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Chrome is flaking off

I got a bumper where there is chrome flaking off everywhere. Is there anything I can do about it besides getting it re-chromed? This is for a front bumper.
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powdercoat it black wrinkle lol
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powdercoat it black wrinkle lol
What? I do not have anyway of powdercoating it.

Has anyone tried the chrome spray paint they sell? Just curious. Don't bash on it if you have not tried. I would like some real answers.
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i'd either find a new bumper or take it to a chrome factory and ask them their opinion. i wouldn't recomend painting it if you don't know anything about it
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Having it re-chromed is about your only option.
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**** it then. I'll just throw it away.
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There isnt a local powder coating shop around you? It'll be cheap since all they do is powder coat right over chrome no prep
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There isnt a local powder coating shop around you? It'll be cheap since all they do is powder coat right over chrome no prep
There might be but I want it chrome. Anything else would look like crap.
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oh I see
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I've used the bumper chrome paint.... forget the brand name, but it was called bumper chrome. It's more of a silver color finish than chrome.

I tried painting the reflectors inside some old fog lights & it just looks like silver/gray paint, not even that shiny.
I painted some PEZ dispensers with it & they came out a lot better, very shiny... still not really "chrome".

You could rough up the chrome (lots of sanding or sandblasting) and paint it to match your truck with some rattle can automotive paint.
It's a bit of work, but cheaper than a new bumper.
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From my experience, chrome paint will not look like chrome at all. Like the post above said its more of a grey.
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Ok, well I have calmed down from earlier because I was pissed about something else and with the bumper deal and how I got it. I am going to look up some local chrome places later and see how much it is going to cost. How well is re-chroming? My dad had a bumper re-chromed 30 years ago and it was terrible. Is it better than what it was back in the day? He ended up having the thing re-chromed twice and was still crappy.
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Chrome spraypaint is $#!+. It's just shiny silver paint. You'd be better to cover the bumper with tinfoil or duct tape for the chrome effect.

In all seriousness, the bumper is pooched and you either have to get it professionally rechromed or buy a new one. I suggest a new one.
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How much am I looking at for re-chrome?
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whatever the shop you go to quotes you. you're better off finding a new bumper. re & re. Then its done and dont have to worry about it.
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go to the junk yard and pick one up for 50 bucks
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I agree junk yard.
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I have tried the junkyard for the past year when some hit my original bumper and have not found anything.
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There isnt a local powder coating shop around you? It'll be cheap since all they do is powder coat right over chrome no prep

Are you nuts??? There is a lot of prep work to properly powder coat something. They have to sandblast it then dip the bumper in an acid bath to get down to bare like new metal. Then they power coat it. My dad works on a guys boat who does it, and he powder coated his rims on a H2 chrome and you couldn't even tell they were powder coated until you were right up on top of them.
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What? I do not have anyway of powdercoating it.

Has anyone tried the chrome spray paint they sell? Just curious. Don't bash on it if you have not tried. I would like some real answers.
I've used the "chrome" paint before, and it looks like silver basically.
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i worked in a bumper shop when i was younger. the quality amounts to how much nickel is in the mixture. and yes, they do give it an acid bath. we did bumpers for the fullsize chevys. when there was a bad bumper (pits or scratches) they had to get acid washed and rechromed.
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ebay or car-part.com might be some good friends of yours.
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I am hoping to hear back from another guy tomorrow about a chrome bumper. $50
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On the old 86-93 Mazda trucks that came with plain painted steel, or chrome bumpers, they were prone to rusting from the inside out under the right headlight.

When I put a new chrome bumper on my old truck,I sprayed it with rockerguard on the backside. Try doing the same on yours when you get a new one.
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