Chroming a chassis, hubs and swingarms.

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Postby chrishallett83 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:50 am

Now, where I do most of my buggy driving is very gravelly soil, so it doesn't matter if I go powdercoat or paint, after a couple of good drives with my mates, the coating will be scrappy, ugly, and beyond repair.

Seriously, is it very hard or expensive to get something like a chassis chromed? I know Tony has told me previously that it will require buttloads of surface prep and weld finishing, but I'm not going to bother cleaning up the welds. And I'm thinking I'll just have the chassis sandblasted and then give it a quick going over with with a random orbital sander with some fine grit pads on it. I'm not trying to win any show and shines here, (It's never going to look as good as the Edge Barra!), I just want to protect my chassis from rust with something that is REALLY tough.

What do you guys think?
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Postby Jet » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:53 am

powder coat it, then put a clear coat ontop

orrrr do candy....
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Postby trojan » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:02 am

Chroming the frame and swing arms is not impossible.
BUT it is impractical.
It would be both hard and expensive and you would have holes all over your frame and arms.
Part of the process involves dipping in acids which can soak through the welds - YUK.
There has been a discussion previously on the subject with good details. Search it. ;)

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Postby chrishallett83 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:25 am

I fear powdercoat will just chip when subjected to the blasting of W.A. peagravel. I don't want to have to get the frame re-coated every year.
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Postby Camel » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:18 am

What's wrong with bare steel? It never rains in WA and there's no humidity so it's not like your buggy is going to rust. Besides, the WA pea gravel will have it looking all shiny again after a run. What more could you ask for? A surface that looks better after use! And besides it looks tough, better than all those poofter colours. And with the money you save on powdercoating you could get a 1397cc kit for a Busa.
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Postby Tony » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:37 pm

Powdercoating if it is done right does not chip.
Two pack paint chips real bad.
Chrome, na, 100 years of polishing & you won't get into the tight corners.
Where you can't get into polish it will have a goldie brown look & likely peal off & rust.
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Postby Zak.M » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:17 pm

Chrome powder coat it? cheaper
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Postby oddy59 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:47 pm

Chris,don't worry about the finish and cost!
Just worry about how your going to have the MAX funfactor!
I can get my mate to Sandblast and Powdercoat your buggy for most prob around $150 all up! That's cheap.
Post me some pics, and I'll show my mate to get a price for ya!...Baz
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Postby chrishallett83 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:17 am

I've got to finish the chassis first Baz!
Looks like I'll just powdercoat it...
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Postby ResidentPsycho » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:26 am

what u building chris?
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Postby chrishallett83 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:28 am

PiraCuda.
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Postby ResidentPsycho » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:28 am

any pics?
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Postby chrishallett83 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:55 am

Not yet. I don't have a camera... Any way, so far it's a half built Piranha chassis. And that's it.
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Postby monty » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:25 pm

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Postby chrishallett83 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:44 pm

Double A Piranha rear with CV kit, Cuda front. Hoping for a ZX12 or better... :twisted:
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Postby trojan » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:17 pm

Hey Jet (or anyone that knows) what's the silver on these arms? (not the "sh#t I've taken too much acid" blue stuff...)

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Postby Jet » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:19 pm

My Cuda arms are/will be like that also. thats a crome powder coat. forgot what its claled. it might be dulax? or something.
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Postby trojan » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:22 pm

YUM!!!!

Chris will be a while I expect... (it's his and he can wash it as fast as he likes!!!)
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Postby chrishallett83 » Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:13 pm

Huh? I can wash it as fast as I like? It won't be getting dirty for some time :cry: :cry: :cry:

Still got my Taipan though! :twisted:
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Postby Dan Evans » Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:59 pm

does anyone know how much pollishing is involved with the chrome powder coating because i have been quoted $650 to chrome my wheels because they say they have to be cut apart polished then reassembled . all the rest of the chroming i want done is quite reasonably priced
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