This is a garage based triple chrome
plating set up that is simple, inexpensive but gets the job done.
The plating tanks are all 32" x 32" x 26" LxWxH and are used for plating
truck wheels up to 30" in chrome or copper finish. Hector and
Luiz whenworking as a team, can plate 12 wheels per 8 hours or three full
sets of wheels in one work day. Almost 50% of their work are repairs
in which they will get one or two wheels out of the set.
and Hector's chrome plating method is very very unorthodox to say the least.
This bizarre method works GREEEAAATTT and the wheels come out
beautiful every single time. I kept on asking them
"do it again" and then
"do it again". It
was so creative and amazing to an old plater like me. It is rare
when I am shown something that can amaze me like they did.
First, Luiz put each wheel into a mini rack fixture they had made for the
wheels. They have 4 different fixtures whixch work for all 16 styles
that they chrome plate. These PVC coated copper and stainless steel plating
fixtures fit perfect into tank and keeps the back of wheel from touching the
floor of plating tank. He then picks up wheel and rack and lays the
wheel into the tank with face of wheel facing upwards. There are no
fixed electrodes in the nickel, copper, or chrome tank which would normally
surround the wheel around 2 sides or all four sides. The plating
electrode is placed at the top of the wheel rack and it is barely immersed
int op of liquid. The chrome, copper, and nickel electrodes
merely are hovering just above the face of the truck wheels which is
actually incredibly efficient. Hector uses 7%5 to 80% of the amperage
per square feet as is normally recommended because of the precision
placement of the chrome electrode.
asked to take a photo of this electrode placement method and unusual wheel
plating method, but I was shot down. Luiz said it was a trade
secret so I had to respect their wishes. It never ceases
to amaze me that I worked in a plating shop for 19 years of my life, yet my
customers will still teach me a thing or two every 6 month to a year.
Plating "By the Book" is not always the best way. Sometimes my
customers come up with great ideas that I would have never thought of in a