13 Next the dash is measured to ensure a symmetrical design.
14 The inner design is then drawn on.
15 A rough design is drawn on. It's used more as a template than an outline.
16 This is where the true talent comes in as the design is cut. There is no room for error.
17 The curved front is especially difficult to engrave.
18 The sides are cut next. Hernan uses his art to come up with the design.
19 The design is all cut by hand and now ready for filler.
20 A Dremel is used to fill in the gaps and make the final piece pop. There are also different styles to choose from.
21 The final piece is all cut and ready for chroming. From start finish, the engraving took a few hours. There is no rushing art.
22 Back at True Finish, the dash is buffed and wired for the plating process.
23 The dash is rinsed in a soapy water solution to activate the metal.
24 Next it's dipped in sulfuric acid for cleaning.
25 A water solution rinses off the sulfuric acid.
26 A dip in a nickel strike promotes adhesion for the semi-bright nickel.
27 Here is the dash shown after a nickel strike.
28 Next is a dip in semi bright nickel.
29 Fresh out semi bright nickel, it's starting to have a shine.
30 Next, another rinse, then reactivated using soapy sulfuric water.
31 Fresh out of copper and shinier than a new penny.
32 Next the dash is buffed to smooth out the copper.
33 After the copper buff, the dash is ready for bright nickel.
34 The dash is then put in bright nickel.
35 One final nickel rinse before chrome.
36 Finally, the dash is dipped in a black and yellow liquid that is actually chrome!
37 After a final rinse, the dash is finally looking like piece of art. It was a long road to get to this point, but well worth the effort.