Minor/Repaint: Chroming up RotF Prime

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  1. Heat Guy

    Heat Guy Well-Known Member

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    Love this mold and love the truck. So had some spare chrome paint and started playing around with this guy.
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  2. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    looks good, Im gonna try to disassemble mine and get the chrome parts vacuum metalized.
     
  3. MacrossFA19

    MacrossFA19 That son of a bitch!!!

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    Is that the Alclad?

    Looks like there are a few spots that the chrome didn't take to.
    Other than that, looks pretty nice. Are you gonna chrome him all out or just the maetallic areas?

    Mac
     
  4. Heat Guy

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    It's Duplicolor Chrome. I'm just messing around with it right now. But give's it a nice shine. And not sure. Just going for truck mode right now.
     
  5. Ra88

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    How expensive is chrome paint, or whatever it is?
     
  6. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    ALCLAD IS THE BEST AND CHEAPEST. It is the same exact stuff as ALSA chrome, but 1/10 the price.
     
  7. Heat Guy

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    I think it was like $8 bucks for like 11oz.
     
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    Alsa chrome goes on wet and actually drip-dries and looks like vac metalized chrome...or am i thinking of something else?
     
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    Looks good man, I just finished chroming mine with Alsa, figured I'd give it a try...and fuck, this is the figure to debut with it for sure.
     
  10. Heat Guy

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    Cant wait to see what you got going on with this mold.
     
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    Thanks man, quite excited about it actually, been on and off it since Sunday. There are so many steps to this figure, not like anything else I've done. it's Mask, paint, mask, paint, mask, paint....I haven't even started the details yet. Truck mode's almost complete, few more coats of testor's gloss and it's time to break him open for robot details.
     
  12. Heat Guy

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    Nice, just took a look at that Asla Chrome. Might have to order some of that and pick up another Prime.
     
  13. kuzushi

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    does duplicolor chome hold up well to handling? I don't have much experience, but when I've used it, it rubbed off like mad. couldn't clear coat it either - turned gray if i did.
     
  14. Andrew28b

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    on the tool box looking thing it looks like the chrome bubbled. happens alot with spray paint.
     
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    Awesome work and cool product too, I'll definitely try to pick some of this stuff up =)
     
  16. Drpee

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    Thats probably because you didnt base it up properly. Chrome can be tricky to work with. I know with Alclad you MUST use a glossy black enamel basecoat and apply the chrome within an hour so that it can bond with the enamel and then let it dry and it wont rub off,. no need to clear it either (which you cant do with chrome paint because some clears will eat the chrome away)
     
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    I like it.
     
  18. clankratchet

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    can somebody make some sort of guide on how to use chrome? i have painted model cars and other stuff before, but ive never used chrome
     
  19. Drpee

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    Its pretty easy mate.

    What you need to do is prep your surface that you want chromed so its free of oils and dust. Then spray on a glossy black base, it has to be as smooth as glass and flawless or else the chrome wont come out right so take your time as this is the most important step. Then you have to apply the chrome with an airbrush and just lightly dust it on from about 2 or 3 inches away. DO NOT build it up or put it on too quickly. Take your time and add about 4 or 5 light dust coats until you get the finish you want. If done right you should have a mirror-like finish. Let it cure for a few days and then spray some future floor polish over it to protect it as alclad chrome lacquers are very delicate. I havnt found a way to get past this step yet. Apparently you dont need to add any protective clear over it but in my experiance you do cos it can just rub off. So spray some future floor polish all over your chrome (do not use any other sort of clear laquer as it will eat the chrome!), again adding very light coats until you get a super-glossy shine. This'll protect the chrome forever as its really tough stuff. (i mean its designed to have people walk all over it so its gotta be lol) Thats it really.
     
  20. Sabrina_Ng

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    WOw! Anyone who pulls off chrome on well earns my instant respect. It's never easy! Well done there!!!
     

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