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chrome pens
Posted by umpire93 on Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:22 PM

what size chrome pens do you guys/gals use. i have never used one, and was wondering about using one for the window trim and wipers and other stuff.  sorry to ask so many questions, but i am back in the hobby after retiring and am trying to make better models

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:18 PM

Personally, I would say the order of usefulness is 1 mm, 2mm, then 4 mm. The smallest one is best for doing small details and repairs on chrome parts, which is what these pens do best. The 2 mm is good for larger areas or large chrome repairs. I would think the 4 mm is too big. I wish they made a 0.5 mm. 

Perhaps more useful is buying the bottle of just the chrome ink and using a detail brush to apply it. 

I have a 1 mm, 2 mm, and the bottle. I find to 1 mm to be useful, but when the 2 mm is done, I won't replace it. I use the bottle stuff about 80% of the time. 

The stuff takes some getting used to. Put it on wet, then don't disturb it until it's dry. Do get the hang of it before applying to your project. 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:49 PM

I use the 1mm and the 2mm chrome pens.  For anything bigger, I use Alclad II Gloss Black and then Alclad II Chrome over it.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:05 PM

Personally, after giving it a chance for the past couple of years and initially thinking it was a pretty good solution for certain applications, I have decided that I won't be keeping Molotow chrome in my arsenal of prefered materials any longer.

There are a number of reasons for my conclusion, including the fragility of the product, shelf life and cost.

Molotow has somehow achieved cult status as being a "silver bullet" for chrome on model kits, but personally, I think it's anything but.

It is absolutely no substitute for propely applied foil, and in my opinion, not even as good as Alclad for chroming.

Some hobbiests swear by it, but in my opinion, it's nowhere near a "silver bullet".

I feel that it's more of a "short cut" if anything, and my thought is that there are few worth while short cuts if your goal is to be as good of a modeler as you can.

Some times you just have to suck it up and learn how to do the tough things, and commit to doing them, if you want your finished product to meet expectations, and I believe that for most of us, the expectation is pretty high if we are taking the time to try to do the best job possible in our hobby.

I guess you could call me a perfectionist, or anal, but my philosophy is, if you're going to commit the time to doing something, use the best techniques and materials possible and don't cut corners.






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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:10 PM

I mostly use foil on window trim....but I use a silver Sharpe from dollar General for emblems and interior handles and itty bitty stuff to difficult to foil(for me anyway lol)

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Friday, May 15, 2020 8:46 AM

I use the 1mm version.  I like it especially to either touch up for instance, the undersides of front and rear bumpers where the tree creates the need to touch up, down low.  Or for very small parts, for example, brackets and detail parts such as cam cover bolts or engine details that are chrome or bright in the real world.  Sure I could use a brush, however I feel more control with the pen at 1mm.

I also use sharpies for gold details and some other japanese hobby pens as well for quick details.

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