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Old 06-15-2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default paint specialists gots me a question

for anyone who has a pretty good knowledge of paint.

i have been wanting to do a bunch of custom stuff to the car for a while paintwise.

im for sure going to do the sideskirts colormatched, but have a bunch of parts in mind, namely, grille, interior door handles, any small interior trim.

originally i was just going to color match it all, Platinum Metallic Silver, but lately i have been thinking of chrome.

now im totally serious when i ask this, but has anyone dealt with spray chrome? i know they make some pretty professional grade spray chrome, and when the material is prepped properly, it looks pretty good.

it would have been nice if the parts were metal to begin with, then i could have just had them chromed.

any ideas/suggestions?

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Old 06-15-2004, 11:34 PM   #2
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I thought you meant MS Paint by the thread title. I was like . Then I was like cause I'm a dumbass.
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:37 PM   #3
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The spray chromes need PERFECT prep. EVERY imperfection shows. Dust specs in the undercoat = do it again.

Even the very best are not very durable. They can look good at first, but fingerprints, acid rain, etc. make it look crappy real quick.
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:41 PM   #4
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any suggestions on what to do? its not like they make billet replacement parts or anything. and plastic would melt when it gets dipped

i looke at pretty much EVERY car out there and they have nice chrome accents
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:49 PM   #5
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I'd have to find my sources on this, but there are a couple places you can mail your parts. The process goes something like this:

You prep the parts as smooth as humanly possible, then wrap well padded and ship off.
  • They dip the parts in a clear lacquer that gives the ultimate smooth surface.
  • Then they vacuum bond ultra-thin aluminum leaf over the parts.
  • Optionally dipped again in clear lacquer.
This is how they make "chrome" for scale model car kits.

It is not as durable as real chrome, but it does the job.
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:51 PM   #6
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hmm but what about on something like the grille, where it gets hit with rocks and stuff? would it chip? i might just color match, but chrome looks sooooooo much nicer.

also, whats the cost?
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:53 PM   #7
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I know of some 16yo honda ricer guys that paint thier interior trim

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Old 06-15-2004, 11:56 PM   #8
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im not talking about the entire interior or anything ugly like that.

mainly im just thinking door handles. i hate the entire color matched look, im just tired of the subarus interior not being up to par.

something else thats alittle nicer could class up the car.

and i already have more CL points than everyone in this forum combined. but thanks
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