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Chrome Plating

Chrome Plating Services

Doug Taylor Metal Finishing Co are a family-run business, established in 1981 by Doug Taylor himself, a keen chemist who began Chrome Plating in 1958.

There are now three generations of the Taylor family involved in the business.

All of our Chrome Plating work is carried-out to British Standards, and we incorporate additional inspection points at each element of the chrome plating process to ensure that the end result provides the best possible finish that the metal part will allow.

Everything is checked whilst wrapped to ensure the item is of the highest quality before being sent out or collected.

We will handle everything from single items to larger volumes, subject to required turnaround times.

How do I move forward?

We recommend firstly either emailing or using our contact form to send pictures of the job you are interested in having restored. Please include any additional information you may feel helpful i.e sizes, weight, finish required.

We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible with a budgetary estimate and timescale.

If you are happy to proceed, post the job into us along with your contact details and we will notify you on receipt. Or simply drop the job into us, where we can confirm all details.

When we have completed the job we will securely send all the items back to you.

Chrome Plating Process

All of our Chrome Plating work is carried-out in house, using modern processing plant capable of providing the highest quality chrome plating services to meet the varied demands of both trade and private customers. We offer three types of finish

  • Bright chrome
  • Sateen chrome

We also offer a comprehensive range of post-plating treatments, including chromate passivate in trivalent clear and coloured.

There are no extra charges for triple-plating, because the transformation process (strip – polish – copper – nickel – chrome) is to British Standards, so is included within our pricing. This process naturally takes longer to undertake but ensures a good finish at every stage of the chrome plating process.

It also allows us to undertake chrome plating for all items from large bumpers right down to singular nuts and bolts, eliminating the chances of any single item being lost. We can handle single items up to combined maximum dimensions of 7ft 10in (2.38m) long, 2ft 10in (0.86m) wide and 3ft 10in (1.16m) deep.

We are proud to retain to this day a traditional chrome plating process where every item is hand-wired.  Our manual process also achieves a thicker finish, ultimately improving the end quality and depth of the chrome finish.  We are also still able to offer Hexavalent chrome plating, which is particularly important when matching finishes on older components.

The more-modern Trivalent process can produce a subtly different colour / look, which can lead to every plated component in a car restoration project needing to be replated simply to avoid mismatching.

By reproducing the original Hexavalent process on the most badly-damaged items, more undamaged original components can be retained, maintaining the originality of the vehicle.

Components we can Chrome Plate

The list is endless as to what we have chrome plated in the past ranging from larger items – Marine, Classic Cars, Scooters, Motorcycles and Bicycles to the smaller items like taps and general household items that the owners just wanted to give a new lease of life to.

We can do everything – If you are unsure whether you can plate your item, just give us a call and we can provide the answers. Below are examples of the types of components we have plated for customers.

This list is not exhaustive:

1955 Chevrolet task force model truck grill

Car parts

Bumpers, Overriders, Radiators, Grilles, Mascots, Badges, Headlight Rims, Light Bezels, Windscreen Parts, Quarterlights, Doorframes, Handles, Trims & Pillars, Wheel Centres, Hubcaps, Number Plates, Petrol Cap, Vents, Handbrakes, Gear Sticks, Seat Runners

Ariel Huntsmaster Petrol Tank


Frame, Petrol Tanks, Mudguards, Springs, Fork Shrouds, Handlebars, Wheels, Kickstart, Gear Lever, Brake Pedal, Brake Levers, Flywheel, Chain Guards

Raleigh Chopper parts

Bicycle parts

Frames, Forks, Seat Post, Handlebars, Wheels, Hubs, Spokes, Crank, Chain, Rack, Sissy Bar, Brake Calipers, Side Stand, Lamp Bracket, Mudguards

 Arcade machine trims and frames

Decorative Items

Bathroom taps and back plates

Household Items

Door Handles, Knockers, Letterboxes, Shower Plates, Shower Hoses, Taps, Bath Handles, Mirrors, Clocks

Boat portholes

Other Items

Boat Parts, Memorabilia, Trophies, One-off Bespoke Items for Presentations

Is any Preparation Work needed by the Customer?

No, generally you can supply your item to us in its current condition and we will undertake all preparations (strip and polish) before undergoing the transformation process.  The only exception would be if we have to manually remove heavy paint layers or lacquers from the metal you send to us, in which case a small extra charge would apply to the stripping process.   All details of this will be included in the quotation we provide to you before commencing work.

Accreditations / Industry Standards and Awards

All of our Electroplating processes adhere to the appropriate British Standards.   We are members of the Federation of Small Businesses and approved contractors to Leonardo Helicopters (formerly Agusta Westland)

Turnaround time

  • Please contact us to find out what our turnaround times are.
  • If you require a quicker turnaround, please call us on 01934 820 454 to discuss your project and we can see if we can accommodate you.
  • Please contact us and we will provide an all inclusive quote based on your requirements.

If you would like a quick quote, please fill in our enquiry form on the contact page or click on the orange enquiry form button. You can include an image of the item(s) that you wish to be plated and list any defects, rust, dents, holes and deep pitting and we will be able to provide an accurate quote within 24 hours.

Get in touch

Give your treasured items a new gleaming look, call us on 01934 820 454 or email us to discuss your project.