I have a cupid statue that my parents owned for many years. It looks a lot like this:, but without the large base at the bottom. It's hollow, but probably weighs 150 to 200 pounds. I've always believed that it's bronze, but I guess it could be iron instead. It's been outside for the last 50 years. It's painted with a brownish paint.
I'd like to have this statue stripped and chrome plated, to give it "a new lease on life", and use it in a modern interior. I took it to a well regarded local chrome plater, but he says that it is difficult to chrome plate an object with lots of "nooks and crannies" like my statue. He really doesn't want to do it, even though his business does lots of restoration items, and price is not an issue for me.
So, I'd like some independent input from this group. Taking the item referenced above as an example: could that item be chrome plated? If so, why would a well-regarded chrome plating business, not want to take it on, for the right price?
Thanks in anticipation, TC