BMX Collectors and hobbyists like ourselves are all so used to the restoration process of vintage BMX but there’s not a whole lot of information out there on how to re-chrome BMX frame sets, let alone the chroming and re-chroming process.
After restoring hundreds of vintage BMX bicycles, and re-chroming dozens of frame sets and parts that could not be saved, we’re pretty confident in sharing out knowledge of this process. In the beginning, while we were still learning and had minimal knowledge, we sent our frame sets and parts to a few different local chrome shops and were disappointed for the most part. We now do ALL of our OWN prep work before sending our parts in for re-chrome at a trusted shop.
Find a Chromer who SPECIALIZES in Bicycles
Similar to painting (yes painting – not powder coating) a vintage BMX frame set, chroming should be a task performed by only a Bicycle specialist. Most chromers are used to working on auto parts like bumpers and other parts and are not specialized or have that ‘level of care’ for the intricate and fine details of bicycle frames.
There are many negative things we can say about them not being qualified, so we will just say this… get your chrome prep work done by somebody who specializes in bicycle re-chroming or else your fine details like welds, serial numbers and stampings will be