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I recently had the bumpers for my '71 project rechromed at Denver Bumper. Cost was $275 each and that included welding up the holes for the over riders and rubber strips and also straightening them out. The front bumper had been "bumped" somewhere along the line and was nearly flat across the front. Darn near looked like a rear bumper! Both bumpers turned out pretty nice! :cool:

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I was in Denver a couple months ago and saw this place from the interstate. I'd like to get a set of bumpers redone and wondered if it would be cost justified to ship from Virginia. The local plater, Royal Silver, wants $1000 to chrome a set of clean straight bumpers! Ridiculous! Me thinks a set of Z bumpers and Range Rover bumpers are going to be shipped to Colorado soon.

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Not to take anything away from Denver plate as I know a lot of guys have been very pleased with their work. I have found a place up north though that has given me a very good quote and includes shipping. I'm going to try them out. They send you a prepaid UPS label and arrange for pickup at their cost. They quoted me for $225 each bumper and include weld filling holes. I did specify it as daily driver quality and they guarantee the work.

http://www.nu-chrome.com/

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I had my front and rear bumper done by Denver bumper last year. I loved the results but I have to say that the back of the bumpers are now rusting badly. :disappoin This surprises me as the backs did not look like bare steel but I guess whatever they put on the back was not good enough to keep rust out. I plan to take them off and POR 15 the backs next weekend.

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I'm going to spray the back sides with silver enamel paint, as described in Wick Humble's book, before I permanently mount them on the car.

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I'm pretty sure the chrome shops specify that you must paint the back sides once completed. That's not part of the process.

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I'm pretty sure the chrome shops specify that you must paint the back sides once completed. That's not part of the process.

I wish they would have mentioned it to me.

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I wish they would have mentioned it to me.

Well hopefully you can clean it up and get some por or similar on it. I'm sure it will be fine

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STEVE91TT

Before using POR15 you need to have that rust blasted off or it will continue it's meal underneath the coating. It is possible to blast the inside without damaging the outside. I had a set of bumpers plated in 2000 and although no one told me either I just new it was a good idea to put something over the inside surface. I just used truck bed liner and 11 years later no rust. But by all means don't just cover the rust get it removed. Good Luck.

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I absolutely agree. Painting over rust is a risky thing. I was an industrial epoxy coating formulator for 15 years. I've seen how rust can reappear if you don't take care of it. Thanks!

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Hi Kenny,

Your bumpers came out great!

I love Denver Bumper, they are a great company and provide good, old-fashioned customer service.

I had my front and rear bumper done by Denver bumper last year. I loved the results but I have to say that the back of the bumpers are now rusting badly. :disappoin This surprises me as the backs did not look like bare steel but I guess whatever they put on the back was not good enough to keep rust out. I plan to take them off and POR 15 the backs next weekend.

Yes, the backs are raw metal and they absolutely need to be painted before mounting them on the car. I use Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch "Metallic Aluminum" on my bumpers (see below pics).

Denver Bumper not only re-chrome bumpers, but they will also restore the old slotted mags. They dip the wheels then buff them out and remove any curb rash for a very reasonable price (see pic below). Mine are now mounted along with new tires on my latest '71 project.

Denver Bumper has been discussed before in other threads: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36005

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Ken--your bumpers look great! I'd been searching for a southern CA company to do my rechroming work---but after seeing yours--I'll be shipping mine to Denver Bumper. How long did the process take?

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STEVE91TT

Before using POR15 you need to have that rust blasted off or it will continue it's meal underneath the coating. It is possible to blast the inside without damaging the outside. I had a set of bumpers plated in 2000 and although no one told me either I just new it was a good idea to put something over the inside surface. I just used truck bed liner and 11 years later no rust. But by all means don't just cover the rust get it removed. Good Luck.

I believe POR 15 can be painted directly over rust. That is the point of it. As long as you use their three step process of Marine clean, Metal ready, then the POR 15 paint you should be all set.

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I believe POR 15 can be painted directly over rust. That is the point of it. As long as you use their three step process of Marine clean, Metal ready, then the POR 15 paint you should be all set.

I wouldn't recommend using metal ready around fresh chrome. One drip or splash and you have pitted chrome.

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Cozye,

I just got my email quote from Nu-chrome and they said $250 for a front bumper, $420 for the rear and $40 each for the bumper guards! For that much money I would get the stainless steel ones. I will be looking into Denver Bumper further before I send them to Nu-chrome. :(

I will add that they said this was triple chrome plating and would be perfect.

carl

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Cozye,

I just got my email quote from Nu-chrome and they said $250 for a front bumper, $420 for the rear and $40 each for the bumper guards! For that much money I would get the stainless steel ones. I will be looking into Denver Bumper further before I send them to Nu-chrome. :(

I will add that they said this was triple chrome plating and would be perfect.

carl

ouch!! Did you send pics or anything? I hadn't sent my bumpers to them yet, this was just an email quote based on my description.

I may have to send mine to Denver as well. I'm not going to pay that much either.

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Here is what Nu-Chome sent me..

"Hi

The cost would be in the $225 range per bumper. This would include filling

in the holes.

If you elect to proceed, let us know so we can schedule a no-cost UPS

pick-up.

Don"

I asked about straightening and filling holes

"Yes, staightening is part of our procedure and is included in our pricing.

All you need to do is inicate via magic marker the holes that require filling and we will do the rest."

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This is the message I got:Good Morning

The approximate cost to rechrome our bumpers would be:

$250 - front

$420 - three piece rear

$40 - guards (each)

The triple plate process will result in a pit-free, mirror finish and take about 4 weeks to complete.

When you are ready to proceed please contact us so that we can schedule a no-cost UPS pick-up to get your parts to our shop.

Don

I don't think I even brought up the idea of filling in holes or straightening. I do like the idea of not having to pay for shipping but I will need to get a more accurate quote before I would use them.

carl

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That's about the same as Denver according to the quote I just got.

"We are currently getting $275.00 for the front bumper. The rear center section is $125.00 and each end piece is $100.00.

The bumper guards will set you back $65.00 each."

But you pay for shipping. So cost is a about a wash.

If you need bumpers done, NuChrome is cheaper.

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I emailed pics to Nu Chrome again today after carl mentioned his quote. I explained that I did not want to pay much more than the rough original quote and wanted him to look over to pics to see if they thought it would still be close to that amount. Keep in mind I'm not doing the guards or accessory bars etc.. Just the plain bumper.

the reply

"Yes, the cost should be in the $225 range for a bumper in good condition.

Let us know when you ready to proceed so we can schedule a pick-up.

Once we get the bumper and inspect the condition to determine the labor content, we can provide a quotation for the service. The rust arears that you mention should heve no cost impact, as we routinely grind/polish the steel to a mirror finish."

Now I'm sure it's going to cost more than $225, as I wouldn't call my bumpers "good condition". But even if they will do them for $325, and pay shipping. I'd still be willing to do it.

Shipping these bumpers will cost at least $50-60 each way. Nu Chrome is going to pay for shipping just to get the bumpers and give me a solid quote. I'm going to give it a shot and report back, since there really isn't any risk to me.

Denver bumper has solid work and I know lots of fellow Z owners have been happy. I'll be the guinea pig on the east coast guys and see how it goes.

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