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nickel or chrome plating

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does anyone know of any chrome or nickel plating techniques that we can apply to a crankbait. i have searched around but have come up empty handed. i just want to say thanks to everyone on this site. The info i have gathered has been so helpful.

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For a crankbait, unless the bait is fabbed from metal, it needs a metallic coating to conduct electricity before it will accept a nickel or chrome finish.

A local company here called caswell plating sell small kits for plating.

They sell copper paint that is used as a basecoat, good on wood & plastics but pricey, then you can take the steps to plate the lure.

heres the link to caswell Caswell Inc.

Most plastic parts are vacuum metallized, I used to have a link to the process demo, but cant find it, its very similar to powder coating & used alot for chromed plastic.

Theres another company that offers a chrome spray but havnt heard any results, likely because its very expensive:

Alsacorp

If you try, please post your findings,

TU member,Coley showed a chrome-type finish using silver glitter that resembles a heavy metal-flake automotive finish, its a recent post in the hardbait s forum, sorry but I dont have a link handy, someone wanna help me out? :D (im lazy today)

Thanks.

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A cheaper way to go is to find a place where they do plating in your area. I have a friend of mine who has lures plated by a company that does things like baby shoes they charge him about a $1.00 a lure but he does large numbers of lures at a time. He also tells me that they can do wood lures to but it?s a little more complex to do. This is a bomber Long A I had done for me it was a painted lure when it started out. I hope it helps.

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He also tells me that they can do wood lures to but it?s a little more complex to do.

I could imagine......

Seems alot of work to get the surface prepped smooth enough for plating.

I recieved a PM from a fellow member tony simpson Who uses the mirrachrome from Alsa corp. He says its good stuff. He offered his phone number out if anyone is interested, however, click on his name above to email him first.

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