yourself is that each group of hardware can be plated as you are ready to assemble it. If you bag and tag the hardware as you disassemble the car, you plate and reassemble each groupe: No misplaced bolts, washers, no trying to figure out what went where.
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Thumbs up Caswell plating

Hi! Just posted some pics on the restoration forum showing the copy cad system at work.
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Personally, I was never happy with home-plating. I have tried the caswell, as well as some otehr internet-based plans, and never really got a lasting, durable, even, finish. It was fun to play around with, but I'm sending everything out to be preofessionally done on my next car. Once you pay for materials,take the time to clean everything, plate it and polish, I had close to what It would have cost to have it professionally done. but poorer results.

It looks like you got some pretty good results though.

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I went with home zink plating because when I sent parts out to get plated, everything is in a jumble and it takes a lot of time to figure out what length bolt went where, with what washers. Then I would find some hardware missing (usually the small, hard to replace items) and finally, I would always forget to send some small part in with the rest and the plating shop would want a minimum charge ($60!!) to do it. NO MORE!

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