How To Make Chrome A Paintable Surface?

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  • How To Make Chrome A Paintable Surface?


Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 02:21
Wash the chrome with soap and water until it is thoroughly cleaned. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth and then wait until it is fully dry. Sand the chrome exterior using sand paper. You can start with a 60 grit sheet of sand paper and then use 320 grit sand paper to give a smoother finish. Wipe the dust off the chrome after sanding and then clean away any oil or wax that may have remained on the surface using lacquer thinner. Fill any small pores that remain on the exposed chrome using liquid metal compound until the surface is as smooth as possible. You are now ready to start the chrome painting application process. Use a small drop cloth to add 2 coats of self-etching primer over the chrome. The drop cloth is suitable for painting since it absorbs paint easily and allows for smooth painting. Once the 2 coats of self-etching primer have dried, they will make the surface sticky and increase the adhesion between the metal and paint. Apply the automotive primer over the self-etching primer. You should apply at least 2 to 3 coats and wait for each coat to dry before applying the new coat. Continue to use a drop cloth to apply your chosen automotive paint. Use small amounts of paint at a time so the paint is applied evenly without getting too runny. Allow the paint to dry completely. Give the chrome a polished appearance by applying 3 coats of automotive clear-coat paint. The clear-coat finish will also protect the chrome against rust and dust. Wait for approximately 2-3 days until the automotive clear-coat paint has dried. You can then buff the chrome exterior using a buffing cloth and buffing compound to give it a glossy shine. Good luck with your car and have really good pictures for F/B.
Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 03:19
Easier to etch the surface than to try to remove the chrome. If you do that you can paint over the surface with no problems.
Answer #3 | 20/12 2013 03:27
Prep and paint with gloss poly.
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 02:14
Chrome is a very smooth finish that doesn't give paint much to hold on to. So, look for a powder coater - That will probably give you the best & toughest 'painted' finish. Next is a two-part epoxy paint, but that stuff is very expensive & hard to work with. That would have to be sprayed by a pro.

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