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So I have been looking for a chrome tint vinyl I stead of a chrome delete that is blacked out. I have the Blue q50 and I would like to tint the chrome accents.
I can't find anything on people doing this, but I was thinking about using window tint to achieve a darker chrome with the same shine. I was wondering if someone has done this before or whether there is a specific product that could do this without spraying the chrome accents with a rattlecan.
I think it is called black chrome.
 

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If you don’t want to rattle can it with nightshade or anything like that and want a finish that will last, you will probably have to get it chrome dipped at a custom shop.

When I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado there was a shop named Grizzlies customs that did chrome dipping and could tint the chrome any color you want. What the difference is between chrome dip and chrome plate, I don’t know. I only know that there’s not a lot of shops that do actual chrome plating. From what Ive been told it requires some pretty nasty chemicals and special (read expensive) facilities to do it.
 
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If you don’t want to rattle can it with nightshade or anything like that and want a finish that will last, you will probably have to get it chrome dipped at a custom shop.

When I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado there was a shop named Grizzlies customs that did chrome dipping and could tint the chrome any color you want. What the difference is between chrome dip and chrome plate, I don’t know. I only know that there’s not a lot of shops that do actual chrome plating. From what Ive been told it requires some pretty nasty chemicals and special (read expensive) facilities to do it.
I was hoping for something less permanent than dipping it in a chrome bath, but that might be the best route. I may get some window tint to experiment. And the vinyl wrap that JD305 recommended may be a good option too.
Thanks for the input guys
 

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I was hoping for something less permanent than dipping it in a chrome bath, but that might be the best route. I may get some window tint to experiment. And the vinyl wrap that JD305 recommended may be a good option too.
Thanks for the input guys
I painted my wheel.
 

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If you don’t want to rattle can it with nightshade or anything like that and want a finish that will last, you will probably have to get it chrome dipped at a custom shop.

When I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado there was a shop named Grizzlies customs that did chrome dipping and could tint the chrome any color you want. What the difference is between chrome dip and chrome plate, I don’t know. I only know that there’s not a lot of shops that do actual chrome plating. From what Ive been told it requires some pretty nasty chemicals and special (read expensive) facilities to do it.
I worked in the electroplating department at Tektronix for a summer as an engineering intern. We did a lot of chrome plating (hard chrome plating) and nickel/chrome plating (decorative chrome plating) as well as other metals including gold. Chrome is always applied by electroplating so there's no difference between plating or dipping. They refer to the same process. Chromium trioxide (CrO3) is used as a source of hexavalent chromium (Cr+6 ions) in the plating bath plus sulfuric acid. Lead is used for the anode while the part to be plated is the cathode. The bath temperature is controlled as well as the current density to optimize the deposition.

This is an extremely toxic process using corrosive acids (chromic and sulfuric). Hexavalent chromium is the most toxic form of chromium as it is regulated by the EPA as a human carcinogen. The plating process also produces lead chromates which are toxic. Ventilation and wet-scrubbing systems are used to recover the hexavalent chromium and the water is treated to precipitate the chromium out of the water before it is discharged.

This process is inherently dangerous and as a result, you don't see many mom and pop plating shops. It's an expensive process with lots of regulations to prevent exposure to humans.
 

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I worked in the electroplating department at Tektronix for a summer as an engineering intern. We did a lot of chrome plating (hard chrome plating) and nickel/chrome plating (decorative chrome plating) as well as other metals including gold. Chrome is always applied by electroplating so there's no difference between plating or dipping. They refer to the same process. Chromium trioxide (CrO3) is used as a source of hexavalent chromium (Cr+6 ions) in the plating bath plus sulfuric acid. Lead is used for the anode while the part to be plated is the cathode. The bath temperature is controlled as well as the current density to optimize the deposition.

This is an extremely toxic process using corrosive acids (chromic and sulfuric). Hexavalent chromium is the most toxic form of chromium as it is regulated by the EPA as a human carcinogen. The plating process also produces lead chromates which are toxic. Ventilation and wet-scrubbing systems are used to recover the hexavalent chromium and the water is treated to precipitate the chromium out of the water before it is discharged.

This process is inherently dangerous and as a result, you don't see many mom and pop plating shops. It's an expensive process with lots of regulations to prevent exposure to humans.
Thank you for sharing! I’ve been really fascinated by etching and plating lately, so I’d love to hear more about the process. But as that would be a derail/hijack, I won’t directly ask lol
 

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Thank you for sharing! I’ve been really fascinated by etching and plating lately, so I’d love to hear more about the process. But as that would be a derail/hijack, I won’t directly ask lol
I worked in the electroplating lab under the corporate chemist. One of my responsibilities was to dissolve gold salts in a solution and add that to the gold plating baths. Gold was only about $150/oz. back in 74 but I was still transporting about $40,000 worth of gold in an open-top SS container down from the lab to the plating baths. I was paranoid about tripping and spilling the gold while going down the stairs to the baths. The baths themselves were locked and integrators were on the electrical current supplies to monitor and prevent gold from "disappearing". I still was able to take an Eisenhower dollar coin and plate it with 24K gold while I worked there. I still have that coin.
 

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I worked in the electroplating lab under the corporate chemist. One of my responsibilities was to dissolve gold salts in a solution and add that to the gold plating baths. Gold was only about $150/oz. back in 74 but I was still transporting about $40,000 worth of gold in an open-top SS container down from the lab to the plating baths. I was paranoid about tripping and spilling the gold while going down the stairs to the baths. The baths themselves were locked and integrators were on the electrical current supplies to monitor and prevent gold from "disappearing". I still was able to take an Eisenhower dollar coin and plate it with 24K gold while I worked there. I still have that coin.
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Not much of a collectable. You can buy them for $10 online at the American Mint website. I'll bet mine has more gold though. I left it in the plating bath for quite a while.
 

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That’s awesome!
 

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Only the tin man would have such a thorough explanation of hands-on experience and a souvenir as proof haha
 

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I worked in the electroplating department at Tektronix for a summer as an engineering intern.
I use a Tektronix scope running Windows 95 almost daily at work. Fantastic machine. I prefer it over the cheaper modern scopes we have.
 

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I use a Tektronix scope running Windows 95 almost daily at work. Fantastic machine. I prefer it over the cheaper modern scopes we have.
Is there a reason it still uses 95? I have an old IBM tower that runs off XP waiting to get turned into a server, and the speed difference is exponential compared to my covid build.
 

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Is there a reason it still uses 95? I have an old IBM tower that runs off XP waiting to get turned into a server, and the speed difference is exponential compared to my covid build.
That's what it came with. The thing works and I guess we don't have a reason to change it.
 

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Not much of a collectable. You can buy them for $10 online at the American Mint website. I'll bet mine has more gold though. I left it in the plating bath for quite a while.
I'm waiting for the gold-plated $100 Donald Trump commemorative coin.
 

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In 1974 I was in the fourth grade and I'm approaching 60
 

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