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which paint is closest to a chrome finish ?
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:03:42 PM »
i think we've been here before . i have a monkey metal , mazac is it ? ,front grill on the Gordon repaired with filler so cannot be chromed . what finish would be best ? thanks
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Re: which paint is closest to a chrome finish ?
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012, 10:16:44 PM »
It is possible to get it vacuum plated so that it looks like chrome.

The process involves getting the piece as smooth and polished as possible.
Lacquer coat
Aluminium vapour deposited in a vacuum chamber
Hard lacquer coat to finish.

There is a chrome spraying process (looks like chrome) but I think it looks a bit cheap and nasty.  OK for unobtainable items that have been repaired with filler and cant be chrome plated - like yours.

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Re: which paint is closest to a chrome finish ?
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 10:18:46 PM »
never heard of the former - interesting - but sure to be far too expensive . a name for the latter ?
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Re: which paint is closest to a chrome finish ?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 10:33:04 PM »
Vac plating in Kent

http://www.invictavac.com/metallising/index.html

I will try to find out the name of the chome spray.  A local body shop (and moped restorer) was going to invest in the gear to do it.  I saw some samples and could understand some uses but the quality was not as good as real chrome.
Could be this:-

http://www.sprayonchrome.com/equipment.html


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Re: which paint is closest to a chrome finish ?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012, 10:39:17 PM »
thanks will look into it  :)
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