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    Default How to dull Chrome?

    My taste go for the most part to dull finish like the gun guys out there would know as "satin stainless" but of course all the chrome from Honda and after market parts shine. How do dull them up without taking the plating off of them?

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    Best I could think of would be scotch-brite pads?
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    Media Blasting will produce the most consistent texture.
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    Fine glass bead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin_Can_Terminator View Post
    Media Blasting will produce the most consistent texture.

    consistency is going to be vital!

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    Yeah, if you do it by hand it's going to end up looking splotchy. Going to have to use a blast cabinet

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    Post pics when you're done with it. I'm curious to see how it turns out.
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    dulling chrome??/this is an outrage!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    have a couple friends..did this...blasting booth works best...easy does it on the plasty chrome parts...


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    Do not use " sand blasting ".

    Find someone who does " soda blasting ".

    It's a finer media and I think more likely to give you the desire you are looking for.

    Let someone do it for you, that knows what you want and they are doing. If you are not careful about it, you might see what is UNDER the chrome!

    It's a nice look and a cool way to rescue scratched chrome!

    The best way to obtain the " satin chrome " look is really to strip off the chrome and media blast the base metal to a satin finish, the chrome will take on that finish according to these people ....

    http://www.caswellplating.com/

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    Make the base metal satin by bead blasting, or buffing with a scrubber wheel, then plate. The plated finish takes on the finish of the base metal.
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    I would like to see this when done too.

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    Ive been dulling chrome with no real issues since I was a kid with spoke wheels on my Huffy. When it came to cars, after doing the dulling, I just spray the parts every now and then with more WD40 so they wouldnt corrode/rust and keep a protective coating. It also makes it easy to clean.

    Sadly, I have no pictures on the computer to show but a forum member, sorry i forget the name, posted up some great pics last year. Just use a Scotch Brite pad and WD40. Its all in the motion and pressure of the wrist. Practice on some junkyard parts before starting your parts. Within an hour, youll be a master.






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    Hahahaha ....

    Chrome is a shiny substitute for lack of design!

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    Lots of road miles will do it but at least it is a fun process
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    I actually kind of like the look of dull chrome, I just do not think I could bring myself to do it.

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    Default dulling chrome

    by god i think thats an act against nature better get yourself an extra gremlin bell
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    Seems like if its a part that doesnt get hot (like pipes) you could just spray some flat clear coat on em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigman8640 View Post
    I actually kind of like the look of dull chrome, I just do not think I could bring myself to do it.
    yes it looks great, but thats a BIG leap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasmike View Post
    by god i think thats an act against nature better get yourself an extra gremlin bell
    That's funny. Does look better than it sounded. sounds like 2 steps backwards to me.
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    Reminds me of the Exile Cycle stuff.

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    Thumbs up Honda's already onto this

    The 2010 Honda Phantom VT750C2A has the satin-silver accents the OP is going for.

    Check out the photo's:














    I'm loving the look of the blacked out engine, air box, front forks, handlebars and rims!

    If they made a 1300 R/S in this scheme I'd have to seriously think about selling my '04!

    Anyway, this will give readers how nice that satin look can be as an alternate to chrome.
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    Im not certain but it looks, to my eye, that the 750C2A is painted, not dulled. If not, im guessing its a part casting color but it has a painted look to it.

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    I wanted to paint my chrome side covers (R & S Type) , and the first step was to roughen up the chrome surface to hold the primer. I used a regular green Scotch Pad and when i was finished scuffing them they looked exactly like stainless steel. When i say stainless , i mean like what a stainless steel refrigerator would look like. You can see sort of a grain to all the super tiny scratches. I wish I had taken a picture of it. But it was definately a dull luster.


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    Default Thanks for the help!

    Not sure when I will start all this, or if I'll have it done Pro or tackle it myself. Not sure if you all have followed this or not but the X is new to me and I'm a whole lot more interested in putting miles on her than how she looks for now. So that being said I might just do it myself a little at a time that way it can get it done when the weather wont let me ride. But after years of not riding I'm REALLY looking forward to lot of throttle time

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