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CHROME TRUCK WHEEL 22" TO 29" PLATING SET-UP

Hector and Luiz chrome plating shopbright nickel plating tank

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.

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Luiz 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.  

I 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 million years.

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