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This is a friend of mines business. I have seen this work don on everything from motocross fenders to auto valve covers. I plan on having it done to many of my parts. The options are endless. They can chrome anything in any color. http://www.sikindustries.com/

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what would we chrome? the spokes?

thats a cool wheel but to me, chrome is tacky......its only a matter of time before theres rap videos with crome DRZ's. ahahahahah. that would be great.

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Look at the center section that is a blue tinted chrome. Standard chrome is tacky but put a color over it and it all changes. Check the web site and you will see. They can do a gold color too. They can coat your hubs and rims. They had a set in the show room wich were done purple that looked sick. This is the only picture I could find really quic off the site. There is a pic of a Yamaha done with green rims and fenders. It looked kinda of cool. The point was you don't have to buyt new wheels and hubs if you want a custom color and the coating can be aplied to anything it doesn't have to be metal.:applause:

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the coating can be aplied to anything it doesn't have to be metal.:applause:

Are you sure its chrome then? I thought chrome had to have a metal to stick to...chrome plated plastic is possible when they mix metal particles in the plastic...this sounds more like powder coating... there's new stuff all the time though!

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Are you sure its chrome then? I thought chrome had to have a metal to stick to...chrome plated plastic is possible when they mix metal particles in the plastic...this sounds more like powder coating... there's new stuff all the time though!

I believe this done by a process called vacuum metalization. The metal is vaporized and applied under vacuum. The material is very durable I have seen it on a MX fender and it could be twisted into a full roll without cracking. It is not powder as powder caoting requires the part to be baked at 35o degrees. I don't know all the specifics but I do know it is pretty cool.

Ps if anybody non local is imterested they do offer shipping back and forth. Give them a call for prices.

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I believe this done by a process called vacuum metalization. The metal is vaporized and applied under vacuum. The material is very durable I have seen it on a MX fender and it could be twisted into a full roll without cracking. It is not powder as powder caoting requires the part to be baked at 35o degrees. I don't know all the specifics but I do know it is pretty cool.

Ps if anybody non local is imterested they do offer shipping back and forth. Give them a call for prices.

Yeah that's it, vacuum metalizing. It's done with an aluminum cloud that condenses and bonds to the plastic/metal/glass/fiberglass or whatever you want in a vaccum chamber. Then they apply a finishing layer and there you have it. These are cool wheels man!

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Thanks for the info it looks like a great product

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i dont think its vacuum metalizing. im sure its a sprayable system.

developed by Alsa Corp. a while ago, they are the originators and patent holders for the system and application for the chrome and color chrome. the SIK website says they developed a system for it but im curious on what it was they came up with.

i only know about the product because we worked closely with Alsa to develop some of the ghost chrome for use on our corvette that i posted up a while ago. we've been doing paint, body and custom work for 24 years.

im curious on the system SIK uses. theres no info on it on their site so i dunno if its 'proprietary' or what.

cool nonetheless though.

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I can assure you that it is not a liquid nor powder coat system. It is vacuum metalization. It does have either a liquid or powder clear coat over the top as the actual chrome is less than 1 mil thick. This is why it is so flexible.

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Do they polish the hub first or can it be applied on the stock surface...

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They don't polish the surface but the do smooth it to prep it. They need a prety smooth surface to get good results. As I remember it costs about the same as standard chrome. Call for quotes you'd be surprised it's really not bad.

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how durable is this, would it hold up as well as powdercoating, or anodizing on my rims and hubs??

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