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fsh2liv
post Feb 11 2018, 05:41 PM
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Wondering what you all prefer. I've tried Spaz Stix ultimate Mirror Chrome with the clear coat suggested of the same brand. Painted fog light grills (spares) and they look like "aluminum."Attached Image
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post Feb 11 2018, 06:11 PM
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Looks more satin than mirror.
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post Feb 11 2018, 10:47 PM
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I had the same parts done and wasn’t happy with the outcome. Ended up buying new one. I think I got them from a place called 914rubber......

They look right now
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post Feb 12 2018, 07:16 PM
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I watched west coast custom's over the weekend,..and they showed some parts being spayed with some type of system ( looked like powder coating). but when they were finished they looked like chrome,.I have no clue who did the spray work,..maybe they did IDK
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post Feb 13 2018, 04:20 PM
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There are some spray chrome products out there (ALSA is one I seem to remember), but most of the OTC ones (like Duplicolor, etc.) seem rather disappointing.
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post Feb 13 2018, 05:11 PM
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QUOTE(Mikey914 @ Feb 11 2018, 07:11 PM) *

Looks more satin than mirror.


I have a set of 914 rubber's grill and they look great. Price was not bad. And, no, Mikey did not bribe me. 914 Rubber is a great resource.
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The guys who did mine had samples of other plastic parts that looked great. They said the d plastic on my grills just would work right. I had sanded off all the original chrome coating myself. They made multiple attempts. Sometimes it turned yellow. Sometimes it flaked off.
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post Feb 14 2018, 12:13 AM
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The only real "chrome" look comes from silver nitrate dropped out of solution onto the part. There are several companies that do it, you can buy a kit for about $350 that kind of works. The process requires wet sanding down to about 1500, and any imperfections show. It's all in the prep work. We had thought to bring that process in house, but it's not as forgiving (needs a clean room) and it will still require a clear coat (paint booth )
and all the problems that come with it. If you're just wanting to do up a set of grills, not worth the effort to do much other than a rattle can. I haven't see a really good paint yet. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/givemebeer.gif)


If you just want some shinny stuff and don't mine some imperfections I may be able to find some seconds hanging around I could cut you a deal on.
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post Feb 14 2018, 08:57 AM
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QUOTE(fsh2liv @ Feb 11 2018, 03:41 PM) *

Wondering what you all prefer. I've tried Spaz Stix ultimate Mirror Chrome with the clear coat suggested of the same brand. Painted fog light grills (spares) and they look like "aluminum."Attached Image
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It is not 'chrome' but it looks fine to use IMO. Unless you are going concours, I don't see a problem using them. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Feb 14 2018, 09:57 AM
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I have used another brand of "chrome paint" before (dont remember which) and found that how you apply it makes a big difference. Multiple lighter coats produced the chrome color but without the gloss while a really wet coat would give it more of a shine after it dried. Surface prep makes a difference too.
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post Feb 14 2018, 10:21 AM
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The only real "chrome" look comes from silver nitrate dropped out of solution onto the part. There are several companies that do it, you can buy a kit for about $350 that kind of works. The process requires wet sanding down to about 1500, and any imperfections show. It's all in the prep work. We had thought to bring that process in house, but it's not as forgiving (needs a clean room) and it will still require a clear coat (paint booth )
and all the problems that come with it. If you're just wanting to do up a set of grills, not worth the effort to do much other than a rattle can. I haven't see a really good paint yet.
I agree.

Mirrors used to be done this way. Now they are done by Vacuum Metalizing on the back side of glass in China.

Vacuum Metalizing is the process of evaporating metals (most commonly
aluminum) inside a vacuum chamber, which then bonds to the desired substrate to achieve a uniform metalized layer. I have had cast parts done this way. Gold records are done this way and then sprayed with a orange tinted clear coating.

I did 1000 of production parts this way in the 70s not great innless you part is primo. Models are done this way.

This is also the way plastic chrome is done. Also real chrome plating can be done on PVC plastic the way radio knobs where done in the Late 60s

To much on this

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post Feb 14 2018, 10:47 AM
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QUOTE(Mikey914 @ Feb 14 2018, 12:13 AM) *

The only real "chrome" look comes from silver nitrate dropped out of solution onto the part. There are several companies that do it, you can buy a kit for about $350 that kind of works. The process requires wet sanding down to about 1500, and any imperfections show. It's all in the prep work. We had thought to bring that process in house, but it's not as forgiving (needs a clean room) and it will still require a clear coat (paint booth )
and all the problems that come with it. If you're just wanting to do up a set of grills, not worth the effort to do much other than a rattle can. I haven't see a really good paint yet. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/givemebeer.gif)


If you just want some shinny stuff and don't mine some imperfections I may be able to find some seconds hanging around I could cut you a deal on.

How are you putting the shinny Chrome on your fog light grills?
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post Feb 14 2018, 01:32 PM
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Vacuum metalizing. And yes the part has to be prepped as any imperfections show. Thats why we have a few seconds when we do production.

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post Feb 14 2018, 03:01 PM
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QUOTE(Mikey914 @ Feb 14 2018, 01:32 PM) *

Vacuum metalizing. And yes the part has to be prepped as any imperfections show. Thats why we have a few seconds when we do production.

That is what I thought you were doing. They look fantastic BTW
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post Feb 14 2018, 05:12 PM
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Vacuum metalizing. And yes the part has to be prepped as any imperfections show. Thats why we have a few seconds when we do production.

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Sorry guys on the phone here having some issues
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post Feb 16 2018, 10:32 AM
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This guy compared a bunch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL4IYoxJqu4
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post Feb 16 2018, 12:49 PM
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Looks like a good material for a daily driver.
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post Feb 16 2018, 05:12 PM
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I found this product that seems like the holy grail of chrome paints. It seems all most too good to be true but thinking of buying it to find out only thing stopping me is the price a bit on the pricey side especially if it doesn't work like promised. Has anybody tried this product?

https://youtu.be/GY0iNcApC8s
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post Feb 16 2018, 05:31 PM
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QUOTE(ahycaramba @ Feb 16 2018, 05:12 PM) *

I found this product that seems like the holy grail of chrome paints. It seems all most too good to be true but thinking of buying it to find out only thing stopping me is the price a bit on the pricey side especially if it doesn't work like promised. Has anybody tried this product?

https://youtu.be/GY0iNcApC8s

$300.00 for a 6oz can! Wow! pricey is an understatement
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