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 Post subject: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Tue 09, 2018 4:44 pm 
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Is there a really good chrome paint for metal?

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Wed 10, 2018 6:35 am 
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I use DupliColor automotive chrome, looks even better with a can of clear coat over top to protect it.

I tried other brands, they just look like silver paint when they dry.


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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Wed 10, 2018 10:22 pm 
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I used that same paint on my Hallicrafter and it comes out silver. Very disappointed.
I will clear the bench and try your clear coat trick this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Tue 16, 2018 1:15 am 
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JR wrote:
Is there a really good chrome paint for metal?

JR


Unfortunately.... no

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Tue 16, 2018 5:42 pm 
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A few times I've needed to have older (1920's) player piano pedals or levers re-chromed, where I can call friends who belong to a local vintage car, motorcycle, or tractor clubs so they can add my parts to their next order for re-chroming, so it doesn't cost much to get done. Alot of the work is just preparing the chemicals to get ready for the electroplating run...it usually makes little difference just how many pieces, as long as they're small enough. Some shops want the parts cleaned/prepared, which is labor-intensive for them to do. I've never found a paint that looks (or wears) like chrome.


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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Tue 16, 2018 8:00 pm 
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The finish quality of plated parts depends very strongly on the surface preparation before plating. If the part isn't polished "mirror" smooth, don't expect the plating to look like a mirror.

The finish of spray painted parts depends on the pigment metal flakes "leafing," that is lying very flat and overlapping slightly. If the surface doesn't allow the liquid vehicle to spread and pull the flakes flat, you will get a grainy finish.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Wed 17, 2018 9:43 pm 
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Well Mr. Rocco--Things didn't work out as planned. I ended up with silver paint that looks the same but with 2 coats of clear over it. I'm not sure if what Rich showed us is truth or fiction, but it does make some logical sense. We all know that proper prep can produce a beautiful cabinet. I agree. There is no substitute for a real chrome job.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Thu 18, 2018 3:19 am 
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Freeman wrote:
There is no substitute for a real chrome job.

This is absolutely correct.

Silver and gold spray paints, regardless of brand, will always have plastic lids which look perfect, like real chrome or gold. But do not expect the end result to look like the cap! Applying a clearcoat finish on top will not improve the appearance, but it may help to preserve it.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Sat 20, 2018 5:52 am 
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There are some paints out there that are a good step above the silver paints. Look up Molotow liquid chrome. I bought some paint sticks of it @ street-smart.net. I can't remember if they sell it in spray cans. Check out Molotow liquid chrome on you tube. There are some videos of guys using a spray brush to shoot some. There is another one that I think the name is Spastick. I have used the paint pen for radios and old Mopar dash refurbishment. I consider it to be at least half way between real chrome and silver paint for shine and reflectivity.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Sat 20, 2018 1:24 pm 
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Thank you 1968rt...

Looks like it would do a pretty good job to "re-chrome" small radio parts... knobs, bezels, etc. Investing in an air-brush set-up might cost a bit but I think it would be worth it. Uses would be limited for the pen-tip I think, but airbrushing looks very promising.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwQIA3W0Yfs

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I think I'd wear disposable gloves though :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Oct Sun 21, 2018 3:26 am 
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Looks like it would do a pretty good job to "re-chrome" small radio parts... knobs, bezels, etc.


That is exactly the types of things that I have used the paint stick for on radios. I have been pleased with most of the results.
Over the years I have bought practically every "chrome" spray paint I have ever found, and it always looks like silver paint. This is the only stuff that actually gives something of a mirror finish. I have had some of the car pieces I have used it on in the sunlight, and the reflection can be blinding. You don't get that reflectivity with silver paint.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Mar Sat 09, 2019 5:33 pm 
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I was impressed with that video so I bought one of the 5mm Molotow chrome pens. It did look good, but doesn’t flow well. It would probable look good on real small objects. I tried using an airbrush system and was rather impressed with what I saw before I ran out paint. I bought the 30m tube to finish it. I found out that when you start, you have to complete the whole job at one time. You can’t pickup from where you stopped yesterday. It came out very nice. From a distance it does look like real chrome. I can see the areas that had some surface rust that I sanded with 300 that isn’t perfectly smooth, but you have to be up real close to notice the difference. It can’t compare to real chrome, but between a 1 to 10. I think it’s a 8 or 9.
In the first picture you can see the surface rust along the top and side.
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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Mar Sat 09, 2019 9:17 pm 
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Hmmm.... not bad....not bad.

It has possibilities for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Mar Tue 12, 2019 3:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Apr Sun 07, 2019 1:27 am 
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Look into powder coating

I had chair legs done and looked like real chrome.

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 Post subject: Re: chrome paint
PostPosted: Apr Sun 07, 2019 5:51 pm 
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Try home nickel plating. You need vinegar, salt, nickel, a glass or plastic tub and a battery--to make the plating solution it's better to use a battery charger for the "cooking" of it.

I made over a quart of nickel solution yesterday, and it's time to plate some phonograph parts this week.


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