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rechrome bumpers
Posted by 66tbirdtom on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:25 AM

now that Bob from chrome tech usa has retired. does anyone know of a good plating service for plastic model car bumpers , I live in an assisted living unit (due to PD) and the fumes from any spray products would not be tolerated and I prefer to use an outside source, thanks

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:04 AM

There may be others, but after Chrometech, the only other one I know of is Little Motor Kar Company, contact info here http://www.rocketfin.com/little-motor-kar-company.cfm . I haven't used them personally.

Are you aware of Molotow chrome ink? It comes in marking pens available in several tip sizes (1 mm, 2 mm, 4 mm) and in a 30 mm bottle. It is not cheap, about 25-30 dollars for the 30 mm bottle, but it can deliver an very effective chrome appearance when applied properly. It's basically an acrylic based product, so won't have fumes as harsh as lacquer, etc. It can be sprayed to great effect, but also looks great, perhaps better, when brushed on.

If you are interested in this stuff, do a forum search for more info, since it has been discussed a fair bit over the last couple of years, including the best techniques to apply it. Also, if you ask this question in the 'Builder's Corner' or 'Paint & Bodywork' sections of the forum, you may get more response. Cheers

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:07 AM

Molotow ink looks good, but there are big questions about it's durability.

I use it for small parts and touch-ups where handling will be minimal, but for parts as large as bumpers, I would be very leary.

Until someone finds a way of clear coating over it without destroying the reflective "chrome" properties, I won't use it for large parts.

Other than "Little Motor Kar Company", there is another business called "GT Kustom Khrome", run by a gentleman by the name of George Hernandez, that does excellent plating.

I have not used them since the company changed hands a year or two ago, but when it was run by Bob Dahl, the finished product was top notch!

As with a lot of these plating services, Chrome Tech and Kustom Khrome do not plate their own parts.

They are sent out in bulk, to mitigate cost, to a plating company.

The one that Kustom Khrome uses is the same company that used to do all of AMT's plating, among others, so they know what they are doing.

While I have yet to use them since the exchange, I will be sending out some parts to them again very shortly.

This is what I recieved the last time I did business with Kustom Khrome.

Absolutely impeccable!!

 

Steve

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:22 PM

Steve: There's a great article on the usage of Molotow Chrome using Spaz Stix Ultimate Chrome Clear in the April issue of Scale Auto but the guy who submitted that article also had a good thread over at Model Car Magazine with a little more detail on the process. I've used the Spaz Stix over the Molotow and although it does take away a wee bit of the luster/ shine it works perfectly....and you can handle the parts afterwards with no ill effects.  Here's a link to the MCM thread: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/129039-molotow-chrome-refills-sprayed-with-airbrush/?tab=comments#comment-1872533

66tbird: Looks like Trevor beat me to the punch on Little Motor Kar Company.Wink

 

 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:58 PM

Well, as long there are platers still available, I will be using their services.

I'll let everybody else be the guinea pigs for Molotow for the next few years.

It would be just my luck to find out that the ink loses adhesion and peels off after a couple of years.

I plan on the fresh chrome on my priceless vintage kits being around long after I am gone. Smile

 

Steve

 

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