Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures but I took them with my antique cell phone camera. Someday I'll upgrade to something modern.
Duane and I are both 'old school' guys and steel fabricators and we're more accustomed to building stuff in the raw and then doing the usual finish, with Rustoleum, in my case. Duane has a little better taste and prefers a good automotive rattle can finish. For this project however we decided to go 'big time' and actually get a 'real' finish on the parts.
The chrome was done by Pulido's in Balch Springs and the powder was done by Jocko at Ace in Garland. Most of you local guys probably know both outfits. Both companies did an outstanding job for us at a reasonable price and with almost instant turnaround since we were headed to a show with the parts.
To be honest this was the first time in over 50-years that I'd ever had anything finished by an outside source so I learned at lot. One thing is not to take anything for granted. You need to mask off and plug those areas you don't want plated or powdered. The finishing outfits aren't mind readers so you need to leave clear instructions about what you want and what you don't want. Fortunately our parts turned out just fine with only a few 'surprises' that were 'educational'.
One of my old bosses at a chopper shop years ago told me that "If you're not making mistakes then you really aren't doing anything and you certainly aren't learning anything". For this reason I don't look at screw-ups as necessarily being a bad thing.