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Fixing Chrome

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    November 2010
Fixing Chrome
Posted by clarke in the rockies on Friday, November 5, 2010 10:32 PM

I'm just getting back into model car building and it seems that every time you take a chrome part off the parts tree the place where it was attached shows on the finished product.

I would appreciate it if someone would tell me the best way to fix this as brushing on silver paint looks like, well you know.

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    July 2005
Posted by Snake45 on Friday, November 5, 2010 11:01 PM

Some use and like foil, but I've found that a silver Sharpie looks a little better than silver paint. That's what I use now and I just don't worry that much about it any more. Now I concentrate on getting such a good paint job that no one notices little flaws in the chrome. Wink

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    January 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:25 PM

I'm curious how you're detaching the part from the sprue. Are you just twisting it off? If so, that makes the attach-point even more visible.

Call me anal, but I cut the sprue first, leaving about 1/4" still attached to the part. I then "nibble" the remaining sprue using toenail clippers until there's barely any sprue left. Finally, I sand off any sprue remnant. I do this with all parts, not just the chrome.

This approach minimizes the tear-out experienced when twisting the part off the sprue.

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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Friday, December 3, 2010 12:26 PM

Hi Clarke,

I think if you post this question in the "Builders Corner" section of the forum you'll get a lot more response to this very good question.

Barry Fadden

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    July 2007
  • From: Aridzona
Posted by GoodAZGuy on Saturday, December 4, 2010 3:19 AM

I used a silver Sharpie, too, until I found something way better! 

At either Hobby Lobby or Michael's (I don't remember which) craft store, I found a Marvy (brand) DecoColor Liquid Silver opaque paint marker with "extra fine" tip, item# 120-S, marketed by Uchida of America Corp. 

It truly is a paint with a really fine tip and it goes on very 'chrome-y' (to coin a phrase).  It covers those trimmed attachment spots very well and blends in nicely with the surrounding chrome.  It even covers red plastic well. 

I've also used it for "chroming" interior trim (gauge bezels, door handles, dashboard trim, etc.) and I've found it to be far superior to the Sharpie in terms of chrome-like appearance. 

It's a little pricey (around $7 as I recall), but I wish I had discovered it years ago!  Well worth the investment.  Try it.  You can thank me later! 




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