Custom Vacuum Chrome Plastic and Plastic Chrome Restoration

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Plastic Chrome Restoration

The majority of chrome trim in ’60s-’80s automotive interiors was achieved by using vacuum metalized plastics. Over time, the finish can get worn down and begin to deteriorate. If you want to restore your OEM dashboard, instrument cluster bezels, center consoles, armrests, HVAC vents, etc., then you’ve come to the right place.

In addition to interior chrome restoration vacuum chrome is also used for all interior and exterior light reflectors.  

Some exterior plastic trim is vacuum chrome but the majority is traditionally electroplated plastic which is not something we can help with. 

Mueller Corporation has over 20 years of experience in vacuum metalized chrome restoration. At one time our doors were open to restoration shops around the country, however, we found that the quality of the stripping and preparation process was inconsistent. To ensure that our customers are receiving top-quality results, we have since entered an exclusive agreement with Instrument Specialties, a leading restoration shop that specializes in full dash restoration, including interior chrome restoration, gauges, clocks, and beyond.

Contact Instrument Specialties now to receive an automotive restoration quote, and make sure to mention that Mueller Corporation sent you.

The Vacuum Chrome Process

Using a series of spray-painted base and top coats, combined with our time-tested vacuum metalizing process, we are able to achieve a seamless, polished chrome appearance on even the most complex plastic part. Adding dyes to our protective spray painted top coats allow us to attain bright chrome colors beyond silver, including:

  • Gold
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Black chrome and gunmetal
  • Anodized finishes

We are able to achieve multiple finishes by using a custom painting method, providing desired finishes, including

  • Gloss finishes
  • Matte finishes
  • Semi satin finishes
  • Soft touch or soft feels
  • High metallic finishes
Trusted vendor for custom vacuum chrome and custom painting on plastics

Traditional methods of electroplating and chrome plating on plastic prove to be a challenging and expensive process. Vacuum Metalizing is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for achieving a chrome look on plastic pieces.

There are many different applications for vacuum chrome and plastic painting, including, but not limited to:

  • Automotive and motorsport accessories and trim
  • Custom sports equipment
  • Prototypes and models
  • Toys and novelty items
  • Display items
  • Decorative fixtures
  • Cosmetic closures
  • Sculptures and artwork
  • Motion picture and theatre props

Mueller Corporation’s time-tested vacuum metalizing process offers durable, consistent, and cost-effective results.

Connect with Our Chrome Coating Experts for a Free Sample

Mueller Corporation believes that the best results need to be seen to be believed, which is why we offer to coat a free sample part so that you can see our capabilities firsthand. Contact us today to receive your free sample part and choose the best solution to meet your project requirements, and visit our Instagram page to view some of our past work.

Chromed plated Bell bike helmet