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Old 12-11-2003, 08:53 PM
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Painting chrome

I'm doing the blackout treatment to my '67 Ford pickup. Fortunately my truck is the basic version, with hardly any stainless trim or chrome. However, I want to dechrome the rear chrome bumper and the exterior door handles. I understand the best way is to take the items to a chrome shop and have them de-chromed, but I'm out here in the middle of Nebraska and thar ain't no chrome shop for miles and miles.

Can I sandblast the parts and expect paint to stick well and be semi-durable? I tried sandblasting a junk chrome part I had laying around and even with coarse-grade sand it didn't do a lot...just made it kinda dull. Is there another way, or should I look at sending these parts off somewhere to have them done right?

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on the door handles try sems trim black its self etching mine came out very nice dont try to cover in 1 shot 3 or 4 light coats will do nice as for my bumper blasted with sand until dull hit it with some ppg k-36 than my bace coat then clear
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Cool! Thanks for the input.
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If you hit the chrome with a DA (or by hand on the small parts) and rough it up with some 60 or 80 grit aluminum oxide paper it will hold paint. You'll want to spray it with a self etching primer such as Duponts Metal-Etch to get good tooth. You can then prime, prep and paint as you would a normal body panel.
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products like "Bulldog" are made to promote paint adhesion on chrome. I have used it before with good luck.
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I used a 3M round abrasive pad that attaches to a rubber face sanding type disc put in a drill. I dechromed most of my 54 Chev using them and they peel chrome off easily. The pads aren't cheap but the guy at the chrome shop said he would have to 'prepare' my chrome pieces just to 'de-chrome' them. What the hell is that about??
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