How bad would I ruin the value...

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  1. Demonss

    Demonss Well-Known Member

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    If I re-chromed rodimus prime's pipes??
     
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    Dran0n Junk male

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    G1? I'd pay more for a re-chromed Rodimus than a chrome-less one.
     
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    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Do a good job and I doubt you'll decrease the value at all. In fact it will probably improve the value as a display piece if it is done well and is in keeping with the way the original was.
     
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    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    probably nothing, Rodimus Prime is cheap anyhow.
     
  5. Paladine

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    I'll reiterate what others have said here - I'd pay more for something rechromed than having no chrome at all. I'm having some pieces rechromed myself right now, but they aren't complete yet. I'm looking forward to it.

    I rechromed most of my Powermaster engines (even ones that don't have chrome, like Darkwind/Dreadwing - to match the Japanese chrome), some missiles, a KO Prime gun so I could see what Optimus would look like with a chromed gun, and a severely faded Overlord gun because that's the only way I could think of to actually make it look good again!
     
  6. Demonss

    Demonss Well-Known Member

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    Hrm.. Great thanks guys!
    I'll probably go out get some chrome paint and fix it up. He's not perfect chromed or not..
    But I bought this guy when I was like 7 or 8 at a yard sale for $2 or something, and his stickers were crap, his chrome well worn and all pieces (Except the trailer missing).

    Happily.. ~20 years later.. I've tracked down all the parts (thanks to TFW!), reapplied repro labels, and now just think the pipes on the trailer could use a slight clean up..

    So I'll do it!! :) 
     
  7. Demonss

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    Hrm.. Great thanks guys!
    I'll probably go out get some chrome paint and fix it up. He's not perfect chromed or not..
    But I bought this guy when I was like 7 or 8 at a yard sale for $2 or something, and his stickers were crap, his chrome well worn and all pieces (Except the trailer missing).

    Happily.. ~20 years later.. I've tracked down all the parts (thanks to TFW!), reapplied repro labels, and now just think the pipes on the trailer could use a slight clean up..

    So I'll do it!! :) 
     
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    How exactly do you go about rechroming stuff anyway? Other than using Mirrachrome spray or something, I mean...
     
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    I wouldn't pay anything for a rechromed one. I prefer my vintage vintage.

    But Rodimus Prime isn't exactly a "high value" piece, so I don't suppose it matters! Do whatever you want for your own display.
     
  10. aussiehippy

    aussiehippy Au contraire, Blackadder.

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    I say do it. I spraychromed my old G1 Optimus and Groove to make them look better. They weren't worth anything anyway, so how could it hurt them? They would probably sell for something with nice reprolabels and reasonable looking chrome.
     
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    I sent my pieces out to Chrometech. The guy does model pieces and uses the actual vacuumizing aluminum treatment. Once I get the pieces back, I'll most likely create a post reviewing the work.
     
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    You should post pics.
     
  13. Demonss

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    Me? Or the guy who sent his parts away to be chromed?
     
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    You.
     
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    I'm no radicon, but isn't the end product of paint or spray chrome stuff different than the vacuum chroming originally applied to the figures and what Paladine described?
     
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    Okey dokey.
    I'll snap some pics, I'll snap what he looks like now too just so you can see.. The chrome isn't THAT bad.


    I would have to imagine so. The vacuum chroming is really going to look way better and more professional than what could come out of a can.
     
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    Well.. Here he is in cleaned up (he had paint flecks all over him, probably from when my dad painted my room as a kid or something) though I did miss a few spots of dust (I can see this in the picture).

    For something like 21 or 22 years now (he came out in 86 right? I bought him from a yardsale after he was out about a year) he had crap stickers, and absolutely no accessories.. Not even the spoiler!

    But he was well played with!

    And now he's restored (at least mostly) to his former glory.

    You can see the chrome wear on the pipes isn't horrible (just on the trailer)
    So I may not worry too much about it right now.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Vacuum chroming will look better, where looking better is defined as more reflective. It will be shinier and more mirror-like. It's what Takara/Hasbro uses so it will match better on a figure.
     
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    Demonss Well-Known Member

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    And of course I forget to attach the pics right?

    But at least it leaves me room to say.. Next up is G1 Hotrod.. Though I need to find a junker so I can repair the engine on the back of his head.. I broke it with his targetmaster when I was little.
     

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    I like this thread XD
    I have some ?'s though. Did you have to do any prep to the plastic before the items were replated? How smooth is the finish? Does it match a good G1 finish?
    What did this cost. I have saved his website for use in the future but you are the first person that I know of that has used him.

    Thanks in advance HotRod looks great.
     

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