Shops with small chroming tanks engage in a technique called double-dipping when customers have high capacities. It should be noted that this practice is industry accepted. However, it does cost you more money and increases your turnaround time.
So, what is double-dipping?
Double-dipping is used when a shop’s tanks are smaller than your rod. The facility will chroming one end, flipping it over and then chroming the other end. This is called “double-dipping” because the rod is chromed twice.
The middle area ends up with an overlap of chrome. The shaft then has to be ground and polished to create a smooth, even finish. The end result is the same as a rod chromed at a facility with a high capacity tank.
What isn’t the same is your final cost and your wait time.
What are other options?
Double-dipping can tie up resources and increase wait times. Some places will outsource the job to a shop that can handle high capacities. This decision is typically made when the rod is already on-site. The rod then has to be shipped to the secondary facility. Your turnaround times and freight costs will increase. If you choose this route, you will have to liaise with two companies rather than one.
This is a fine alternative. The job is often completed and returned faster than if the rod had been double-dipped by the original facility. This depends on the location of the secondary facility.
You can always go directly to a high capacity facility. Due to numerous closures, not many shops have tanks over 30 feet. If you work with one of these companies, you will have to ship your rod to them. Depending on where they are located, this can add many days to your wait time. Working with a high capacity facility is more cost-efficient. They do not increase the cost of chroming and you do not have to pay for extra shipping. Many high-capacity shops have shipping specials. You may qualify and be able to reduce costs again.