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Chrome paint options - Vallejo, for example?

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Chrome paint options - Vallejo, for example?
Posted by lacquer-lover on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:21 AM

What is your favorite chrome paint? Has anyone tried Vallejo metalics? How does Model Master Chrome silver Lacquer (1/2 bottle) look? Does AK or any of the european manufacturers have anything good?

I have decided that I need to re-chrome the shiny parts on my AMT Impala. The chrome brings out all the imperfections in the underlying part and it drives me nuts.  Problem is finding a good paint to go on top.   I already wasted 8 bucks on a can of duplicolor chrome.  I also don't feel like spending $30 for a molotov cocktail marker refil.  I woule  use alclad but, from my experienc building airplanes, it's durable enough for my taste.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:08 AM

I like to use Alclad II Lacquer Chrome.  Strip the old chrome and clean up the parts.  Paint them with a gloss black enamel and let that dry.  Using an air brush, spray very light coats of Alclad II in a sweeping motion and build up the amount of paint on the surface.  The gloss black helps provide a reflective surface pretty much like a mirror.  The newly repainted surface will look a little like chrome.  Molotow Liquid Chrome pens are good for small areas, but provide a better painted surface and looks more like chrome.  To me, anything that says chrome silver is just that, silver and it doesn't matter what brand it is.  It's just a silver paint.  I have not tried Vallejo or AK paints. 

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:32 AM

Molotow and Alclad are going to be as good as it gets for a paint solution. Another alternative is re-chroming. Little Motor Car Co. and Chrome Tech are two places that come to mind, though I personally haven't tried either. Others who have taken advantage of these services can provide better detail.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, March 17, 2018 3:37 PM

I still use Alclad for some applications as well a Spaz Stix for others.

I have used Molotow on some small pieces applied with a paint brush with spectacular results. I was quite surprised at the finish.

It'll be fun to continue experimenting on some projects coming up.

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