FOR SALE: CUSTOM CHROME 2D and 3D MAGLITES

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FOR SALE: CUSTOM CHROME 2D and 3D MAGLITES

For sale are a pair of Custom Chrome 2D and 3D Maglites. Overall very good finish but not perfect and does have some blemishes and the threads still need cleaning as I never got around to that. Basically I'm looking to recover what I paid for them...as many of us know that getting a flashlight like a Maglite Chrome Plated typically costs $60+ each in batch jobs. I'm asking $75 for the 2D and $85 for the 3D, prices include fees and shipping CONUS.



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What polish do u use

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What polish do u use

These were done in a shop and not by me. I had a friend get them done for me. Factoring shipping and service costs and the cost for the actual lights themselves, I’m breaking even here. I can honestly say I’m not well versed on how Chrome Plating is done, but here’s what Wikipedia says:

Chrome plating, often referred to simply as chrome, is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal object. The chromed layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or increase surface hardness.

Process

A component to be chrome plated will generally go through these different stages:

– degreasing to remove heavy soiling; – manual cleaning to remove all residual traces of dirt and surface impurities; – various pretreatments depending on the substrate; – placement into the chrome plating vat, where it is allowed to warm to solution temperature; and – application of plating current, under which the component is left for the required time to attain thickness.

There are many variations to this process depending on the type of substrate being plated upon. Different etching solutions are used for different substrates. Hydrochloric, hydrofluoric, and sulfuric acids can be used. Ferric chloride is also popular for the etching of Nimonic alloys. Sometimes the component will enter the chrome plating vat electrically live. Sometimes the component will have a conforming anode either made from lead/tin or platinized titanium. A typical hard chrome vat will plate at about 25 micrometres (0.00098 in) per hour.

Various Linishing and Buffing processes are used in preparing components for decorative chrome plating. The overall appearance of decorative chrome plating is only as good as the preparation of the component. The chrome plating chemicals are very toxic. Disposal of chemicals is regulated in most countries.

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So these are standard Maglites just chrome plated?

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Yeah these Mags were chrome plated at a shop. I had plans to mod them, but never got around to doing it and now I’ve got other things I need funds for. So yes these are just standard Mags that have been Chrome plated and ready to be modded by anyone who wants to go further with them. As I said before, the labor/service cost to get them done were about $60 a light.

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WHAT YEAR ARE LIGHTS THE NEW MAGLITES ARE MADE OF THINNER gauge aluminum?

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Thought I’d bump this since someone has recently expressed interest…

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Are they just flash chromed or triple plated?

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8steve88 wrote:
Are they just flash chromed or triple plated?

It was done at a shop, don’t remember the specifics, but this is how it is described by a local shop:

“Chrome plating is a process with many steps that are different for each base metal. We electroplate copper, nickel, chromium, or gold onto the part being chrome plated. The basic electroplating process is to dissolve a metal with something and run an electric current through the solution, which pulls the dissolved metal ions out of the solution and onto the part being chrome plated. The parts are connected to copper hooks or racks and are hung into the plating tanks. The tanks vary in size from 1,200 gallons to 3,225 gallons and contain various amounts of acids, bases, metals, organic chemicals, and water. An electric current goes into the anodes, passes through the various solutions in the process, and deposits metal on your part.”

I don’t believe they’re flash chromed.

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It sounds like your chrome shop does triple plating normally.
Flash chroming is a clean, polish and chrome.
Triple plating is clean, copper, nickel, with a polish in between each then chrome plating on top.
Either is possible on aluminium as it polishes nearly as well as nickel.
The chrome layer is usually very thin and can be porous enough to let water and air through to the underlying layer, nickel is not so much of a problem but if it was chromed over aluminium oxidation will occur and the chrome start to flake. Either way a good coat of wax will prolong the life of the chrome. Good luck with fingerprints. Smile

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Thought I’d continue to bump this… I am open to reasonable offers as well.