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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Metallic Spray Paints

Got some chrome pieces I'm going to strip because of the point where they are attached to the sprue and I don't like the idea of using silver from a bottle for touch up.
So My question is, is there a metallic spray that comes very close to a chrome finish?? Also images would help.
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It's not a spray or even a jar, but I find Pilot 'Super Color' Silver paint pens work great. Beyond that you could maybe try Duplicolor Chrome spray paint, it's sold as a base coat for some of their paints. It's not as bright as the Pilot pens though.
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Try the Molotow chrome paint pens molotow liquid chrome pens and spray paints
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Try the Molotow chrome paint pens molotow liquid chrome pens and spray paints
Where can one find these pens, Home Depot, Hobbytown, Lowes???
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Spaztyx (I think thats how you spell it) spray can Chrome from Hobbytown (in the RC Car paint section) is really good. They have one for Lexan and one for regular model plastic. Get the right one.

Alclad has a spray on chrome too. They say it is for Lexan, but it works on on model parts too. Just paint them black first like you would with regular Alclad... It's fairly expensive.

I've used some of the Krylon and Rustoleum type Chromes and they look great until you handle the part and find out the stuff never really dries. No matter how you shake it, apply it, how long you wait, it alwasy rubs off and turns dull grey from handling. Testors Chrome spray is the same. It looks awesome until you touch it... 9 months later even.

Tamiya Silver Leaf spray is actually pretty bright and, being a lacquer, dries rock hard very quickly. At least you can handle it, tape over it and paint over it.
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Krylon does have at least 3 different chrome spray paints one of which the label says something about glass.
Also does the Alcad have to have a black undercoat?? How will it turn out with say a grey undercoat or no undercoat??
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A glossy black undercoat has worked better than none for me in the past. I don't know about grey primer with metallics, except on actual cars.

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I've used some of the Krylon and Rustoleum type Chromes and they look great until you handle the part and find out the stuff never really dries. No matter how you shake it, apply it, how long you wait, it alwasy rubs off and turns dull grey from handling. Testors Chrome spray is the same. It looks awesome until you touch it... 9 months later even.
Really?
I've got a can of Krylon chrome that has worked great for me over the years.
Just don't hit it with dulcote (it turns a splotchy gray with silver streaks)
Then again, I've had this can for for 12-15 years now (don't do a lot of chrome)
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Took a walk over to Blicks art supplies and asked about chrome spray, was told they had the paint pens but they didn't look chrome to me so I went back to the locker they got for spray paints and after talking to an employee I bought a can of the Montana Gold chrome silver, it aint chrome but it is silver even though the top of the can is chromed, ugh!!!! So later this week I'm going to get my money back and head for the local Hobbytown this weekend.
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There is a lot of mis-information about undercoating Alclad....

For most of the colors, you do not necessarily have to use an undercoat, although a good, smooth one doesn't hurt. The stuff is a lacquer and can craze bare plastic, even when applied with an airbrush. And, an undercoat will help if applied over putty, etc. It should be smooth but does not have to be a particular color. Tamiya's Extra Fine spray primer works well.

For the high polished/bright shades like Chrome and Polished Aluminum, you should use a gloss primer. Black does work, but it doesn't have to be black. You can also influence the final color a bit by using Red, Blue, etc. as a base. Alclad makes their own primer which I have had mixed results with (the stuff has a habit of never drying). But, Tamiya's spray lacquers are great either right from the can, or decanted and airbrushed. Tamiya gloss black acrylic is also a good base. You can use enamels but they should be fully cured before applying the light mist coats of Alclad lacquer on top, and the end result may be a bit duller than using a more durable base.

Alclad also makes a number of non metallic paints so you obviously don't need to follow the same base coating instructions. They offer stuff like "armored glass tint" that you apply straight to your kit's regular clear plastic parts. And the candy car body colors go over a metallic base coat of your choice like gold, silver copper, etc.
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