Chrome is a finish that instantly brings up memories. Whether it's of '90s music videos, choppers from the '60s or mind-melting modern art, chrome is much more than your preferred web browser. Chrome plating is a process that involves electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal object. Chromium is a lustrous transition metal that's most commonly used for the creation of metal alloy.
Chrome plating is often synonymous with motorcycles and automobiles. Prior to chrome, motorcycles were often electroplated with nickel, however, this all changed during the 1920s thanks to George J. Sargent. Chrome plating became the standard for motorcycle manufacturing up until World War II. During WWII, chrome plating became scarce and in order to keep their business afloat, Harley-Davidson began creating motorcycles for the military—known as WLAs. 90,000 of these bikes were made during the war and were recognized for their olive drab paint jobs and blackout lights. After WWII, chrome plating became the standard for motorcycles once more and it's continued to be the most common finish for motorcycle parts to this day.
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