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back to the chroming cylinders..
engine disassembly
cylinders pressed out of the jugs.


3 stage chrome process.
all machined surfaces re-machined... jug bores re-bored for true-ness
all water and oil passages... cleaned or re-machined
cylinders pressed back into jugs.
then black out all jug areas except for fin edges...


and I am sure I am forgetting a process or 3.....


because of the amount of HEAT in chroming.. can NOT selectively chrome limited areas...
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[QUOTE=chuck_VTX F;4546958]sand , polish, clean, detail, paint..


I have been doing this very thing since 1973.....
even block sanding engine cases and polish to a mirror finish..


blacked out engine with polished fins and top deck...





photo date 1974.....
I did all that and installed a 850 kit on a bike with 500 miles on it...
10 inch extended front forks.. rear lowered 2 inches..


Chuck, I had the EXACT same bike in the late 70's,,, except for the kit you added. Same forks,,, same sissy bar,,, same paint. Had a flash of nostalgia there for a second!!!!
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Chuck, I had the EXACT same bike in the late 70's,,, except for the kit you added. Same forks,,, same sissy bar,,, same paint. Had a flash of nostalgia there for a second!!!!

purchased that bike 8/1972... aka 1972 1/2 CB750 K2...
at 500 miles ( over the winter )... pulled engine.. did many mods to engine and to bike.
. front forks were from " Frank's Forks "
Jardine Headers with mini mufflers.


I got the bike using the employee discount .... as I was a mechanic at a Honda dealership...


we were the leaders... in the custom Japanese motorcycles..

and did not know it THEN...



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As far as I know, you can have areas masked you do not want chromed. I do not believe that it would be necessary to have the cylinders pressed out of the jugs. As far as I know, you can have the jug internals masked such that they do not see any chrome plating. Same with the machined surfaces.

Some platers will not get involved in this as it is extra work. Platers that specialize in custom automotive work generally will be more accepting. They will likely insist that they do the masking though, because they do not want the customer using any product that may contaminate their tanks, or rather the solutions therein.

Be prepared, this will not be cheap! But if you've ever seen a fully chromed Harley engine, they are pretty to look at.
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Like I have said many times..

I have been Wrong before.. and Will again



but then powder coating was not around YET ?
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As far as I know, for an application like this one would use a "paint" type coating. They come in dip, brush and spray on types. Some are water based and remove with special soap and water, some are solvent based and need a "chemical stripper" to remove. Which to use depends somewhat on the chroming process the plater uses and the cleaning and etching solutions they use. IOW, it's not a one product fits all solution. I think that's why platers prefer to do this themselves. The last thing they need is a contaminant in their tanks that compromises one of the steps. Not only will they have to re-do a bunch of plating, but they now have to dump their tanks and start fresh. Depending on the size of the operation, this could amount to 10's or thousands of dollars between chemicals and environmental dumping fees. The actual cost of chromium is a small part of the overall cost of plating ... as I'm sure you know.

I'm not an expert by any means. but the last time I was at a plating shop, some 20 or 25 years back, I did think to ask, as I had grand chroming plans that my budget at the time did not allow for .. LOL
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I second polishing them. I love the way mine look!
I specifically limited my search to an F Spec 3. Ended up driving about 250 miles to get it. No Regurts.
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Heat is needed for Powder coating, not chroming. Electroplating is a really cool process....

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Heat is needed for Powder coating, not chroming. Electroplating is a really cool process....
Could likely still powder coat without doing anything special other than masking the powder application. It's hot, but not distorting cylinders hot. Anything rubber or plastic will definitely need to be out of there though.


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