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Stevengould46
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windshield brackets help

Post by Stevengould46 » Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:41 am

I built Hankinson's Miss Chris and had custom aluminum windshield brackets made. They have not held up well and I'd like to have them duplicated in either brass or bronze to be chromed. I have found only one casting shop that offered to build them but their price was over $2K and I'd still have to polish and chrome them. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by Andy Garrett » Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:39 am

I'm not sure what kind of damage your aluminum set has, but if it is pitting and corrosion, perhaps they can be cleaned up. If they are suitable for a good polishing, they can be chromed too. That will protect them over the years.

If they are not repairable, then a new set of aluminum brackets polished and chromed would be a far more affordable solution.
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Post by gdcarpenter » Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:19 am

I looked into getting my Mark35A engine plaque chromed. I was told that chroming aluminum is difficult if possible at all. Apparently chrome cannot be applied directly to aluminum, would love to learn otherwise.
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Post by vupilot » Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:28 am

Actually my aluminum cast brackets from Lake Shore Castings are chromed. They are holding up just fine so far.

This is how they came rough cast
https://picasaweb.google.com/vupilot/Ch ... 3133621170

Here it is chromed. 4 years later its holding up great.
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Stevengould, if these kind of brackets are the style and size you are looking for they come rough cast for just over $100, then you could have them polished to a high luster or chromed.

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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by Andy Garrett » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:55 pm

I think the chrome shop will actually do a nickel plating first and then chrome. This is how they do chrome wheels for automobiles.
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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by khundley » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:10 am

I work for a company that builds machinery and tooling for ultrasonic plastic welding. We build tools that vibrate 20,30, or 35,000 PER SECOND, and many of those tools are aluminum. We will chrome plate the aluminum to seal up the metal and prevent marking on production parts. It is very durable to stand up to that type of expansion and contraction.
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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by SCWooden » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:09 pm

I also ordered aluminum brackets from same place and the guy (Marty) said polishing them then sealing them with a clear coat like one uses on wheels works great. Bob did that too. He said if they were to chrome them the imperfections would show more so just polished ($75). Marty's brother is at St. Louis Plating but there were backed up for five weeks so his Marty took them and polished them up. I paid more to UPS them back and forth. :-)

Now how does one decide on placement and attachment? Plus the white rubber gasket the glass will sit in...does that get attdched to the bow wood or simply lay there with weight of the 1/4inch glass?

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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by rbrandenstein » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:57 am

The classic boat connection http://www.classicboatconnection.com/
sells the rubber channel for the bottom of the glass. It is black, which I think looks better that white.
It has a channel that the glass gets pushed into. There is no other attachment needed. The brackets hold the glass in place.
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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by SCWooden » Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:06 pm

Thanks Bob...yes that's where I got the rubber for the glass.

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Re: windshield brackets help

Post by Butch Barto » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:14 pm

I had aluminum windshield chrome plated and 5 or 6 other aluminum parts on INNOCENCE they all failed after 3 or 4 years. All parts are now polished stainless. We mainly use our boat in salt water.

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