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    Default Polished Aluminum vs. chrome

    What do yall prefer? Pro's and Con's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16' tahiti View Post
    What do yall prefer? Pro's and Con's?

    For what? Rims? Gauge Bezzels....

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    Chrome is waaaaaayyyyy easier to take care of IMO

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    Be for Exhaust logs and snails, Exhaust trumpet style tips, valve covers, both motor mount plates, water pump cover, water neck, and intake scoop. Looking at cleaning up the BBO and kicking the idea around of whether to chrome or polish. thx

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    I'm for EZ but pollished alum. is nice to
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    How bout clear powder coated polished Aluminum (VC's )

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    How bout clear powder coated polished Aluminum (VC's )
    Looks nice!!! does it hold up pretty good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16' tahiti View Post
    Looks nice!!! does it hold up pretty good?
    The new generation P/coats are really tough (and the new PC chrome is bad ass ) , they do scratch easily , no regrets though had my swin steos done years ago never used anything but windex Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    ... (and the new PC chrome is bad ass )...
    That clear coated aluminum looks great. Polishing suks. I'd like to see PC chrome though.

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    Polish with a clear ceramic coating. Thats what I plan on doing with all of my polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDaze View Post
    Polish with a clear ceramic coating. Thats what I plan on doing with all of my polish.
    I did that with my eliminator engine. It looks really nice, I will see if I can get some pictures up.
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    Done it all on the hot rod. Chrome is the ONLY way to go for hasslefree maintainance. Aluminum will dull and start to get white flakes and corrosion as will polished aluminum. Polished aluminum needs alot of polishing to keep it looking shiney and pretty. You can clear powdercoat it but alot of the clear powders will yellow over time and it is also acceptable to chipping. Powdercoating is fairly hard but it still will chip at times but not near as soft and easily to chip as paint clearcoat. Chrome is the best by far but not cheap.

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    Have you guys ever had anything Jet Hot coated? From what i've read seems to be really good for metal. For alluminum i guess the company makes you sign a waver just in case they warp the peice during the curing process. But for headers seems to be a good way to go and half the price of chrome and supposeably better.

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    I got the opportunity today to stop by the local powder coating shop. I asked about powder coat chrome and he said the stuff isn't very durable and chips easily. He also said that when a customer has to use the pc chrome he covers it with clear pc also. He showed me a front bumber gaurd he powdercoated with chrome and then with clear, it's color and finish looked grey and kind of dull. I think I'm going back there agian with a jet hot coated header and maybe a polished aluminum piece so I can compare them together. Powder 1 in El Cajon is awesome.

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