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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:18 am 
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I'm trying to refurbish chrome alloy wheels on my wife's Nissan Figaro. A couple of them are in a real mess. peeling chrome, oxidised underneath.

Before I go and spend a bucket of cash to have them refurbished, and either,chromed, or powder coated, professionally, I thought
I'd have a go with chrome paint. Just see what it looks like.
Bought some on Amazon, from an outfit called Silver Hook.

Had a go at one of the plastic wheel centres for starters, but it just turns out like silver paint, certainly doesn't have the "appearance" of shiny chrome.

Any tips? Are there chrome paints in spray cans that actually look like shiny chrome, or is this "chrome Paint" really just silver paint, by a different name?
Any input would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:29 am 
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There is a brush on chrome paint...

https://www.stardustcolors.co.uk/chrome ... brush.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... gnGwxNrw10

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:32 am 
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Have you tried it? If so what are results like?
I would have thought that brush on wouldn't give a very good finish....maybe wrong.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:09 am 
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I would have thought that brush on wouldn't give a very good finish....maybe wrong.


You can get a very good finish using a brush, the important thing is to get the paint consistency and the solvent (type of thinners) right. It has to be thin enough so that the brush marks 'flow out' and flatten but thick enough not to run, the thinners has to evaporate at the best rate to allow that, too fast and the brush marks are fixed, too slow and the paint will run. Very good luck!

The people who used to be the masters of this were the painters at the old coach work companies who painted cars by hand. That at a time when you would buy a chassis from Rolls Royce then have the body built on to it by the likes of H J Mulliner or Park Ward (both of whom were bought but Rolls Royce and amalgamated).

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:55 am 
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I doubt if I have the painting skills, to get it right by brush. I was hoping to use some sort of paint, from
a spray can.

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I have tried chrome paint from Halfords years ago and it didn't work right.
It wasn't strong and when you try to lacquer it then it goes flat.
This was on a set of wheels.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:02 pm 
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High Andy, that stardust stuff looks good, watch the video, it looks convincing, what about vinyl wrap?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:31 pm 
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I have tried chrome paint from Halfords years ago and it didn't work right.
It wasn't strong and when you try to lacquer it then it goes flat.
This was on a set of wheels.


In the information with the stardust paint it does say that if you want to lacquer it you have to put a couple of dry coats on first otherwise it goes flat.

'To clearcoat the chrome paint, we recommend an application by spraying (spray gun, airbrush, ..) with a waterbased transparent clear topcoat (see our varnish Aquacel).
In order to varnish the chrome paint without affecting the mirror effect (by wetting the chrome film) we recommend to allow a extended drying time, as long as possible (several days) or better, to bake the chrome paint in oven at 60, 100, 150 or 200 ° C... The learcoating must always be donewith a few very hin and dry coats beforehand in order to "fix and stick" the chrome urface without wetting it. Over the Aquacel varnish, any automotive varnish can be applied'

perhaps the Halfords stuff is the same??

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:55 pm 
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I've seen a few powder coaters, wheel refurbishers and also water transfer places starting to do chrome effect finishes in the last 12 months. They look authentic, but no idea how they hold up over time.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:34 pm 
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I'm sure Plasti-kote do a metallic chrome spray paint?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:26 am 
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I've order a wee tin of Plasti-Kote chrome paint.
I'll report back what the results look like.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:04 am 
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Chrome can be replicated with powder coat (ish)
It can also be replicated with paint but it’s not cheap
The problem you will have is to remove the flaking chrome the media needed will be so coarse they will be heavily pitted ,it’s do able but budget for £100 per wheel.
Personally il find another set.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:30 pm 
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Plasti Kote? It's just silver paint, like the others I've tried.

Given up now, I've had the chrome stripped off the wheels, and will now get them powder coated.
Finding someone who could strip the chrome off was a mission. Finally found an outfit called "VIntage Chrome", in Cumbria. Near Longtown, just south of the border, near Carlisle.
Going down there tomorrow to collect them.

Andy


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:48 pm 
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Sorry to hear it was wasted time and money Andy, thanks for the heads up and I hope they turn out as you wanted them.


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There is a chrome spray paint, not seen it for a few years. (rattle can).

Not quite as shiny as the real deal, but not bad at a distance.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:48 pm 
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Andy is that wheels you spoke to coatech in Carnoustie about? I can’t find your original post

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:12 pm 
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Aye, that's right. I did see Coatech in Carnoustie, but they couldn't help me.

The chaps in Longtown did a good job. Wheels nice and clean ready for powder coating.

I'll be getting them back from Powder Coaters in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday.

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