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Any tips on refinishing the chrome on dash parts?
#1
Just throwing this question out there to see if any has a better idea to refinish dash parts and specifically the chrome.
Re-chroming is out of the question, but I do know of chrome-like finishes that come close. There is a company close to me that does this sort of work, but I just need to get my a** down there and talk to them about cost and possibility. Chrome "paints" are pretty useless as far as I can see. Talked about this before in another thread.
Moving forward, let's say there is a suitable chrome finish that can be applied. The next step would be a way to mask off the chrome for painting the rest black. I'm thinking a liquid mask of some type rather than tape, which is doable, but time consuming.
Anyone got any ideas???
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#2
I would think the best way to go using a chrome paint, would be to get the main color sprayed and cured, then mask off everything you don't want chrome paint on. I know it's a lot more masking, but chrome paints being so 'delicate,' it just makes more sense to apply them last.

Get some 'green' tape from an auto paint seller and use that after you've gotten the main colors (I'm assuming camera black) on the pieces taken care of. The blue tape will pull up anything that didn't get good adhesion.

Eric

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#3
I recall a company out of Michigan that you could send these parts to and have them re-done, but, my recall can't remember whom exactly... maybe someone here knows...
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#4
True, but by the time you're done paying for the very expensive process, you could've bought 2 sets of repops. whistling

Eric

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#5
The "good" chrome paints use a 3-step process and aren't cheap, and not many are for FIYers:
http://alsacorp.com/killer-chrome/

Spaz Stix seems to be pretty well rated, when using their ultimate black backer for a base, followed by mirror chrome, and then clear coated with their ultimate mirror chrome clear, and is more affordable:
https://www.amainhobbies.com/spaz-stix/b164



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Don C;290470 Wrote:The "good" chrome paints use a 3-step process and aren't cheap, and not many are for FIYers:
http://alsacorp.com/killer-chrome/

Spaz Stix seems to be pretty well rated, when using their ultimate black backer for a base, followed by mirror chrome, and then clear coated with their ultimate mirror chrome clear, and is more affordable:
https://www.amainhobbies.com/spaz-stix/b164

Don, I think the "Killer Chrome" product is what the shop nearby uses, or at least a product very similar. This is worth looking into, but If I can get it done without having to actually buy the stuff, that's the route I'll take.
In reply to other very good suggestion, thanks and Eric, you might be right about doing the black first and masking that out. Obviously with my background, the process is not lost on me, but I do appreciate all the suggestions.
Geoff.
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#7
I saw a video last night on FB from the Model Cars group I'm a member of. The guy took the chrome paint from a Molotow chrome paint pen and ran it through an airbrush. Looks freaken awesome!

https://www.facebook.com/Jevrieslowrider...326360377/

I know this is how I'm going to be painting the resin 1/12th Cragars for my Vanishing Mach 1 model, that's for sure. thumb

Eric

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#8
For masking off the thin chrome areas you can use a Fiskars rotary scissor to cut tape to any width you need. http://www2.fiskars.com/Special-Feature/...ary-Cutter
Easy to do I use it all the time to make narrow strips of tape. Use one of their cutting boards and a straight edge and make any width you need.
Now to find a chrome that works. Like stated the re chrome is stupid expensive.
When I do a console for anyone I do not even try to do the chrome I tell the owner they can get the model car pens and make it look a little better but I do not even try. Pics are the console shift surround and clock frame. I have one of the larger diameter scissors also but not a pic.


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#9
Thanks for sharing, David. thumb

My center console's chrome was still good, but the console itself needed a fresh coat of SEM, so I did basically the same thing - I didn't have the cool 'pizza cutter' you showed, though. I just put down some strips of tape and trimmed them up at the edge of the chrome. Same basic deal, but your method gives more precise strips and is less wasteful.

Bravo

Eric

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Mister 4x4;290468 Wrote:True, but by the time you're done paying for the very expensive process, you could've bought 2 sets of repops. whistling

Sounds as though he was looking to restore his originals, hence my response....
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