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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-26-2006, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Post Chrome wheels!!!

I need a chrome plater in California who will plate Ducati 5 spoke wheels, any clues? I am in Sacramento and have not found a single plater willing to go at it.

The only guy I found so far that would, waited to hear "Ducati" sportbike wheels before quoting more than a grand to do it!
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Probably because if they f*ck it up, it'll cost them a fortune to replace them.




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Try not saying Ducati, and just ask if they would be willing to chrome your wheels, and give them your tire size. If something happens they still would have to pay the full price to replace the rim anyways.

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Try not saying Ducati...

I first asked if they chrome Sportbike wheels, five spoked. First reply was either No, or hell no. The quote guy at first said yes, then just before he blurted his normal price which started with an "F" (four? five?), he asked what it was for. Then his price went to "T" (thousand! twelve hunnerd!) I hung up before he could trace my number and keep trying to suck money from me...
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Sounds like your calling the wrong places. When I've asked around for powdercoating my rims, the never even ask what its for, just th size. But mabey in CA they are a bit different... money grubbers

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[QUOTE]When I've asked around for powdercoating my rims, they never even ask what it's for, just the size. But mabey in CA they are a bit different... money grubbers
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There's a huge difference between powdercoating and chroming. Most shops said they weren't set up for Wheels at all. Others said they couldn't warranty the job because of the aluminum, and issues with peeling. Powdercoaters will strip your wheels and coat them followed by baking, but no polishing, except for the Candied look which is colored transparent coating over a polished wheel.

I'm tired of dealing with polished aluminum, even if it's hardened or clearcoated, it's still a pain for upkeep, considering none of my bikes have ever been trailer queens.
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I know there is a difference, I didn't think that there would be a problem coating wheels though since they are smaller than a bike frame which I've seen chromed many times. Have you thought about doing some sort of silver/chrome looking powdercoat? I know its not the same, but it would be cheaper and look close. Just a thought.

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gotta have the chrome!

I don't know if you have seen the photo I posted of the paint in progress on my 996. I'm going Red with a black fade and I want my wheels chromed to set off the Candy Red paint. I was going to go Black powdercoat, but I figured it would dirty the whole theme.
After stripping the original dirty looking Gray Powdercoat off the Aluminum wheels, there's really no other look that I'd rather have than a little bling!
I'm prolly gonna paint em silver until I find a good plater (reasonable though) but I really wanted to get 'er done so's I can ride and never stop. you know!
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Have you ever thought about trying to ship the rims to someone and having them do it? I dont know I would check the net for some places and start calling around. You might have to pay a bit for shipping, but if you cant find anyone to do it around you...?

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I always here good things about ChromeMasters out of Nashville.
http://www.chromemasters.com/

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