TPP chrome console lid trim

Discussion in 'Interior City' started by BrianTrick, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    I have a new chrome plastic trim for my 70 console,from The Parts Place. All of the pegs line up with the holes,and it fits that way fine. However,it had a slight arch to it that I would like to flatten out,so it doesn’t decide to pop back up later. Has anyone else dealt with this yet? I have done similar things in the past with a heat gun. Just wondering what you guys did?
     

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  2. pglade

    pglade Well-Known Member

    Can't answer it 100% as I haven't had one of their repro top pieces...BUT...there is a possibility that they used real chrome plating on the part which may be a problem if you decide to try heat. I've had TPP Olds upper guage bezels that, unlike the factory part, have a real chrome plating on the plastic.

    What I'm getting at is real chrome may be non-flexible and may crack compared to the more typical vacuum metallized "chrome" coating.

    You may be able to determine which process they used by lightly sanding a spot on the underside....if it's real chrome you'll "feel" it when sanding. Then again, if you sand it, TPP may decide "no refund" as the customer tried to modify the part.
     
  3. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    Patton,
    I think they actually chromed it. There is copper under the chrome.
     
  4. Buicksky

    Buicksky Silver Level contributor

    I have installed a few of those , I used some clamps and heated and melted the plastic pins with a solder gun.
     
  5. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    Buicksky,
    Were yours bowed like mine? Yes,I can melt the pins over,but I don’t know if they will hold the plate flush onto the lid.
     
  6. Buicksky

    Buicksky Silver Level contributor

    Yes one of mine was, it held up after I melted the pins.
     
  7. IlliniGSX

    IlliniGSX Well-Known Member

    Mine flattened out after I left the car parked in the sun for a couple hours. I then attached it to the console.
     

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