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Chrome window trim to black


Pardon me if this is off base, but you seem to be the experts. I have chrome window trim on my car; is there an effective means of turning this into black via anodizing or powder coat? As you would guess, I am ignorant of these processes; the cost of black trim alone is a cool G. Would a workable process be cheaper - or not?

My thanks, John S.

John Sandford
- Grand Haven, Michigan USA


Decorative 'chrome plated' items are actually nickel plated first, then a thin flash of chrome is plated on. Paint does not stick to chrome; you're right, you have to strip it off. It's easy to do with Muriatic Acid [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], but not necessarily safe to do unless you are properly equipped and properly trained.

The nickel is next to impossible for a layman to remove, but I think you'll be able to get paint or powder coating to stick to it.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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