Quality & durability of chrome/polished parts?

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5/12/2013 4:15 PM

Ok so i really want chrome/polished bars, but I'm rough as fuck on my bike, and I've heard that it chips and scratches really easily. Would I be better off getting a chrome stem, as that is much less prone to damage? I know its a stupid and vague question. Basically, quality and durability of chrome/polished parts?


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5/12/2013 4:25 PM

Polished parts are good for a long time. Give them a wipe down with a dry cloth every now & again. Chrome however, my friend has 7 year old 7KA rims & they have pitted, chipped & flaked off. I mean 7 years is a LONG time, i don't know how long you plan on keeping the chrome parts. Keep your bike somewhere warm & dry too, you should be good then.

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5/12/2013 4:26 PM

Chrome and polisheds are totally different. Chrome is an outer plating. Polished is just that, bare metal thats been polished. Chrome is just as durable, if not more durable than paint.

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5/12/2013 4:30 PM

SnM An1mal wrote:

Chrome and polisheds are totally different. Chrome is an outer plating. Polished is just that, bare metal thats been polished. Chrome is just as durable, if not more durable than paint.

Yeah, I know theyre different, just most parts are only offered in one or the other. is polished more susceptible to rust or is it given a proper coating?


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5/12/2013 4:39 PM

SnM An1mal wrote:

Chrome and polisheds are totally different. Chrome is an outer plating. Polished is just that, bare metal thats been polished. Chrome is just as durable, if not more durable than paint.

realityisajoke wrote:

Yeah, I know theyre different, just most parts are only offered in one or the other. is polished more susceptible to rust or is it given a proper coating?

Typically only aluminum parts come in factory polished. They are given a clear anodization (that makes them nearly corrosion proof) however, other metals that come in polished are typically given a nice heavy clearcoat

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5/12/2013 5:37 PM

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

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5/12/2013 5:58 PM

Gump wrote:

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

So are polished parts actually better than chrome?


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5/12/2013 5:58 PM

SnM An1mal wrote:

Typically only aluminum parts come in factory polished. They are given a clear anodization (that makes them nearly corrosion proof) however, other metals that come in polished are typically given a nice heavy clearcoat

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5/12/2013 6:45 PM

Gump wrote:

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

uhh well thats sort of a myth... Due to the way its done wnd what not and the abuses bikes take it doesnt hurt it that much and you wouldnt be able to tell the difference between chrome and painted metal strength wise...

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5/12/2013 7:12 PM

Gump wrote:

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

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uhh well thats sort of a myth... Due to the way its done wnd what not and the abuses bikes take it doesnt hurt it that much and you wouldnt be able to tell the difference between chrome and painted metal strength wise...

It's true but it's very minute in the bmx world, it'd be more concerning on like aircraft parts.

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5/12/2013 10:32 PM

What I know, you chrome something and it's like normal paint, so you just have to clearcloat the hell outta it to make it last longer? Chrome ways more, so I'm guessing it would chip faster.

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5/12/2013 11:19 PM

I have had my chrome kink wolf bars for ages, and the only "rust" spot is right at the end of my grips where pretty much everyone I know has scratched their bars other than that, my bars have minimal knicks/scratches that you can see without being up on the bars with a magnifying glass lol, chrome has been the most durable coating I have had so far on any bars, chips much less than my hoder bars have so far

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5/13/2013 2:32 AM

chrome won't rust or wear at all really...

After a long time, possibly without care id give them 3 years max.
after a long time, possibly WITH lots of care, around 6-7 years max.

Chipping and flaking happens after a while, but they are durable a bit after then and then you can either get them re-coated with chrome or hard anodized colours, the rim itself won't really wear much.

polished is just like paint, only bare metal, with a clear coat on it (usually a thick clear coat, if not, the fly rear and front polished have thick clear on them)

They will wear a lot faster than chrome, but look kind of cool with white walls.

(From experience, i got chrome rims)

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5/13/2013 3:06 AM

Aluminum doesn't rust

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5/13/2013 3:54 AM

bars wont flake because its cromo, its chrome on aluminium parts that fucks up (chips/flakes). My chrome bars are a tad scratched, but no more that normal paint would be, my chrome rim (aluminium) on the other had all flaked off...



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5/13/2013 4:04 AM

Chrome will flake of areas that stress/flex

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5/13/2013 8:59 AM

Gump wrote:

Aluminum doesn't rust

No, not "rust", but it does corrode. When aluminum corrodes, or oxidizes, it turns into white powder, which is aluminum oxide. When two metals are placed together, like in the plating process of chrome over aluminum, the more reactive metal, in this case aluminum, will corrode at an excellerated rate once it starts, which is why the chrome comes off the rims so fast, especially once you get them wet.

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5/13/2013 1:16 PM

it is considerably weaker, i wouldnt be suprised if you broke the parts after a week

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5/13/2013 1:19 PM

Gump wrote:

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

feltbikesbike wrote:

uhh well thats sort of a myth... Due to the way its done wnd what not and the abuses bikes take it doesnt hurt it that much and you wouldnt be able to tell the difference between chrome and painted metal strength wise...

future FBM wrote:

It's true but it's very minute in the bmx world, it'd be more concerning on like aircraft parts.

thats what i meant haha thats why i said sort of a myth.. i just worded it wierd..

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5/14/2013 1:00 PM

Gump wrote:

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

who gives a fuck? unless ur a little bitch who wont buy chrome parts because of this ahaha

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5/14/2013 3:40 PM

Gump wrote:

Chrome parts are actually weaker than the painted versions due to hydrogen embrittlement.

stay f-it wrote:

who gives a fuck? unless ur a little bitch who wont buy chrome parts because of this ahaha

Gump said some true stuff there.
Chrome parts are actually more prone to break/crack the difference isn't huge but there is one.

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