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I'm curious on the chroming process. How do they prevent the chrome from getting in the places that don't need to be chromed...such as the grooves/teeth on the inside of the drum? Other spots where any additional material would render the winch inoperable.
At last on my Harken's, I'm pretty sure the teeth are removable.


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Re: Rechrome a winch in New England?

I had three winch drums re-chromed in 2011. They were two Lewmar 40s and a Lewmar 8. It cost about $400 and they came out great.

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I'm curious on the chroming process. How do they prevent the chrome from getting in the places that don't need to be chromed...such as the grooves/teeth on the inside of the drum? Other spots where any additional material would render the winch inoperable.
they mask it off with plater tape

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Your's is a fascinating response...
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You suggest I must have 'someone' dissemble and reassemble my winches for chroming for me, or that I should chuck all my winches for stainless ones because.. I really don't know why, maybe because you did, and you call ME the troll?
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Re: Rechrome a winch in New England?

Not clear on this argument. Would expect you just take off the drums yourself. It's easy. Just like for maintenance. Lewmar replaced one for free for me. Was surprisingly heavy so agree using local house and avoiding shipping cost makes sense as does request for heavy coating.
Have had this issue on several different brands not just Lewmar but happened in just two years this time which I think is way too early. Seems to always start where line first hits the drum and then spread from there. Have always wondered if angle was less acute if it wouldn't happen so fast. Know my angle is well within suggested by mfg.

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Re: Rechrome a winch in New England?

One thing about having this done, it uses some really nasty chemicals, so if you are someplace other than the US I think you may well have a better chance of a successful chrome plating that will last. Here in the US they are regulated to the point that they can't do as good of a job. So this may be best to have done in the islands, if you can find a good chrome guy. It is not rocket science, but it is quite toxic. I had some bumpers chromed in the early 80's and they came out looking new. Last time I saw work from the same place it looked like chrome plated plastic.

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Re: Rechrome a winch in New England?

If your doing all of them why not powder coat? I did mine several years ago and they're holding up fine , even if one gets a chip,
At 25$ to recoat one who cares , if I paid the money to re chrome a winch and it started peeling after a year or two, somebody has a lot of explaining to do, and I'd be damned if i was going to pay to have it redone , but after seeing to many plating jobs (auto parts , marine parts, bike parts etc) not last as long as they should I decided powderccoat would serve my purposes better , and the fact that 6 winches
Powder coated cost less than one being chromed ....
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If your doing all of them why not powder coat? I did mine several years ago and they're holding up fine , even if one gets a chip,
At 25$ to recoat one who cares , if I paid the money to re chrome a winch and it started peeling after a year or two, somebody has a lot of explaining to do, and I'd be damned if i was going to pay to have it redone , but after seeing to many plating jobs (auto parts , marine parts, bike parts etc) not last as long as they should I decided powderccoat would serve my purposes better , and the fact that 6 winches
Powder coated cost less than one being chromed ....
Assuming that it holds up, this seems like an interesting idea! I see that one can get powder coat paints in metallic colors too... I imagine that "chrome" must be one of the options.

I also found a video where I guy applied a layer of clear powder coat directly on top of a piece of metal that was chromed as a test. In the video the powder coat went on, and set up fine.


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Re: Rechrome a winch in New England?

There is a company in Providence, RI. that chromes winches and other boat parts. I believe they are the same people that will also knurl your drums if you'd like or need. I've not used them but have been considering it, they are International Chromium Plating, 2 Addison Pl., Providence, RI., (401) 421-0205. Should you use them or anyone else please report back on your results and findings. Good luck.
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