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It looks like a slightly darker than average chrome. I imagine that it's like any other "chrome" where you can have it chrome plated (chromium molecules chemically applied to the object) or you can get a can of paint that will give you a "chrome like finish". I'm sure you can guess which method will actually be durable.

As far as the plating goes, my guess is that the different shades of chrome come from using a different chromium-having molecule (i.e. the chromium atoms are arranged differently or they introduce different elements to the molecule).

And that concludes your completely speculative science lesson for the day.

Edit for clarification: think of chroming like powder coating. You can't really do it yourself but you can find cheap paint that will give you that "look".
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