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Rechroming vs reproduction

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I'm sure this question has been posted here before, but here it is again:

Is buying reproduction bezels, etc, the way to go over rechroming? I've heard that rechroming is pretty expensive and it's not much more to just buy new.

But in the case of bumpers, I've heard rechroming is the way to go because of the thicker steel on original.

Y'alls thoughts/experiences???

Also, if rechroming is cost-effective, then anyone recommend some in the Fort Worth area?

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I agree with what you have said, the cast iron stuff if its pitted alot may not rechrome as good as new. The steel stuff can be repaired and look just as good as new :D
I think the original stuff fits better than the repops that are out there,,try in TN,,, good guys ,,,good prices and they stand behind their work ----:cool:
Joe, I went with reproductions on every thing except the bumpers. I had no problems with any thing not fitting. I had my bumpers straighten and rechromed at Best Bumper over on I-45 south of Dallas.
You should buy the emblems etc. repro. Taillight bezels too. Other pot metal items like hood birds, hood rockets, speedo bezels, other interior pot metal, grille bars and grille surrounds, etc. are better off rechromed than repro if you can find good cores that don't have pitting or at least minimal pitting. And if you have a good chrome shop.

Same for 57 taillight housings. And I'm sure there's more, like Nomad parts.

Reason is the originals fit better. On the other hand finding good cores is real hard too. So you do what you have to do.

If you have good cores the cost is about the same to replate as it is to buy new repro. Paying a lot for a good core and then replating makes it more expensive than repros, but the parts may fit better too.

Bumpers are a similar mixed bag.
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