Chroming a camera?
Ok... here's on you don't see on google.
I have a couple of big old cameras, both of which are black paint (the only factory finish). Since the black paint is the worst finish of all time in terms of durability, I was thinking of chroming the bottom and top plates. The only things that are really permanently attached are two clear windows (counter and film type) and the plastic eyepiece.
Assuming I can detach these without ruining them, I was thinking of sandblasting (or bead blasting) and then either powdercoating or chrome plating the top and bottom.
The covers are fairly simple and made of one material (brass). Has anyone ever undertaken to plate something like this? I've seen a lot of info on de-plating but nothing on the other process (which I would guess a motorcycle shop can handle). I imagine that to get a matte surface (as opposed to mirror), the brass would have to be blasted with something a little harder than it.