Anyon tried chrome-plating plastic??
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Anyon tried chrome-plating plastic??

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Hi there,

I was curious about how to achieve a SHINY metallic look on a plastic surface.
I'm talking about really shiny and smooth, either gold or silver, finish on plastic. (Like mirror-smooth...)

Some research on the internet told me that there are companies that offer this service,
usually under the name of chrome-plating, and there are also kits available for this purpose-- but they are expensive!
Usually around $2000.

For the experienced customizers out there, if you wanted a shiny metallic finish, how do you go about achieving that effect???

Aquila08

Posted by Aquila08
on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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Aquila08 -
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Just an update,


So I talked to a tech support guy at Alsa Corp, the seller of Killer Chrome spray.
He said that if I want a shiny gold finish, I can use the Killer Chrome spray kit (do jet black coat, then chrome coat, then clear topcoat) to make the surface shiny silver, then add a candy yellow clear coat to make the surface look gold. Basically the same idea that Jin explains in the painting tutorial.

Fun stuff. I will try this sometime, when I can save up enough money to buy the Killer Chrome set....
Aquila08 -
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Thanks for the posts, guys!

Jin, I will take a look at the stuff you mentioned.

Cowboyink-- yeah, it looks like there are companies that offer this type of service, but you are right-- probably not worth the cost for what I'm interested in.
cowboyink -
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I work in the Motorcycle industy and there are some companies who chrome plastic, but I don't think it'd be worth the money to get something done in the scale you want but if still interested go to
Jin Saotome -
Thursday, February 28, 2008
For hard plastic it's easy. Grab some of Alsa Corp's 'Killer Chrome' and you can make it look like a mirror. Just needs a high gloss black base to work. On soft plastics, no idea, nothing I've found can chrome pvc.
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