I've had frames in the past that had chrome plated dropouts and right 
chainstay and it not only looks great but also practical as there is no 
paint to chip ever I believe the first I had was a used Fuji bike in the 
70's I bought as a teen. It was my first 10 speed, back when that's what we 
called 'em !  Or maybe it was the Gitane 531C bike I bought later, it also 
has a chrome fork which is really nice ! Frankly since it used to be so 
common all subsequent frames without any chrome plating always looked like 
something was missing. Much like cars these days with plastic mirror covers 
and  plastic/foam "bumpers" instead of a real functional and good looking 
chrome one, they look rather generic. 

If, and that's a big if I were to chrome a bike it would just be dropouts 
and right chainstay. May-be the fork. It's best to do a brand new frame as 
a used one must be absolutely rust free.

It's very expensive to do a whole bike, the last I checked about $1100 for 
a whole bike from Franklin Frames in Ohio. 
Fork  $225
Dropout faces $140
Head lugs/Fork crown $255
Chainstay each $65

Dave Moulton wrote about the process done by the chrome plater he used when 
he made frames. It's very labor intensive as just like a good paint job the 
quality of the finish is only as good as the prep work.


On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:41:07 PM UTC-5, Lum Gim Fong wrote:
> Anyone chromed their 'dell upon need for a repaint?
> Any downsides to chroming? Is it expensive?

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