I think you are the first Versys that chromed the bike like that. From my opinion, its not for me. But its an awesome concept and opens more possibilities to bling the bike.
Good one there pleats.
PS. Learnt something new today that plastics can be chromed. Awesome forum...woo hoo..
The Plating Process
Current plating-on-plastics processes still employ the basic technology developed at that time, although inevitably many refinements and improvements have been. The basic steps are as follows:
· Etch in chromic acid based solution to promote adhesion
· Neutralise excess chromic acid
· Activate the plastics surface with a solution containing tin and palladium salts. This deposits nuclei of palladium metal on the plastics that catalyse nickel or copper growth from the subsequent electroless processes.
· Coat the surface with either nickel or copper (nickel is now generally the preferred commercial process) from an electroless plating solution.
Once the plastics component has been coated with this electrically conductive and adherent surface layer it can subsequently be electroplated using conventional technology.
The electrodeposited coating system used on plastics substrates always consists of an initial thick copper layer. This has been found to be necessary to compensate for the difference in thermal expansion between the metal coating and the plastics substrate.
In the early days copper was normally followed by a relatively thin bright nickel layer with conventional chromium topcoat. At that time it was considered that only thin nickel deposits were required since the plastics substrate would not be subject to corrosion in the way that metals are. However, it was subsequently shown that the thickness of nickel required on plastics substrates is similar to that necessary on metallic ones to prevent corrosion of the thick copper undercoat.
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