Anyone ever try to wrap a glass bumper to make it chrome?

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  1. furious70

    furious70 Well-Known Member

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    You know, like wrapping a car, but in this case shiny tin foil to make it appear chrome. :lol:
    Have seen threads about chrome painting process but this might be better?
     
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    Ive seen complete cars done in Chrome wrap. So I think a bumper could be done. Not sure of the finish required though.
     
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      I'm not an expert on wraps, but in general, "chrome look" things won't be quite as shiny except for maybe PVD (phase vapor deposition) of aluminum onto the bumper. I REALLY like your idea of "stock looking" glass bumpers
       
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      I've never had anything wrapped either and I don't like color keyed or black bumper idea for my Coronet (that works on some cars). Love how lightweight these parts are but want as chrome looking as I can.
       
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      Shouldn't be a big deal at all. Sure cheaper than getting originals rechromed as well.
       
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      Talked to a Mopar guy that does wraps & tints, thought doing it to my rear bumper, said he'll do it if I want it done, but said they dont come out right and dont last. Going aftermarket instead.
       
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      Aftermarket what?
       
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      Aftermarket chrome bumper (AMD): Trade-off, cheaper ($500) then rechroming mine ($12-1500) for not lasting as long as rechroming mine
       
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      Oh, this is for a fiberglass bumper
       
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      Yes, saw it: steel or glass, make sure NO imperfections if wrap. Guy said "chrome wrap" doesnt look right as far as appearence. Your decision.
       
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      $300 wrap fiberglass bumper from abody forum : $500 steel AMD chrome bumper; Man who does wraps for a business/living said wont look right, hence opinion/recommendations/ideas/inputs that furious70 was looking for. Your call furious70, just giving you an answer to question you asked.
       
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        Yup Photon440!! Did the "leg work". Research, prices and "expert" input over last 2 weeks has made the decision to go aftermarket steel.
         
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          I thought about the wrap or the newer chrome sprays. Since mine is street driven I choose repro AMD bumpers. Fit and finish were great. I guess I don't have a shot of the rear view. Everyone else gets to see the tail lights. Lol.

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          My question is Who chromes the AMD bumpers and will their pretty last!????
           
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          Today's musclecars are only driven or in any weather occasionally. I am sure they will last my lifetime.
           
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          Barbee6043, GREAT question (who chromes AMD.....) BUT, BUT the thing is cost analysis of "options" out there: "the look" one wants as well as how often car is exposed to elements, as 6PKRTSE stated, to deteriorate the "chrome". As far as drag guys, thinking is u put battery in trunk for weight for traction, why not use steel for same reason? Yes low pounds (kg) =better ET, got that.
           
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          I have a friend that has a sign shop.
          He told me the chrome vinyl didn't last very long.
          And its more expensive than regular vinyl.
           
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            I was going to do the spray faux chrome method on mine
            (68 RR fiberglass bumpers & alum. bumper brackets, alum. bolts)
            never got that far, I'll get to it someday
            I was sort of pissed at the supplier (Unlimited) of the fiberglass bumpers
            they need a shitload of prep, more than the normal stuff
            have to fab in some running like supports
            & straighten some of the cuts & holes
            It's just not really high on my priority list at the moment

            I was going with black chrome too
            chrome paint over a black base & translucent black chrome clear
            I've done it before, looks OK for a racecar
            or not a show car

            it's like almost IIRC 60#-70# less
            vs all the OE bumpers & steel brackets, bolts
            then I can put weight/ballast, exactly where I need it
            car is no heavier than I started with

            may not even need ballast either, win win

            I took a lot of weight off the front, alum & fiberglass stuff
            vs iron & steel or brass, battery PS in the back too
            so it will have more of a rear weight bias,
            than stock ever was anyway

            I've seen a couple of fiberglass bumpers,
            with faux chrome, they did with rattle can paint
            didn't look like show chrome, but not hideous for a racecar
            there are some good chrome paints out there
            just need to do a search
             
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