Customs: Restoring Chrome.

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  1. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

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    Hello,

    I need to restore the smoke stacks on my G1 Prime. Is there a specific shade of chrome paint that would work best? Thanx.
     
  2. PsyckoSama

    PsyckoSama Profressional Asshole

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    Chrome paint is not shiney
     
  3. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Unfortunately, you can't really get an exact "chrome" match if you repaint G1 Prime's smokestacks. You'll get a silvery sheen if you use most laquer or acrylic silver paints, but you won't get that reflective shine.

    You could search the 'net for bare metal foil and see if there's a website or brick-and-mortar hobby shop nearby that supplies the foil. It's a nice chrome substitute. After a little bit of practice, you should be able to wrap the smokestacks with the foil and get it to apply as close as the original chrome.
     
  4. Black Omen

    Black Omen Well-Known Member

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    Try WD-40. It shined up the crome on my G-1 Mirage.
     
  5. manyoufactsure

    manyoufactsure Maximal TFW2005 Supporter

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    Just don't get any WD-40 on your stickers. It will take them off real fast.
     
  6. Black Omen

    Black Omen Well-Known Member

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    I know. I did use WD-40 to take them off so I could apply my reprolables on him.
     
  7. Fit For natalie

    Fit For natalie tfwiki nerd

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    There's a Gundam Marker called Gundam Marker - GUGM100 Plated Silver (or something like that) that you might want to investigate. I've never used it so I'm not sure how close it is to vaccume-metalised plastic.
     
  8. Xaxis

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    An employee at my local hobby shop was telling me about a paint that you put over a coat of gloss black that does a pretty good job of creating a chrome finish. I haven't used it, and he only had one sample that he'd used it on in the store. Might be something to ask about if you have a hobby shop nearby.
     
  9. mihovilovicm

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    Try using Testors chrome spray (if I remember well it's the #1290 color). It's not exactly like electrostatic or mirror chrome but it's the best I have tested and it's far superior to silver chrome or other metallic paints.
     
  10. fschuler

    fschuler Member TFW2005 Supporter

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    In southern Ohio, we call that "Kentucky Chrome" :lol 

    Seriously, though, you may also want to try the "Aluminum" paint made by Rust Oleum...pretty shiny when all is said and done, but still not as mirror-like as the original chrome.

    Short of having the part re-chromed, Ops_was_a_truck's "foil" recommendation will probably get you the closest result to actual chrome.
     
  11. agesthreeandup

    agesthreeandup Energon Supplier

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    or you could just buy a set of chrome G1 stacks from me and save yourself all the trouble.

    Other than that, bare metal foil will look good if done well. Paint will never work right. It just does not have the same look to it.

    Spencer
     
  12. Rod

    Rod No Silly Robot User Name

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    Now there's a shameless plug, if I ever saw one :wink:  :lol 

    Seriously though, the chrome stacks at agesthreeandup are awesome , i got a set a while back... check them out:

    http://www.agesthreeandup.com/main.jsp?p2=shopping/product.jsp&product_id=552
     
  13. Greyryder

    Greyryder Kitbashed

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    Strip the remaining chrome off them, and paint them with a metallizing lacquer. Allclad II is about the best kind you can get. I really does look like chrome.
     
  14. doom saber

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    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

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    Has anybody tried the chrometechusa site above?
     
  16. TwoKingMick

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    You know, we really should make a serious group effort to come up with a solution to this problem. There are very few issues that come up on the kitbashing section that bring up so many diverse options and opinions. It would be marvelous to have a good resource with comparison photos and what not showing the various methods and results.
    When you think about it restoring chrome is the biggest standing problem in restoring vintage bots.
    Anybody feel up to making a collective effort to collect and document the processes?
     
  17. Tenebrouser

    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

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    I'm going to e-mail one of the places above and look into rechroming some G1 parts I have. It shouldn't be too expensive.
     
  18. TwoKingMick

    TwoKingMick Mick

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    Chrometechusa looks good. Would you be interested in letting everyone know how the process goes? I'd be more than willing to take apart a load of old chrome pieces and have them come back a few days later sparkly and new. If it goes well for you than I'll give them a mail and ask about international customers.
     
  19. Tenebrouser

    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

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    I emailed them, asking if it were possible to rechrome the side leg pieces for my G1 Skorponok. I'll post any reply I get. If yes, I'll definitely try it.
     
  20. Tenebrouser

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    OK.

    The Chrometechusa site responded very quickly and requested pictures of what I wanted rechromed. So that's a good sign.

    If they can do it, I'm going to go ahead and get my skorp leg panels redone.
     

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