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    Chroming the rocker cover

    If it possible to chrome reocker covers ?

    I know someone that has the equipment but will its stay chromed considering the heat and stuff its in ?

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    yes..where are u located? check www.yell.co.uk and make a few calls.. they cant chrme over aluminium tho
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    re: Chroming the rocker cover

    I've had loads of alloy chromed, my bike engines virtually all chrome Your right to say that it may not stick though due to the heat, the better the chromers the more it will hold. For best results I'd advised having it anodised. Better choice of colours, blue, red or gold look nice and it won't come off as it's more of a stain than a coating.
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    Cool, anodizing sounds good, i hadnt thought of that,

    Is it expensive though ?

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    What engine is it for?

    Metal or plastic cam cover?

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    uuuum i will find that out

    While you are here, can plastic bit in the engine bay be sprayed or would it come off due to the heat ?

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    re: Chroming the rocker cover

    Techie I think the bit he's refering to is the cast alloy cam cover not the plastic ecotec cover which hides the leads etc. You can chrome plastic but its a fiddly and expensive job requiring specialised equipment. It's called Vacuum something I forget exactly. As for painting the plastic engine cover yes you can do it and no it shouldn't come off if it's prepared properly. Quite a few people on the site have colour coded theirs but it's a bit pointless if you've had the cam cover anodised as it would hide it and the reason you've had it done is to show it off.

    Of course I may be wrong if the engines a 8v job as the engines different and to be honest I haven't even seen one of those yet just the 16v ecotec engines.

    I'd look in yellow pages for anodisers, shouldn't be expensive for such a smallish item. Chroming would cost around 30-50 depending on how good the chromers are, I'd prefer it in 18 carat gold myself, proper bling
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    The 16v Ecotec cam cover is plastic, not just the lead cover.

    The only current Astra petrol engine with a metal cover is the 2.2 iirc.

    Just asked as I have a spare 2.2 cam cover sat here :P

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    re: Chroming the rocker cover

    Techie are you SURE that the cam cover is plastic as I've just checked my 1.8 16v and it's metal. I can clearly see the rough casting marks on the edges. Also surely plastic wouldn't be strong enough for the oil filler cap to screw into. A plastic cam cover would be smooth not rough as well wouldn't it?
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    Although it didn't look it, the cam cover on my x20xev was plastic, and was certainly up to the job

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