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Old 06-09-2018, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default Spray on Chrome paint and Electroplating.

What is the difference on spraypainting the likes of bonnet motifs with chrome paint and having them chrome electroplated as per original.
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Spray on Chrome paint and Electroplating.

Paint is probably not as bright, and for sure not as durable.. Local guy will not do exterrior trim, only inside
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:19 AM   #3
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Paint will fade and wear away quickly.
Not durable, looks cheap and doesn't really look like chrome.
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Old 06-10-2018, 01:26 PM   #4
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paint will fade and wear away quickly.
Not durable, looks cheap and doesn't really look like chrome.


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Old 06-10-2018, 09:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Spray on Chrome paint and Electroplating.

There are new "chrome" paints that look very much like the real thing but they require a special application. There are pretty good "chrome" powder coatings available that may be an option for you. Should be much cheaper than chrome too.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:10 PM   #6
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All the chrome on new vehicles is electroplated over plastic. Spray chrome looks decent, like any paint it has it's issues. Prep, product. It's not real chrome.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:33 AM   #7
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“There are pretty good "chrome" powder coatings available that may be an option for you. Should be much cheaper than chrome too.”

I have a set of headers powdered coated in a matte chrome finish that have been on the engine for almost 7 years and look as good as the day they were installed. In appearance they look like polished aluminum or stainless. There is no heat related “blueing” that you see on real chrome plated headers.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:01 AM   #8
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I was just considering doing the same thing with powder coat. Has anyone tried Eastwood’s extreme chrome?
The chrome paints look nice but are $$, the powder coat is cheap in comparison.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:16 PM   #9
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Default Re: Spray on Chrome paint and Electroplating.

Here are a couple video's, one on spray can chrome paint comparisons
and the second video about a spray on chrome type solution.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL4IYoxJqu4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TDtUHo5cSE


Edit to add one more comparison test between
Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome vs. Alclad


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm9fqk2CfzY





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Old 06-14-2018, 07:42 AM   #10
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I used the Chrome Spray for front and rear bumpers of my '57 F-100. Once I had 3 or 4 coats on it I then clear coated it a couple times. It does not look like chrome, but it does clean it up nice. I knew what I was getting into though, as a friend of mine used it too. It's better than nothing, but you wouldn't want to use it if you're showing the car or truck.

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Thanks for the info provided.
Excellent
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:24 PM   #12
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You're welcome.
I must say, that I have Not tried any of these products myself, so I
don't have any personal knowledge of how well any of those products
work. I'm sure one would have to follow the directions exactly, and as
with anything, practice first on something that don't have to be perfect.

Can any FordBarners add any personal info on any of the do-it-yourself
chrome products out there ?




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Old 06-19-2018, 02:46 PM   #13
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Default Re: Spray on Chrome paint and Electroplating.

When i think 'chrome' paint, i remember those spraycans of silver paint we don't see anymore.
Silver nitrate deposition liquids appear to exist but as you've probably noticed, after a decade or 2 any protective coating have let it oxidize and crumble away.
Real chrome is better.
For what it's worth... i put chrome vinyl wrap on bumpers, nobody noticed.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:17 PM   #14
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I used spray chrome on my head light reflectors, it didn't work, I carnt see anything at night but my car passes inspection, I have to do a 2 and 1/2 hour drive tonight in the rain on empty country roads
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Good thing roads are empty. I have the advantage of driving only in summer when there’s 23 to 24 hours of daylight. Only bad thing is when I drive in a late fall night and it gets dark around 10 o’clock.
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I used spray chrome on my head light reflectors, it didn't work, I carnt see anything at night but my car passes inspection, I have to do a 2 and 1/2 hour drive tonight in the rain on empty country roads
Try white paint, I've head a lot of people said it works better.
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I used spray chrome on my head light reflectors, it didn't work, I carnt see anything at night but my car passes inspection, I have to do a 2 and 1/2 hour drive tonight in the rain on empty country roads
I have vinyl you may use.
Like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSVaTQ6Mf6o
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