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Plastic ball plating


I am trying to start a small mail order magic shop. One of the items I wish to sell involves a small shiny plastic ball. I am looking for a inexpensive way to chrome plate them. They are about 3" in diameter with a small hole of about 3/4". I will only need about a dozen plated to start with. I will be grateful for any help in getting these plated. Thanks Dale Burden

Dale Burden
- Owensboro, Kentucky USA


Unfortunately, this is not an easy one.

Actual nickel-chrome electroplating on plastic, such as is done on automobile grills and bezels can only be done on certain special grades of plastic. Vacuum metallizing (depositing a shiny aluminum film followed by a thin lacquer) sounds more applicable to your needs but I don't know if you'll find a shop to run such a small order through such expensive equipment. Shops you might talk to include Associated Electroplaters [Hazel Park, Michigan], Cybershield International [Dallas, Texas], Providence Metallizing [Pawtucket, Rhode Island], and Quaker Precision Coating [Johnston, Rhode Island]

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