Choosing chrome paint is cost effective (covers 5 sqm per Litre), practical, non-toxic and it produces a splendid chrome finish that imitates the closest the look of chrome plating
Apply only with a spraygun or with an airbrush only (small nozzle size). Chrome paint has the advantage to require no special equipment, a simple spraygun and an air compressor are enough. Anyone can successfully use chrome paint, on condition of respecting closely the instructions, as this paint has to be applied over in a specific manner. A few tests are needed to understand and to master some principles. Thus we recommend to read the informations given on the products’ pages and the PDF documents, and to make some tests first. Our team is at your disposal for any further help or technical advice.
It’s the most delicate and most important condition for Chrome painting: a black paint must be applied over, glossy and lacquered and as hard as possible. For this you can use our polyurethane black lacquer with hardener. (Any glass-like sheen surface can be used, a black background cleared with automotive topcoat, or any kind of black support, hard and glossy like for example plastic…) Note : the quality of the chrome finish will depend of its glossiness, its dry time and the hardness of the basecoat. A long drying will allow a complete hardening and the evaporation of all solvents. Find the 2k hi-gloss basecoat in spraycan or can here (choose VOC or NATO - both show egual in performances) The longer is the drying time, the better will be the chrome effect. (from 2 to 14 days) For thos who can't wait so long, we recommend Oven drying , up to 150°C.
Important Tip: To help promote adhesion with the glossy black background, a rapid flame treatment can be performed (passing briefly the gas flame 1 or 2 times) just prior to the application of the chrome paint. Similarly, to facilitate chrome topcoating without losing the mirror-like effect, a brief flame treatment can be carried out on chrome painting before applying the clearcoat.
Optional and to determine according to use. Any type of topcoat is fine. Precautions to be taken with solvent-based clearcoats. Topcoating is not mandatory and intended only for pieces that are subject to abrasion and to outdoors conditions such as rain. For objects meant indoors, non subject to repeated friction and contacts, we don’t recommend to topcoat: without clear-coat, the chrome aspect is at its best.
Cars, bikes, rims, headlights, design, sculpture, pipes... Different material types can be painted : metal, aluminium, plastics, wood, polycarbonate, as long as the material has been prepared prior to applying the basecoat.
Solvent- based paint ready to use.
In all cases: Good resistance to high temperature and UV. No yellowing of the paint.
Without topcoat: You will achieve a 100% chrome effect, no peeling, but sensitivity to abrasion. Recommended for suspended objects/sculptures or kept in closed places
With topcoat: The mirror-like effect will be a bit dull. Perfect resistance to bad weather conditions, heat, UV, abrasion. Not guaranteed to adhere: avoid shocks with sharp objects, or removal of stickers
INDUSTRIAL VERSION : StardustColors proposes an industrial chrome paint system, that provides excellent adhesion and accelerated implementation through baking. There are countless application possibilities: Equipment, mobile, bottles, decoration, etc. Find out more about the system here
Chrome can display gorgeous "candy" colours. It's easily obtained by adding our Candy inks in the clearcoat (see our section Candy concentrate or topcoats
SPECIFICATION SHEET AND INSTRUCTIONS:
TOOLS: HVLP or conventional spraygun, airbrush (nozzle 0.5 to 1.0 mm)
COVERAGE:1L / >5 sqm
UNDERCOAT: Glossy black paint (Polyurethane, direct shiny surface or black topcoated). Let dry (even if a baking is done) at room temperature for a minimum of 96h (10 to 14 days for more beautiful results). Do not sand or use a degreaser. Simply dust with a dry and soft cloth.
CHROME PAINT: Shake well before use. Spray very thin passes with a spraygun with small nozzle size (0.5~1.0mm) and a low pressure (2 bars), reducing the paint flow at the maximum (press slightly on the trigger) and by letting the air escape, until you reach maximum chrome effect. Allow a few seconds between each pass to let dry, and observe the formation of the chrome during evaporation. Make the coats not too thick. Between each dry pass, the surface can be polished with a piece of cotton to remove any dust or ‘flecks ».
Chrome paint dries immediately, but it's advised to let stand to dry for at least 24h at ambient temperature. The longer it dries (up to 14 days), the more the chrome becomes harder and more resistant, which will allow an easier topcoating if you choose to clear.
The Chrome effect quality depends all on the gloss and hardness of the basecoat: the dryer is the basecoat, the better the chrome effect will be.
To achieve the best chrome effect, we recommend an extended basecoat drying time: The basecoat can dry from 2 to 14 days at room Temperature (20°C) and it can be cured with oven to accelerate the process, for exemple 60°C : 24h or up to 180°C / 30minutes
Topcoating requires a special technique: Spray 4 thin coats of our clearcoat HS 830 or of any type of topcoat that has been thinned, allow 1 to 2 minutes between each pass. Only after, clear normally. <the thinner the coats are, the skilfull and patient the painter is, the better the results. The topcoat step is the critical step, as any liquid product apply over the chrome layer can modify the position of the micro chrome particules and destroy the moirror effect. one can keep 80% of the initial mirror effect or lose everything. So it is important to follow carefully the instructions above. Also : - About the chrome paint : the dryier the better : cook it (up to 150°C) or leave it dry fully for days.
The following technique is excellent for topcoating the "chrome effect" paint with any type of clearcoat, without damaging the appearance, and to limit any "mirror effect" loss, which is due to solvents or the presence of water in the topcoat:
The chrome paint surface must be dry before it is heated very briefly with a gas flame. Some quick and brief passes just before clearcoating give very good result.
This same gas flame technique can be used just before the application of chrome paint: Indeed, once the glossy black paint (which serves as background/undercoat) is applied, this surface can be heated, for a very brief period and a few seconds before applying chrome.
Thus, the chrome paint adhesion is enhanced over the glossy black paint.
MIRROR EFFECT :
When sprayed over the inside of a hard, transparent and shiny surface, the chrome paint creates a mirror finish when viewed from the outside (glass, acrylic, polycarbonate, lexan)