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Old 06-14-2008, 08:46 PM
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Soliciting Advice/Opinions on Painting Chrome

I originally posted this under a different title and did not receive any responses (I'm not sure if the idea is so ridiculous that no one bothered to comment or the title was totally misleading), so thought that I would try again.

Guys,

I am wanting to paint the chrome on my '63 TBird HT. It is in "fair" (shallow pitting, wear, scratches, fading, etc.) condition but needs to have "something" done to it and there is just too much of it to have it all re-chromed.

I have read all the threads re "Chrome Paint" and "Painting Chrome" and am not trying to make it look like chrome. I am not interested in any of the various so called "Chrome Paints" or powder coting processes that are out there.

However, even though it is intended to be a driver, I still want it to look "nice" and reflect (no pun intended) some of the effort that I have put into the mechanical and body work.

I had a recent brain fert re the chrome: How about painting it with SPI's Silver (after proper prep, of course) and topping with HOK's Ultra-micro Chrome Silver MF in SPI Universal Clear plus a couple (+/-) more coats of SPI UC?

Would do ALL the trim except (maybe?) the stainless.

I solicit you thoughts and recommendations.

Barry K. - If you happen across this, I would especially be interested to hear your thoughts.

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Old 06-14-2008, 08:55 PM
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http://www.alsacorp.com/products/kil...e.htm#showcase

http://www.spraychrome.com/o/sc1/index2.htm

This is not paint per se and is much cheaper than actual chrome. I've been wanting to work with some of this stuff but haven't yet. I'd much prefer this to painting chrome on an older car the body color. That looks like crap IMO, cheapo silver would look no worse.
If this stuff looks as good as the pics, I think it'd be cooler than chrome in some applications.
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Not really an issue at all, as done everyday.

Sand the chrome or stainless with 180 grit by hand (no DA)
Clean with waterborne cleaner ( no solvent type)
Let set 60 minutes and spray two wet coats of epoxy.
Let set overnight.
Spray any 2K primer for filling or apply 2 part glaze for filling of pits over the epoxy.
From there it is normal procedure and I try not to but in this case I'm speaking only for one epoxy as some will work and some won't.
Barry
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Not really an issue at all, as done everyday.

Sand the chrome or stainless with 180 grit by hand (no DA)
Clean with waterborne cleaner ( no solvent type)
Let set 60 minutes and spray two wet coats of epoxy.
Let set overnight.
Spray any 2K primer for filling or apply 2 part glaze for filling of pits over the epoxy.
From there it is normal procedure and I try not to but in this case I'm speaking only for one epoxy as some will work and some won't.
Barry
why not solvent type ???
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I believe the solvent type leaves some residuals on the bare steel that is not desirable for the self etching epoxy primer Barry sells. I sometimes do it double duty, first the regular solvent then the waterbourne for super clean bare metal, and epoxying it ASAP. If your body work is not that bad you can sand down the 2 coats of epoxy to 400 or 600 and base it.
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