Thanks, Bob. About the master cylinder cover, I refuse to pay $30 plus tax for a piece of chrome-plated plastic that probably costs Victory a couple of bucks. Besides, the rear master cylinder doesn't bother me all the match; I don't even pay attention to it.
To electroplate plastic, an electrically conductive layer must first be deposited, which adheres well to both the plastic substrate, or material to be plated, and the desired plating material, usually chrome. A variety of solutions are used to etch the surface of the plastic, which allows it to adhere well to the conductive metallic layer. A thick layer of copper is typically used on the plastic, because its flexibility allows for the difference in thermal expansion between the plastic component, and metal plating.
Then, because electrically-conductive layers have been deposited on the substrate, conventional electroplating methods can be used. Next comes a thick layer, sometimes two, of nickel to prevent corrosion of the copper. The substrate is then ready for the final application of chrome electroplating.
JohnC · Wichita, KS
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