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Regan
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I have an Abbott's La Paloma that is like new except for one thing: It got damp and the metal parts rusted. I need to repair or replace all the metal parts. The parts can be easily replaced, so I contacted Abbott's about it. The parts are rather expensive so I thought I might try doing something with the metal and see how it turns out.

Is re-chroming metal expensive? Where can I get it done? Do you think I might be able to sand it and use some type of paint, or even the chrome spray paint? This would certainly be the best option for me, and I'm thinking maybe I should at least try it. I don't have much to lose at this point. I have never tried the chrome spray, but even paint would be ok with me if I was sure it would be tough enough and not scratch too easily.

I am uncertain of the durability of the chrome in a spray can, and I am not sure regular paint would hold up. The parts slide against themselves, and against wood, so I am afraid regular paint might scratch too easily and not be durable enough.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

Regan
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The metallic finishes in spray cans are at best, 'fair.' I prefer using them on wood, where the results are acceptable; on metal, they will lose their lustre, abrade and chip more readily, and matching the sheen/colour to existing components is likely to be imperfect. I've used spray metallic finishes on reproduction hardware and the results were always, to me, unacceptable; these finishes are useful for making wood resemble metal.

Most job shops will have a minimum and that will vary depending on your region. You may want to do a quick online search for rechroming specialists in your area. Those who serve the auto enthusiast (rechroming vintage auto parts) are likely used to dealing with smaller parts and orders. Good luck!
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Thanks Leland. I was afraid that was the answer I would hear, but I guess I was hoping that someone would say it might work. Matching would not be a problem, because I would sand and refinish each and every metal part. But the durability is a concern, and I was worried it might not be acceptable. Since I had not tried the chrome I guess I was hopeful that it would surprise me and be better than I expected.

I may start looking for someone that could re-chrome it for me, but I'm not going to spend a fortune on it. The replacement parts are expensive enough, and I really don't want to put that much in this.

Anither option I thought about was having someone make all new parts for me. If I could get them made from stainless steel that would be fantastic! Again, if it didn't cost an arm and a leg. I may look at some local metal shops if I can find any and see what they can do.

Anyway, thank you, my friend!
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Regan, If the parts are not too far gone try cleaning them with Coca Cola. It sounds weird but it is an old auto detailer trick. If they are really bad and the parts are not too big you can tin plate them with this http://www.eastwood.com/ew-electroplatin......inc.html but at $60.00 it may be more than you want to pay.
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Abbott's uses a metal that they purchase already chrome plated on one side. They are not chromed after making the tricks.

I would just wire brush the rust off, then paint with Rustoleum paint. Abbott's just paints the back of the chrome sheets with silver paint. Rustoleum will help prevent rust coming back.

The only place I know you can get metal chrome plated is at an old automobile bumper shop. The problem you can run into is, you run the risk of the solder coming apart, if the parts are soldered.
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Regan, once again I will recommend you PM me. Stainless steel is my specialty, and as I am a metal hobbyist I can offer a very good price.... even though I have no idea WHAT the object is, I can help you very much.
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Ha! Smile

Thanks to everyone! Tim, I am checking out the electroplating website.

Bill, you seem to know Abbott's really well! There is a soldered part on this, and it was soldered after chroming was done. I'm not sure about the chrome being only on one side. It may very well be, because the rust invaded one side on both pieces far worse than than the other sides. However, it certainly looks like chrome, and if it is a paint I would really like to know what kind it is because that is what I would repair it with.

The Great Nipullini, I am glad you specialize in stainless steel! I will send you a PM and hopefully he can help me out. I may be reluctant to send mine to you right now but I will contact you and see what you can do. I would love to get new parts made from stainless, but I may need to do a quick fix right now so I can use this in some upcoming shows. After I get the info to you maybe you can estimate how long it will take and how expensive it will be so I can decide if it is worth the repair.

Thanks again for everyone's help!
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Iuse to visit Abbott's every weekend ot purchase magic for many years. The sheet metal they use is is dull mat finish metal on the back, and chrome on the face.
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Polished Stainless will look as good or better than chrome and much more durable.

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I agree Richard. I am hoping to get new parts made in stainless steel.
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