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Old 04-18-2007, 11:32 PM
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Talking 1990 GW - Anyone have a solution for rechroming these bumpers?

So I'm told these are aluminum bumpers on the Grand Wagoneer, whereby they cannot be rechromed.

Does anyone have a suggestion for this? Front bumpers are still available from DC, but personally, it's the rear bumper I need replaced/rechromed.

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Old 04-19-2007, 01:15 AM
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i've been told its entirely possible to re-chrome them
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:19 AM
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They are aluminum, yes, and they can't be re-chromed because they weren't ever chromed in the first place.

Aluminum isn't real fond of chrome and after several years it will literally fall apart, but if you want to chrome it, go ahead.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:58 AM
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They did make chromed aluminum bumpers for one year, 1979. It was a disaster and I wouldn't recommend trying it yourself. I have heard of people stripping the anodizing and polishing the aluminum to a nice shine. I'm sure someone who has done this will offer you some advice.

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when I bought my Chero, the original owner told me how he had to go back to the dealer because the chrome came off the bumpers pretty quickly, they replaced them for him. You can polish the bumpers and get them real shiny, then clearcoat them if you like or keep up on polishing them. There's a chrome powdercoat finish I've seen before used on exhuast tips. They might even look good bead blasted and anodized with a satin finish.
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They did make chromed aluminum bumpers for one year, 1979. It was a disaster and I wouldn't recommend trying it yourself. I have heard of people stripping the anodizing and polishing the aluminum to a nice shine. I'm sure someone who has done this will offer you some advice.

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I work for Keystone Auto (body parts), & have a rear in stock for that. I'm in KC, but we have a store in Chicago. They can transfer it in about a day or two. Its not OEM, but an aftermarket look-alike.
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I work for Keystone Auto (body parts), & have a rear in stock for that. I'm in KC, but we have a store in Chicago. They can transfer it in about a day or two. Its not OEM, but an aftermarket look-alike.

I assume that would be a aftermarket chromed steel bumper, rather than the OEM polished aluminum?

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Yes (I assume that would be a aftermarket chromed steel bumper, rather than the OEM polished aluminum?)

Right, so that being said, I'd rather keep with the original approach. Thanks though, good to know...
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Buying a repop chrome anything today is cheaper than rechroming the original, because of the environmental laws.

The aftermarket chrome steel bumper sounds like a good option to me.
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