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Powder Coating Chrome

Can you powder coat over chrome? If not, how would one go about working around it?

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Q. I do not know too much about this, but can you powder coat over chrome? If not, how would one go about working around it? Thanks for the help. B.G.

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Q. I recently picked up a new set of chrome wheels. What I’d like to have done is have the centers powder-coated black. I’ve heard that you don’t have to have the chrome stripped but rather have it primer etched? Just wanted to know if this is something you would even attempt. J.B.

 

A. Powder coating over chrome can be problematic, especially with parts that have been used on the road for a while. Success can be hit or miss. My only advice is that the parts have to be really, really clean. Then you have to scuff the surface to ensure a good bond between the substrate and the coating. After preparation, rinse the part using distilled water and dry with clean, dry compressed air. The powder coating has to be fully cured to perform up to expectations.

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