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Chrome Plated Models
tmeyer
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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 03, 2008
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Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 12:42 PM UTC
Hi,

Just wondering, since when you cut the parts off the sprues or sand parts, you take off some of the chrome, what do you do to restore the chrome? Or do you just spray the model with aluminum or some other silver paint?

Thanks in advance!

Tom
retiredyank
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Arkansas, United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 02:29 AM UTC
Silver, aluminum, or any other hobby paints will not create the desired chrome effect. I suggest using a spray can. Krylon makes a chrome spray as do several other manufacturers. Anything else would require you to change the chemical composition of your model to a metal infusion. You would then have to apply a copper layer, followed by nickel, and then chrome. This would also involve buffing the chrome.
Sabot
Joined: December 18, 2001
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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 08:32 AM UTC
There are also some chrome silver paint pens that can help with small spot repairs.
Tomcat31
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 09:43 PM UTC
I normally paint strip the chrome in bleach while it's on the sprue and then assemble the parts and repaint them using Alclad II's Chrome over a gloss black enamel.

Here's my example of the Alclad Chrome on a bike I built last year.

tmeyer
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Saturday, November 06, 2010 - 11:16 AM UTC
Thanks so much for all the replies! Tomcat31, I hope camogirl is recovering well or (even better!) recovered!
tmeyer
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 11:56 AM UTC
Sorry, Tomcat31, forgot to say, WOW-nice motorcycle!!