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Old 12-11-2007, 01:28 PM
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At my place we just had some new proximity card readers installed.

Thing is they're big, plastic and make the place look shit. What I want to do is take the face of them off and get them plated or coated in an aluminum type finish.

What treatment process could you use for plastic?

I called a metal plating place and he said the closest place you could get that done is SA, which is cool they're only light. But it's hard to find places when i don't know what type of service I'm after.
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:30 PM
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Chris why dont u just paint them in an aluminium finish..

Use esp to prime the plastic then spray them.. will look exactly like a metal finish..
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Yeah I was a little nervous about DIY as they're on the main entrance of the building and I didn't want to fk em.

But if you think it'll look just as good, I might test it on one in the garage.
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just find abit of plastic so its the same material... i.e buy a power switch and then try the process with that..

esp is the primer.. u wipe it on and that will bond the top layer.. its enamel so will be nice and smooth..
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Take them to a car painting joint and get the lot proffesionally painted and baked, that way tou can cut them back with a bit of cut and polish from time to time?

Wouldnt have thought it would be that different to painting a scoop or spoiler?
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Can get the chromed.

Try Ultrachrome in Osb Pk, they do plastic chroming.
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Try Ultrachrome in Osb Pk, they do plastic chroming.
Not any more apparently, second guy that's told me only over east.

But the more I think about it the more I want an Aluminum finish.. I seem to constantly try to make things harder for myself.
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The sign out the front of Ultrachrome says METAL & PLASTIC PLATING.

They should probably change that
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Will metal interfere with the function of the proximity card reader?

I'd probably stay away from chrome plating, or any other true metallic coating until i found out for sure how it would affect the function.
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Ha, yeah probably.

Yeah I didn't think about the interference factor. I'm just gonna spray paint em.
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