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Do nickel-plated and chrome-plated cups chip over time with normal use? Also, is there any particular advantage/disadvantage to nickel plating as compared to chrome plating for a set of copper cups?
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Nickel looks nicer, chrome is too bright for me. I have a nickel plated set of cups I've been using for over 20 years and no nicks.
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Thanks Pete, all good to know. Bob White, in his C&B video, also mentions a preference for nickel-plating, asserting that the "bluish" tint of nickel-plating is superior to that of the "yellowish" chrome-plating. I've had a set of brass Johnson cups for years, but I've always wanted a set of shiny, silvery cups...
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Find someone, other than a hot rod chrome shop to plate them for you.
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Actually, the reverse is true about the color. Nickel looks yellowish. Chrome looks bluish. If it is done correctly, the nickel plate will last a long time; however, some people are allergic to nickel.

Most chrome plating is done over a coat of nickel.
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I thought the color mentioned earlier was reversed. Thanks, Bill.
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Take what Bill says about nickel allergies into account. I never thought about it with cups, but I have a nickel allergy and many watches with metal backs and metal frame glasses burn my skin like acid. I would hate to buy an expensive set of cups and have that kind of reaction on my fingertips!
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I have a set of chromed cups that have laster use of over 25yrs...no chipping.
I have a set of nickel that Donnie did for that are still as perfect as the day he did them.

Quality plating will last...cheap plating will not.
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Other than possible allergic reactions with nickel, can anyone offer the relative merits of chrome plating versus nickel plating? Or is it mainly just an aesthetic choice?
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My experience with nickle plating is that it has to be polished more often than chrome but it looks better fon may projects. The warmer color has a richer appearance that is worth the extra effort, at least to me. I should say my experience with the two platings has nothing to do with cups.
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Bill and Pete, you guys were right about the tint of chrome and nickel cups, by the way. I misquoted Bob White above. I re-watched his C&B video, and he mentions a preference for nickel plating because of the yellow tint, which he prefers over the colder, bluish tint of chrome.
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Sometimes all you need to do to nickel is to give it a good wash.
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I sometimes use a chrome cleaner from an auto supply store. GENTLY.
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The only set I've ever seen chip was an early set of Sisti cups that were chrome. This was over 10 years ago when Jim sold them himself. A friend had them and often did the click move, where a ball vanishes as you click 2 of the cups together. After about a month of this, someone pointed out severe dents and bad chipping. Jim offered to replace them, and he upgraded to the steel ones.
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