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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby ballymad » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:12 pm

I've tried chrome sprays but most are purely decorative. The last one I tried, Halford's Chrome was a nice finish but smudged, so I rubbed it down, gave it two coats, then, disregarding instructions, sprayed it with a lacquer, only to watch the lacquer and paint run down the said article.
So back to the internet and found this "Supa Chrome" spray can from http://www.newfantachrome.com
Only thing, could not find a stockist or a price. Anybody seen it? or used it?
Looks quite good.




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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby treefrog » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:43 pm

pennymachines wrote:Gateros Plating looks like a promising UK source for all sorts of home plating and metal finishing products. As well as brass, bronze, copper, nickel and zinc, they sell a "Replica Chrome" plating kit, which, judging by the pictures, looks pretty effective, and requires less hazardous substances:

I'm tempted to give this a go. Anyone tried it already?
Did anyone try this in the end, before I place an order?

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby coppinpr » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:18 am

ballymad wrote:I've tried chrome sprays but most are purely decorative. The last one I tried, Halford's Chrome was a nice finish but smudged, so I rubbed it down, gave it two coats, then, disregarding instructions, sprayed it with a lacquer, only to watch the lacquer and paint run down the said article.
So back to the internet and found this "Supa Chrome" spray can from http://www.newfantachrome.com
Only thing, could not find a stockist or a price. Anybody seen it? or used it?
Looks quite good
I've looked into this product and actually asked them about becoming a UK agent but no reply. There is no doubt this works, (if you can do a whole speedboat or car, then there must be something in it). Problem is, I don't know how good the spray cans are, the real results come from using their spray gun system. It's interesting the technique the operator uses. I've watched several videos and several coats are applied in one session with no break and there appears to be no run marks, because the liquid is water-based and very thin. The operator then polishes the finished item to a shine. They SAY it even feels like the real thing. I wonder though, if the propellant used in a spray can would thicken it up so much it caused runs. There is no doubt it would work on slot machines as an alternative to re-chroming if the price was cheap enough to make it an option.

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby coppinpr » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:19 am

Here is a good video of the product:
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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby jimmycowman » Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:05 pm

I would try it!! !!THUMBSX2!! Keep on their case !!CHEERS!!

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby toibs » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:29 pm

Not sure if you'd WANT to go this route. Whilst I did see the website, I got a reply....
Dear Paul,
Click on following link to see aerosol application tutorial:
and let me know if you like it. It’s the most shining available on the market and really close to real chrome!

To get a good result you need to apply the chrome on a glossy surface (apply a glossy paint if it is not glossy). After the chrome, if you need, you can apply a commercial clear coat to protect it.

Each can costs 40 € (400 ml) and the minimum aerosol can pack is 24 cans. Plus shipping cost.
40 Euros per 400Ml tin, Minimum 24 tins.... Then clear coated... It's cheaper to have the stuff Chromed!!!

Oh and they said that..
First of all I wish to thank you for your interest in our products, we’ll have a distributor in UK but he’s working to set up the shop and not yet ready. He’ll need at least one month to be ready to operate. Meanwhile, there are no problems buying the products directly from us!
(Probably still struggling to get the financing to buy stock!)

This was back in January this year...

Paul.

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby pennymachines » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:28 pm

Tree-Frog was asking if anyone had tried the Gateros Plating Replica Chrome product, which is an electrolytic process, and therefore, in my opinion, more likely to offer a closer substitute for real chrome. I've not tried it yet, but probably will. The basic kit with "enough solution to plate up to 15,000 sq cm" is £39.50.

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby treefrog » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:57 pm

Yes you're right PM, I was talking about this product.

I noticed the seller is also selling most of the items on ebay, but at a higher prices. I am tempted by the brush on process for small parts and may buy a kit to see. They also do a de-chroming product where you leave in a solution bath and it apparently removes all Chrome and rust particles, again through the power source. If this works I may upgrade to the full system for things like bandit handles etc. This could save a lot of time and hassle if true to its word.

I will let you know if no-one else knows already before placing the order....

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby markymark » Mon May 14, 2012 6:24 pm

The story continues.... seems we all want chrome!!!!
Just wanted to let you know I've just purchased the can of Liquid Chrome Aerosol (£20) spray after watching the youtube promotional video, here:
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However.. things are never as they seem... the video looks great, but the huge list of instructions that are supplied with the can of spray means it's not that easy! You need to smooth primer the item... wet/dry fine rub down.. then spray gloss black as a basecoat, this must be extremely high gloss finish as this has a major effect on the outcome!!!! This needs flattening and wet/dry rub down, then it recommends covering with a Clear Base Coat, this should be UHS or Polyurethane clears, and NOT the Clear Laquer you buy in cans!!! Oh by the way, at each stage the company mention throughout the instructions that unless all these things are performed to a very high standard, the chrome effect will not be as good and may end up more silver!!! (a case of lets cover our backsides in case the customer wants a refund if its not shiny!!!!). 24 hours are to be left between coats, and recommend a week before applying the final chrome spray!!!
The chrome spray MUST be applied in a warm dust free environment, at least 23C (which they then say "failure to maintain this temp during spraying and drying will have a serious detrimental effect to the final chrome finish!").
Then when fully dry, polish lightly with cloth. If the item is for out door or will be handled another clear coat spray, 2-3 coats for longer lasting.

Are you all still with me, or drifted off....

So, if like me, you thought this was a simple spray can job like any others we do.. think again! :HaHa:

However, I'm going to film me doing the whole process so you can make your mind up as to whether it really is as good as chrome!

Keep watching!!!! Will film and post as soon as we get some decent weather!!!

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Re: Re-Chrome

Postby raj » Mon May 14, 2012 9:10 pm

Well done for trying, I have tried many different 'chrome' effects, and none come close to the real deal. If you have a local plater/polisher, they will dechrome for you for next to nothing (they keep the recovered chrome) and leave you with clean metal to work with.

A 1/4 hp minimum bench grinder (600w is not powerful enough) will produce excellent results if you put on polishing wheels, esp on steel handles or small items. Use a rotary sanding machine or similar and 240 grit as a start is usually enough to get the grot off, finish on 400 and then use the polisher, finish with Autosolve and a coat of Cellulose laquer to stop rust. Flat metal is much harder to polish , as every swirl seems to catch the eye, even up to 800 grit and then a polishing wheel. I'm sure someone will tell me the best way to get a really good mirror finish.

I always leave ali castings to the pro's to polish (I've given up on chrome plating, it just isn't worth the expence on Ali). You need to remember that chrome plate is porous and damp will find a way in, so pot ali will start to flake sooner or later, which is why most castings have the dreaded white crust. Good car wax will help keep the finish as long as possible. I've found Autosolve too course for polished Ali, silver polish is much finer and should not spoil the finish. !!THUMBSX2!!


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