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How to Dechrome a Car

How to Dechrome a Car

There are many forms of vehicle customisation, some of which add-on new upgrades to a vehicle, whereas some, like a dechrome, actually removes a design aspect of your vehicle that results in an understated and unique look.

In this blog, we are going to talk about how to dechrome a car

The UK automotive aftermarket industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.

Why is chrome used on a car?

There are multiple reasons in which chrome would be used on a car. Some range from aesthetic, whilst others have a layer of practicality attached. In regard to aesthetics, chrome…

  • Has a bright, shiny aesthetic that can create an eye-catching look that provides a unique finish to any vehicle.
  • It creates a classic look that is generally associated with classic cars.

In regard to functionality…

  • Chrome is naturally quite a reflective material, which results in it being an effective material to be used on a vehicle that will be driven at night or other low-light settings.
  • Chrome is durable. It can withstand small scratches and is more weather resistant than a material such as uncoated steel.
  • Chrome has a resistance against corrosion, so for parts of the car that are exposed such as the trim, or rims for example, using a chrome cover can increase the longevity of your vehicle against rust.

Is there a drawback to chrome?

Chrome is actually seeing a decline in the frequency of its usage on vehicles, this is due to three factors, they are…

  • Chrome gets its name from chromium. This is a heavy metal that is known to be hazardous to the environment if it is not disposed of correctly. As a result, there are environmental concerns that have taken place as a result of the chrome plating process using chromium.
  • Chrome plating is not a lighter weight. It can actually be relatively heavy. This additional weight on a vehicle can reduce fuel efficiency. As a result, manufacturers look towards lighter alternatives.
  • As we mentioned briefly, alternatives that are cheaper to create, more environmentally friendly and lighter are the focus. Positive results have been found by using materials such as polished aluminium, high-quality plastics and painted finishes.

How to dechrome a car

How to dechrome a car

Generally, there are two ways to dechrome a car. With both options, there are certain pros and cons. One of these options is vehicle wrapping, whilst the other is the Car Specialist Customs dechroming process.

Below, we will list the pros and cons of each option, starting with vehicle wrapping.

Vehicle Wrap

Vehicle wrapping in order to dechrome a car is a relatively simple process, granted you have the materials, equipment, and space to do it. It simply involves stencilling the vehicle wrap around the chrome areas of the vehicle you want to cover.

The issue with this method is that it is not permanent and will require re-application. The length of time it would take for the wrap to begin to show signs it needs replacing can vary based on…

  • The quality of the vehicle wrap.
  • The level of application.
  • The way the vehicle wrap had been maintained on the vehicle.

Applying a vehicle wrap for this process can be done by professionals, or by yourself if you choose.

Dechroming service

Car Specialist Customs dechroming service is available to any vehicle you own, (or have the relevant permission) that requires dechroming. Our service is individual to each vehicle we work on. That means we only dechorme the areas that you ask us to.

Our dechroming process requires expert handling, ensuring that the de-chromed areas have their surfaces correctly prepared. However, we can accommodate those who prefer to have a vehicle wrap instead for their dechroming process.

This can be vital in situations where you don’t want to remove the chrome entirely, either to maintain the vehicle’s original look when you go on to sell it. Or not to breach any agreements that have been made if you are using the vehicle for a period of time.

The cost of our dechroming service is in accordance with the amount of areas being dechromed, and the size of the vehicle, both of which will affect the labour time. However, we can guarantee a competitive price for this and all of our other services.

Are there any benefits to dechroming a vehicle?

Yes. There are a handful of benefits you can access by dechroming your vehicle. Some of which are especially helpful when it comes to the resale value of your vehicle.

  • Depending on the method you opt for (vehicle wrapping), it can protect the chrome from external scratches and other wear and tear.
  • It can add a unique level of personalisation to your vehicle.
  • It has the potential to increase the resale value of your vehicle, either with or without the chrome, depending on the preferences of the buyer.
  • It can create a modernised appearance for your vehicle.

How does the dechrome service work?

How does the dechrome service work?

With Car Specialist Customs, our dechroming services are extremely simple and straightforward.

  • You begin by obtaining a general quote either from our website or by calling our number.
  • When visiting our workshop, we have an in-depth chat about your dechroming needs, we then make our own assessment of your requirements and provide a more accurate quote.
  • If you are happy with this, we schedule your appointment for a time that works for you.
  • The dechroming process can vary in length depending on the amount you want to be done. Simply leave it to us, and we will have it done for you.

Where to find Dechroming services today

Where to find Dechroming services today

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:



Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.

See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

In this blog, we aimed to have shown you everything you need to know about Black Packs. Whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

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Caldershaw Centre

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OL12 7LQ


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