Start Of SkyHawk Builds.

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by MotorBoy, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. MotorBoy

    MotorBoy New Member

    I have both the GTS and GTA frames to build. Today started the process of electroplating the GTS frame. Had to sand the brush markes out of the frame so when i started the process the brush marks don't show threw. I first started of with Bright nickle them put copper strike on it and finished it off with 3hrs of copper acid. Tomorrow I'll be doing a process called electroless nickel plating. Makes it pretty much indestructible. The hardest part was the sanding did it all by hand to make sure it came out well. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the GTA frame yet I have access to all kinds of process to do and make it look cool. maybe a black trichrome or something. sanding process i used 150, 400, 600, 800, 1200, 2000 grit to get it to a nice shine and get rid of the brush marks. After it came out of the acid copper had to buff it to a nice shine. That's what makes it really pop when you put it in the Bright Nickel. I'll be posting more pics of the process.

     
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  2. Street Ryderz

    Street Ryderz Well-Known Member

  3. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    That is gona be a beauty. The black chrome sounds badassed. If they made them in steel I would like to see one parkerized. I'm envious of the resources you have access to.
     
  4. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    I love the copper!
     
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  5. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    That would be another cool look. Polished copper or let it tarnish then a clear coat would be rat rod to the bone.
     
  6. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

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  7. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    Yeah. - I love the copper.
     
  8. MotorBoy

    MotorBoy New Member

    There are so many options that I have it's. The question which one should I choose. So finished plating the frame today. Put it in the bright nickle for 30min at 4 volts at 140ish amps. Then moved it to the electroless nickel tank for 1 hr at 184 degrees. Its amazing how it came out. Everybody at work though i chrome plated it. I'll Probably start sanding the GTA frame in the next couple of days and see how i'm going to plate that. If you look up by the neck of the bike you can see my bosses son in the frame, there taking pictures to put on the company website and facebook account.

    Bright Nickle.

    Cooking in En Tank.


    Finish.


    Final Product.
     
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  9. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    Looks great! Any reason why you aren't topping it off in chrome?
     
  10. MotorBoy

    MotorBoy New Member

    I didn't want to do chrome, because everybody basically has it and i had the option to do something different. The EN is actually more protective then chrome its much stronger. Say i mess up on a chrome part i can litterly strip the chrome off in about 3 minutes, The EN takes atleast 3-4 days to strip off the part. I wanted the frame to be protected also.
     
  11. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    Definitely cool.
     
  12. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    I prefer nickel over chrome any day.
     
  13. Steve Best

    Steve Best Well-Known Member

    What are the differences?
     
  14. MotorBoy

    MotorBoy New Member

  15. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    Nickel will have a warmer, more yellow tone. Chrome, more of a blue tone. For comparison, look at a stainless steel spoon vs. an old car bumper in the sun.

    I always thought chrome would be more durable outdoors, but I'm not a plating pro so guess I was wrong.
     
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  16. MotorBoy

    MotorBoy New Member

    I thought chrome was stronger outdoors also. But it will wear quicker then En outdoors in the elements. Hard chrome you would use in place that are prone to hard wear like the bearing cups of bicycle or rollers for conveyor belts stuff like that. Today at work i redid the bearing cups for the build that I took off a donor bike because its in a heavy wear area the En wouldn't last that long with the bearings in the cups you would get wear marks in it pretty quick. They both have there perks.

    Taking Them out of Bright Nickel

    Out Of Chrome

    After Rinse

    And Final Product
     
  17. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    Firearm manufacturing would use nickel for exterior finishes, and some would use hard chrome for chambers, interior mechanical components, and barrel bores. It must be nice to have access to what you are doing.
     
  18. KTOKTO

    KTOKTO Active Member

    I'm jealous. This would be me if I had access to that joint. (Except my socks would be chome too.)

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  19. Street Ryderz

    Street Ryderz Well-Known Member

    Omg you would need some good shades to ride that !!
     
  20. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    Ooooo i'll bet that chaffs.
     
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