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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Painting, Finishing and Care. => Topic started by: Brian60 on May 22, 2017, 07:36:33 PM

Title: chrome paint
Post by: Brian60 on May 22, 2017, 07:36:33 PM
Yep you can buy it in rattle cans and it works as good as you need. However if you try and brush it then all you get is a grey smudge, all the shiny surface dissapears.

So is there a brushable one available in the hobbyist paint ranges? or am I going to have to make do with one of the metallic aluminium ones? I have a Humbrol brushable metallic and it's useless, like above it comes out grey not even metallic.
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: raflaunches on May 22, 2017, 08:23:59 PM
You could try the Hiroboy zero range, they cater for the model car ranges like formula one. I believe that their paint comes pre thinned for airbrushes but can be brushed on by hand. I tried them for my 1/20 Ebbro Lotus 72C  and the colour density is fantastic. Not cheap but less than a can of spray!
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: Brian60 on May 23, 2017, 08:05:48 AM
Have you a stockist mate? I don't mind buying a bottle if it does the job - covering the hydraulic rams on my booms, such a small job I can't even airbrush them without covering the rest of the jibs in overspray, they are just 20mm long by 1mm diameter.
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: raflaunches on May 23, 2017, 08:33:20 AM
Hi Brian


Check this website out for what's available


http://www.hiroboy.com/True_Metal_Silver--product--6063.html (http://www.hiroboy.com/True_Metal_Silver--product--6063.html)


The item I've linked might actually be better than the zero paint as it can be applied with anything.


One thing you could try with your Humbrol paint before you commit yourself to a new item is to paint a gloss coat of black (Humbrol 21 I believe) allow to dry then apply the Humbrol chrome paint, allow to dry then polish. Sometimes metallic paint needs a black primer to get the effect, all the zero paints, Alclads, and AK active ranges recommends this.
Hope this helps. :-))
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: TomHugill on May 23, 2017, 08:57:55 AM
Hi Brian, tamiya do a chrome paint pen which might be do what you're after
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: grendel on May 23, 2017, 01:04:02 PM
I bought some liquid gold leaf at a art shop, they also had silver, the gold does what it says on the bottle though
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: Brian60 on May 23, 2017, 02:16:04 PM
Thank you all for the replies. Grendel you have opened up a window of opportunity, my wife is out shopping I think I'll go nosey through her arts and crafts stuff  %)
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: grendel on May 23, 2017, 04:43:22 PM
this is the stuff I had, went on nicely with a brush (well the gold did)
https://www.curtisward.com/Liquid_Leaf_Metallic_Gilding_Paint_35ml__p-101.aspx?gclid=COe8v6CthtQCFWgo0wodyZoBsg
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: TailUK on May 23, 2017, 08:55:23 PM
Have you a stockist mate? I don't mind buying a bottle if it does the job - covering the hydraulic rams on my booms, such a small job I can't even airbrush them without covering the rest of the jibs in overspray, they are just 20mm long by 1mm diameter.

Wouldn't it be easier to replace the plastic with steel or aluminium wire, polished up?
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: Brian60 on May 27, 2017, 10:20:49 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to replace the plastic with steel or aluminium wire, polished up?

It was stainless steel, but at such a scale it still looks dull, hence the reason for wanting a chrome type paint, its for use on the hydraulic rams on my crane jibs.
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: TomHugill on June 21, 2017, 09:58:05 PM
Brian, try molotow liquor chrome. Can be applied from the pen or decanted into an airbrush

(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u484/redwan201/moonraker/DE15B53D-EB90-43AD-B552-A7F5A965D835_zps58oqmrge.jpg)
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: Brian60 on June 30, 2017, 07:12:01 PM
I solved this.

Browsing the various paints in a model shop I found out here. It seems that Vallejo make a paint called Metal Color, it has a high pigment and a high very powdered aluminium content. They do several shades from dark steel to high shine aluminium. I bought the brightest I could and while it does say the best finish is from airbrushing ( out of the question) I used a 4/0 brush to apply it and got nice shiny results, enough to pass muster on the hydraulics.
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: grendel on July 21, 2017, 02:20:43 PM
I had some plastic to chrome finish and got one of the Molotow pens, they really do give a good chromed finish.
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: Hotglove on June 10, 2018, 04:16:00 PM
Another alternative is Bare Metal foil, much used for chrome trim on model cars, comes in several shades.
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: red181 on August 26, 2018, 09:24:37 AM

I just found this thread, so a bit out of date now with my reply, for anybody looking to big larger parts in chrome, I found a company called chrome illusion based in the Rainford area. www.chromeillusion.com


He specialises in larger things, car retro parts, motorcycles and so on. I left him my parts, and waited for a number of weeks, the deal being he would put my small bits in the paint booth when he was doing a larger job. I had to do the prep, and mount them, in hindsight I wish I had taken more care with the prep, they need to be very good as the chrome will show up every blemish


The finish on metal parts such as aluminium bras etc was stunning. Its a paint, and a very expensive one at that, that he has developed. On plastics, it looked very good, a true chrome not just a shiny paint like halfords etc have. The plastic parts where not quite as good as the metal ones, but certainly passed as chrome


A true chrome finish is like the black smoke conundrum, very difficult to replicate, and the larger the item, the better it needs to be!
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: TomHugill on August 26, 2018, 04:48:59 PM
They look stunning! How much was he charging?
Title: Re: chrome paint
Post by: red181 on August 26, 2018, 10:29:19 PM

it was over a year ago now, and he couldn't really price the job, as there wasn't really any labour, I seem to recall I paid 50ish, the paint and the pre coat was very expensive, I'm sure he was selling it primarily to USA for 65 for a very small tin!



I guess if I wanted a job doing again, and was prepared to wait until it could go into the booth with another job, I could probably negotiate around the price


Those window frames where made from plasticard, and you can see that my prep let them down. The issue was the edges needed to be sealed to stop water ingress under the paint, which on one or two plastic parts it has. The metal parts however are still perfect, so If I get back into boats (I'm planes now) I would make the frames in thin brass or alloy and get them done again.  the Huntsman was in its day a floating gym palace! :-))