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Hi guys,

Any suggestions on paint(s) to use to simulate the look of Mag wheels??
I have wheel rims that are not vac plated and I want to paint them to look like mag wheels, like on a 2002 Porsche Carrera.

Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

Alien (The SciFi modeler that doesn't build many cars.)
 

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Thanks chaps,

Chrome paint is going to be a bit too shiny but I do love those Molotow pens.

I reckon I will give the Tamiya silver, or even titanium silver, a try. I have some in my paint collection so it will be worth loading up the airbrush for a bit of a squirt.

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I ended up using Tamiya titanium silver. It produced a pretty good alloy look.

I have previously used the Tamiya Chrome silver, as well as Humbrol Chrome silver, but these are a bit too shiny for my purposes. They are not in the Alclad or Molotow level of chrome but get pretty close if you do a good airbrushing job.
 

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Lately YouTuber HPI Guy has been liking Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish Chrome for chrome parts like wheels. It looks good in the videos. I picked up a can the other day, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.
 

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But then depending on how accurate one wants to have them you'll need to paint the lug nuts. The way I did it recently was I trimmed of the end of a round tooth pick and dipped it in some Tamyia chrome silver and touched it on the lug nuts for all 4 wheels, and if you do this be very careful or you could end up with paint any place but the lug nuts!!
 

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Most newer cars today don't actually have chrome wheels, though kits often have them in chrome. A really easy, fast and inexpensive way to make them look authentic is simply use Testor's Dullcote on them, spray or brush.

It's the same with making wheels (and bumpers) on older models that are molded in chrome look more authentic. Brushing it on from the bottle is better in my opinion because that stuff when sprayed is terribly smelly and toxic. Just use a tiny bit of Dullcote though.

I recently did that on a '77 Camaro model, front and rear bumpers, and it looked exactly like the real thing.
 
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