Customs: MOLOTOW LIQUID CHROME MARKERS TRIAL

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  1. artimus prime

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    I figured that I would make an "official" thread on these markers so that I won't have to post on multiple other threads.
    I bought these markers after seeing an impressive display at a hobby shop. They range from about $10-15 depending on what size marker you buy. Sizes available are 1mm, 2mm, and 4mm. I bought a 2mm and 4mm marker.
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    I must say that so far, I'm very impressed with the results of using the markers as markers.
    The first trial was done on a ROTF leader Prime. I used the 2mm marker to paint one of the air filters, visors, and a wheel. The results are below.

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    Note the mirror effect on the visor and on top of the air filter.

    I figured that I would continue the trial by painting a rubbery smokestack and some of the bigger chrome pieces.
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    I will note that I used the smaller marker on the fuel tank and the result could've been better had I used the bigger marker. I will also say that if you have an airbrush, it's probably better to pull the paint from the markers and airbrush it on the bigger parts for a true flawless finish. Finally, the paint is holding onto the rubbery smokestack.

    I was asked about the durability of the paint by @Agent 539 and others.... Well I'm only three days into the trial so that is still a wait n see but the paint did survive an unexpected play session (16 hours after I applied the paint) with my two-year old who saw a "bootiful truck" and immediately touched the one painted wheel. No smudges, fingerprints or damage to the painted wheel.
    I was asked by @Devastator21 if the markers work with already present chrome. I didn't know so I had another chance to see what these markers can do. My AOE leader Grimlock is the perfect test dummy. I painted directly on the chrome and I also painted right next to the chrome for comparison.
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    There is a noticeable difference when compared directly with the factory applied chrome. The mirror effect, while brilliant, is cloudy compared to the original chrome. Shown in the first pic below is the mirror effect of the original chrome. The second pic shows the mirror effect of the paint that I put directly onto the chrome surface.
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    I will say that no one was able to notice the different chrome until I pointed it out.

    More impressions to come as time goes on...
     

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  2. Prime135

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    How durable has it been so far?​
     
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    The chrome work looks great to me. Thank your son for testing the results. I think excessive wear would remove chrome if it's factory or self-applied. Looks like I'll be picking up a few of these markers.
     
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    So the chrome stayed on the other chrome?

    Thanks to you, imma be chroming the fuck outta everything.
     
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  5. artimus prime

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    I haven't done any transformations yet as it's only been three days since I applied the chrome. The wheel the was touched by my son is fine though...
     
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    Found at hobby lobby for 11.99. No 4mm. Only 1mm and 2mm.
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    What aisle where they in? Hobbytown USA only had the 2mm and 4mm.
     
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    In the model isle by the testors paints and paint markers.
     
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    Oh my gosh...I CAN FIX HOT ROD AND IRONHIDE!!!!!
     
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    As soon as i get home imma try it on my ironhide.
     
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  11. artimus prime

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    Thanks! If you go to the aisle that has the Prismacolor markers, you'll see that they have all three sizes there.
     
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    Wow, that's really neat! May l add another idea to your trials.

    In the past l have used Alclad II, and Chroming powders. They get best results when applied over a gloss black enamel undercoat. As a variable experiment, if you have the means try painting duplicate parts, one base coated in gloss black enamel and the other without base coat as you have been doing. I would be very interested in seeing what your results are.

    For now l am totally going to pick up a set of these markers, and may indulge in some of my own trial runs.
     
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    The real question is why haven't you pinstriped those flames on Leader Prime yet?

    Get to it man!!!!
     
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    I don't think this paint is transparent like most metallic paints are. I've used the markers on several different surfaces and there's been no difference. But the thought of it being even better over high gloss black is there.

    This is my second practice leader prime. The first one has what I'll call an evolution of my pinstriping technique. Also has freehand flamework, beginner drybrushing, and minor side view mirror mod. Sadly, I did the pinstriping back when there was a debate over what color the pinstripes actually are. I did them in white. I have a third leader that will get proper treatment and correct light blue pinstripes.
     
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    Quite sad how easy the chrome comes off on my mp37 chrome.
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    Smdh takara.
     
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    Well l would love to see your results. I have a "test" Leader Prime as well. I tried scribing the flames and then "panel lining" them in silver. The concept was sound but l felt (for me) l couldn't get consistent or smooth enough scribings to be a viable technique.

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    This is amazing! Finally a way for me to chrome my figures I can actually, like, afford and do myself.
     
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    I just played around with the pen I had bought a few months back. While the results are the best chrome finish I've seen in any kind of "paint", there's definitely a difference between it and actual chrome, as @artimus prime stated. As for durability, I've done a couple test pieces that have sat for a couple weeks now, and they're definitely more durable than anything else on the market so far, but are still more fragile than anything we would think of in terms of paint, be it either acrylic, enamel, or lacquer once it's dried. However I will say that it seems that once it's been fully cured, the reflectiveness does seem to heighten.

    The pictures I've taken here are of parts I brushed on yesterday. This definitely isn't something you want to go thin coats with. It doesn't give that shine by layering, so you really do have to just go in with it full force, like you would with the pen, itself. Once things are cured up after a few days, I'll come back with more information on my side of things. :) 

    Note that I didn't re-chrome the visor seen. This actually stated off because I wanted to chrome the other one, but it got stuck on the weak ass plastic pin joint, and when I tried to remove it, the damned thing snapped -_-....

    Anyone know why the mobile version of the site load images sideways?? o_O 
     

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    What a difference pulling this outta storage after years makes. I forgot that I tinted the windows and gave him new smokestacks. I think I'll give this leader some chrome too.

    My first practice Prime.
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    Masterpiece Nightstick? What part is that exactly?
     

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