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Chrome Paint
« on: April 06, 2007, 06:53:52 PM »

Has anyone used Plasticote Brilliant Metallic Chrome Paint ?

If so could you tell me if it is any good ? Is it as good as they say ?

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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2007, 07:13:41 PM »

Hi Richard
I have used this.  It comes out of the tin looking like real chrome!  Unfortunately, it's not fuel proof and if left more than a few days without varnish, turns to the colour of matt aluminium (which is still quite nice but nothing like the chrome).  Fortunately it rubs off easily with thinners so now my once shiny windows are matt black ::)
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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2007, 07:45:03 PM »

Hi Richard

My experience is similar to Danny's. I tried to use it to touch up 'chromed' parts on a plastic model I built some years ago. Looks good when put on but drys to matt aluminium/silver.

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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2007, 08:03:14 PM »

Hi Richard

My experience is similar to Danny's. I tried to use it to touch up 'chromed' parts on a plastic model I built some years ago. Looks good when put on but drys to matt aluminium/silver.

Doug
It takes a good polish though, so a bit of light elbow grease may solve your problem.
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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2007, 10:20:16 AM »

Thanks Guys.

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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2007, 07:43:08 PM »

Hi Richard

My experience is similar to Danny's. I tried to use it to touch up 'chromed' parts on a plastic model I built some years ago. Looks good when put on but drys to matt aluminium/silver.

Doug
It takes a good polish though, so a bit of light elbow grease may solve your problem.

Would that be the gloss or matt elbow grease?  ;D
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 09:45:24 PM »

Has anyone found a really convincing and durable chrome paint?  I have tried Halfords version and not been too impressed - not terribly shiny and very soft.  This one looks good in the videos but is rather pricy.  I feel I could spend a lot of time and seeking the right solution.  Or is it just that there really isn't a substitute for the real thing?

If it makes any difference, it is metal parts that I want to make shiny.  I know there are proper chroming kits available, but I don't really want to go there, at least not yet.  So a reasonably convincing spray paint would be handy!

(I know there are a couple of posts here on this topic but they are a good few years old now and I am hoping that someone has discovered the miracle solution in the meantime!   O0 )

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Re: Chrome paint
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 10:25:42 PM »

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Re: Chrome paint
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2014, 08:43:50 AM »

Alclad can be very convincing.


I do a few plastic models at times and have used this for bare metal finishes on aircraft. You need to spray the area with gloss black first. This needs to be a very smooth and glossy black finish. You then airbrush the Alclad on over the top in very light, mist coats.
The result is fantastic.


Here is the black coat, Thinned Humbrol enamel airbrushed on. 1:48 P-38 Lightning model.



Here is the Alclad over the top. This is the polished aluminum finish, not chrome, the chrome will be even brighter.






And the finished model. The finish was weathered and dulled though as the polished aluminium was too bright for me.



Here's another one I did in Alclad dull aluminium finish.





I have used the chrome finish on the inside of a poly-carbonate RC car and that does look like Chrome. You have to do it in reverse though on a clear body, spray the Alclad first then back it up with black to give the effect.


Unfortunately though it isn't durable. It will rub off if you handle it too much so maybe you need a clear lacquer over the top.


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Re: Chrome paint
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2014, 01:32:03 PM »

Thanks guys. And lovely models Craig  :-)).  Alclad certainly looks good and putting a clear coat over the top seems feasible. As I am putting the fittings on an RC model they need to stand up to some handling.  I think I do need some experiments.

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Re: Chrome paint
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2014, 01:12:03 PM »

whats the base metal , could it not be electro plated ?
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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2014, 03:08:34 PM »



That's rather brilliant!   :o
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Re: Chrome paint
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2014, 08:33:32 PM »

whats the base metal , could it not be electro plated ?

Yes, I know this is a possibility.  As I said in my initial post, there are home kits for all sorts of plating including chrome (and copper, which is a necessary undercoat for chrome on typical cast pieces).  However, these are pretty pricy unless you expect to do a lot of this sort of work.  I was looking for a cheap, easy, perfect solution!  %)

I could also take the pieces to a company that does chrome plating but I haven't looked at the feasibility or cost of that - my suspicion is it will not be cheap!  {:-{

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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2014, 09:37:57 PM »

Hi everybody
I don't know if you can still get it (not looked for a time) humbrol do a few paints where as you paint it on let it dry and buff it up with a cloth.Hope this helps all a bit new to me this internet stuff took me what feels like a fortnight to type this out  {-) {-) {-) {-)   
 
 
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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2016, 09:36:46 AM »

Would the aclad work on etched brass that is to go in the water.
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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2016, 10:35:28 AM »

It will work on brass but it's very delicate. I used Alclad on my brass railings on the Moonraker. Primed with etch primer, then the Alclad gloss black, chrome and the clear cote. Sadly it still came off very easily.
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Re: Chrome Paint
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2016, 11:06:30 AM »

Sounds like am back to the drawing board
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