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Aclad or BMF
Posted by zk6216 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:03 AM

So if I paint the body first what is best to chrome the bumper's? 

Bare metal foil or Aclad II? 

Ideas please and thanks 

 

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:38 AM

More information would help. It depends a lot on the shape of the bumper. Most vintage and classic vehicles have bumpers with compound curves. Alclad would probably best for those. If the bumpers do not have difficult compound curves I would probably attempt to use BMF. However, those who use Alclad often (I don't) and are comfortable with it would probably use it on any bumper that needed such treatment.

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Posted by zk6216 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:49 AM

It's on a challenger bumper resin body but should I do the bumper's before paint? Or tape off then do the numbers?

 

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:35 AM

I think I'm still missing something here. Are the bumpers molded to the body as one piece? If so, then you will have to paint the body first, then mask and paint the bumpers with Alclad. The Alclad must be done last as it will not stand up to handling. You would not be able to apply masking tape over Alclad, so painting the bumpers before painting the body won't work.

Hope this helps, but I may have misunderstood the problem.

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Posted by zk6216 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:37 PM

Well I was going to cement them to body so they would all be one but test fitting seems I can paint then add them later on. Tongue Tied

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:49 PM

Yeah, I think that will be your best bet. It will make for a much cleaner build.

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Posted by zk6216 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:50 PM
So add them after ?
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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 3:58 PM

Think of it this way.

Build your model in a similar fashion to the way the real car would have been built.

a chrome bumper would be added after paint.

You're not planning on installing the glass before you paint, are you?

 

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:48 PM

While I haven't used Alclad, I do use Spaz-Stix Mirror Chrome in a spray can and I really like the results. I have tried this stuff on both plastic and resin parts. I'll be spraying some parts tomorrow with Spaz-Stix for my current build. The product can be found where they sell R/C products as it's made for spraying inside Lexan bodies. Yes you have to prime the part, then spray black enamel, then a couple of LIGHT coats of Spaz-Stix.

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Posted by zk6216 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:18 AM

Thank you everyone ! 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:26 AM

High octane

While I haven't used Alclad, I do use Spaz-Stix Mirror Chrome in a spray can and I really like the results. I have tried this stuff on both plastic and resin parts. I'll be spraying some parts tomorrow with Spaz-Stix for my current build. The product can be found where they sell R/C products as it's made for spraying inside Lexan bodies. Yes you have to prime the part, then spray black enamel, then a couple of LIGHT coats of Spaz-Stix.

 

I agree with High Octane Thumbs Up.

I have used both Alclad and Spaz Stix products, and think they are both worth considering. They are both so close in appearance, I think just the technique of the person using it would make the difference.

My own choice though in most cases, is the Spaz Stix product, as it seems to have a clear mixed into it, that appears to make it a little more durable for handling.

I stay away from curves of any kind using the BMF.  I've never seen it done on curves to my liking, but can be beautiful on flat surfaces. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 3:15 PM

You could always send them out for plating if you want a "true" chrome finish.

But, if they're just your typical narrow Challenger bumpers, Alclad should work just fine.

 

Steve

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