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Old 02-21-2004, 10:19 PM
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Question Paint over Chrome

I would like to paint over a chrome radiator cover off an old Chevy truck. The chrome is thin but not rusty. I plan to paint it the same as the body but figure its alot harder to keep the paint on. I could rough it with a grinder but this would show through the new paint. Any ideas or shortcuts would be helpful. Thanks

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i have painted old rims that were chrome before by sanblasting the old chrome off and priming the rims several times before painting.worked great for me.i also used appliance paint for the rims,tough and economic.
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This is a thread I responded to about painting a chrome bumper... It all applies to your radiator cover and you could substitute Scotch-Brite in place of the 120grit paper. The self-etching primer is the key. Use it...

"Hit the chrome with a 120 grit disc in a D/A. You don't need to "strip" it, just rough it up real good. Today's "chrome" is not what it used to be... You'll find yourself sanding most of it off very easily with the D/A.
After you get it roughed up wipe it down with Dupont's Metal Etch then spray it with their Vari-Prime Self Etching primer. Cover that with a high build primer/surfacer if you need to do any blocking and then spray the top coat once you get it straight."
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Painting Chrome Wheels

I have a set of Chrome Wheels that I want to Paint to match my Vehicle.

I am unsure if I should use an etching primer or epoxy before a urethane primer. What proceedure would anyone recommend?

I was going to try teh following:
- scuff chrome with 120-180 grit sanding sponge
- etch prime (Varaprime 615S)- 1 coat
- urathane prime (PPG k36)- 2 coats
- sand 600grit
- basecoat (PPG Evirobase HP) - 3 coats
- Clearcoat (PPG DC3000 or Dc4000) 2-3 coats

Any thoughts on my procedure? What if I need to use of polyfill (or other)... will this cause a problem if I apply an etching over it.

Thanks, Scott
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