In cases where a larger area needs to be fixed it's also possible to use lead. But yet again, one uses lead because it's soft and easy to work with, even softer than brass or bronze. When chroming over lead, an even bigger coat of copper needs to be built up, which means the price will go up that much more. If you're in a situation where you know a filler metal is going to have to be used it's a good idea to contact your local chrome shop beforehand, they may be able to help you out with some tips, suggestions and alternative options that may lower the overall cost. Bill and Joe at MJB are more than willing to help customers reach a solution, which could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Hopefully by now you have a better understanding of what chrome is, and how shops go about it. If nothing else, we at least hope you now have an understanding of why getting items chromed can be quite the pretty penny! Like all finish work, it's a tedious job that requires the proper steps and that's the bottom line.