Before any work begins all parts are stripped 100% to the substrate (bare metal). All old chrome, nickel, copper, rust, corrosion is removed. Plating over any old material can lead to premature failure of the new plating.
Small dents are hammered out by hand. For large dents and for straightening purposes a hydraulic press is used.
Once a part is straight & dents are removed, the part is ready for the first stage of grinding/polishing. This removes most of the pits & imperfections in the metal. It is then hard copper plated to seal metal. The cracks and holes are then repaired using brass and silver solder.
Acid copper plate is then use to fill imperfections the part is built up with copper and than re-polished to a mirror finish. This process is much like using primer in painting. Build the surface up and grind back down until the imperfections are filled and removed. After the copper is polished and all the imperfections have been removed, the part is nickel plated. After nickel plate if there are imperfections found the part will be re-polished and sent back through the copper process and than re-nickel plated.
After the part is nickel plated and is free of imperfections it’s ready to be finished with chrome, black chrome, 24kt. Gold, show copper ect.
If you're wanting a smooth face bumper with no bolts holes, have the bolts welded in before sending the bumper to us. Leave the weld bead on the face for us to grind down and smooth.