Customs: need help on chroming

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  1. bobinger26

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    Hey everyone...I'm working on a couple of projects, one of which I've stumbled upon a problem with. I'm trying to get a shiny chrome on some of his parts, but it always comes out to look more like a dull silver. I don't have too much money to try anything expensive though. Any ideas??? Thanks
     
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    I can suggest three things. First will be the cheaper route, but maybe fiddily. BareMetalFoil is great stuff to use. It comes in a variety of finishes from aluminum, brushed aluminum, bright aluminum, matt aluminum, chrome, gold, and copper. It's ultra, ultra thin metal with a sticky backing used by modelers to create realistic trim pieces on anything from cars to airplanes.
    This stuff is ultra thin. You'll need a lot of patients in order to get good results.

    BareMetalFoil

    Second suggestion but a little more costly is to contact this company.
    ChromeTechUSA

    Third option, is if you have an airbrush there is Alcalad Chrome where you have to use a flat-black base coat to get the desired look. I personally have no experience with this method, but I hear it works very well.
     
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    need help with chroming

    Hey everyone...I'm working on a couple of projects, one of which I've stumbled upon a problem with. I'm trying to get a shiny chrome on some of his parts, but it always comes out to look more like a dull silver. I don't have too much money to try anything expensive though. Any ideas??? Thanks
     

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    wait??? you think that's bad??? how bout you tell us how you did that and what costs :D 
     
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    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    WELL, IF YO WANT TO MATCH THAT CHROME OF THE NECK...it will be expensive. You could try Spaz stick.....it will not give you the same results, but it will be better than just silver paint.
     
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    thats the takara version of grimlock...

    cheapest way: chrome polish colours, results: good

    not sooo expensive way: revell airbrush pistol (for 1-2 uses), gloss black, alcalad 2 chrome, results: very good (but not perfect)
     
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    "Needing help" threads go in Creative General Discussion, so here we are!
     
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    garibaldiprime Banned

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    I am having a similar problem:

    I can get the chrome to look awesome but unless i protect it with some sort of clear coat (which dulls the chrome) it will just rub off on my fingers.

    What am i doing wrong and how can i protect it?

    Im using alclad over a 2k black base, protected with future (which dulls the chrome slightly).
     
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    brawl 56 Aw..crap!

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    garibaldiprime Banned

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    So the alclad clear gloss protects the chrome without dulling it?
     
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    theoretically, yes garibaldi. I've decided to just go thr route of having the parts that I want chrome chromed. Send the stuff to Chrome Tech USA, and get the real deal. not sure cheap, but not super expensive for the quality either.
     
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    If its in the USA, they will want a fortune to ship everything back to me.
    No id rather keep everything in-house. Couldnt afford a chroming service without the ridiculous shipping charges anyway.
     

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