Cylinder Plating, Boring and Honing Frequently Asked Questions

Cylinder Plating Shop’s Specialists Race to Answer Your Questions

Our cylinder plating shop’s industry experts are committed to answering all your questions with accuracy and in-depth detail. Whether you have questions on our NiCom™ cylinder coatings, big bore services, piston coatings or any of our other services, we’ve got you covered. Our list of cylinder plating FAQs are being continually updated to best serve you so please check back often. U. S. Chrome is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. Please let us know if there is something we can do to better improve your experience and thank you for choosing U. S. Chrome!

Contact our cylinder repair technical representatives with any unanswered questions you may have.

Yes! All our cylinder plating is backed by a full 1 year warranty for adhesion, workmanship, and bore size! Cylinders processed at the U.S. Chrome cylinder plating shop are guaranteed to never streak, scuff or “stripe”.


Since 1940, US Chrome has superior technical depth, research and development capabilities - we have 2 PHD chemists on staff at our corporate headquarters. Robust and tightly controlled cylinder plating chemistry and accurate bore sizing is the heart of what we do. We also offer custom honing mandrels which ensure your cylinder bores have unsurpassed roundness and straightness.

We provide fast turnaround time, premium rush service, cylinder exchange, piston and parts sales. 


We provide our cylinder services to a wide range of industry-leaders, including Mercury Racing, Kohler Engines, Kustom Kraft Performance, Max Power Engines, Eric Gorr Racing, Finish Line Engines, RK TEK, FAS Lane NASCAR Racing, GM/Corvette Racing and many others.


Founded in 1940, our cylinder plating shop has been in the business nearly 70 years! We were also the 1st in the industry to discover how to adhere electro-plated coatings onto aluminum base material.


We provide:

  • Cylinder Plating
  • NiCom Plating
  • Nikasil Replating
  • Cylinder Porting
  • Cylinder Honing (& diamond honing)
  • Cylinder Boring (& cylinder bore restoration)
  • Cylinder Repair
  • Cylinder Restoration
  • Cylinder Exchange
  • Piston Coatings

Our cylinder plating shop has 2 PhD chemists on staff and a full test laboratory, plus full dyno capabilities. Our cylinder plating baths are diligently monitored and our coatings are harder than any in the world (650 Vickers hardness)!


We perform our services on:

  • Motorcycles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Dirt Bikes
  • Street Motorcycles 
  • Shifter Karts
  • ATVs
  • Race Cars
  • Boats and Personal Watercrafts
  • Chainsaws

Yes, we offer aftermarket pistons and parts from the best in the industry, including Wiseco, Wossner, Vertex, Pro X, JE, SPI, and more.


Our snowmobile cylinder core exchange program is our most popular cylinder service. We have thousands of snowmobile cylinders ready for immediate, same-day exchange. We also buy worn or used powersport cylinder cores for top dollar!


The turnaround time at US Chrome averages 10 business days (2 weeks) in house. This is an average and can be affected by seasonal demand, holidays, etc. A 2-3 day Expedited Rush service is always available at US Chrome for an additional charge of $75 for the first cylinder and $25 for any additional rush cylinders. Please contact US Chrome for availability with our Cylinder Exchange program, where remanufactured cylinders from our extensive inventory can be shipped same-day with a refundable core deposit (typically $75 or $100).


Please Enter Promo Code “Ship4Free2017” with your incoming paperwork or on your Service Order Form for Free Ground UPS , Speedee, or Priority Mail Shipping (whichever is lower).

*Offer limited to shipments of 15 lbs. or fewer, ground service only.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.

Call 866-922-5066 if you have any questions!