Chrome paint is the first product that imitates the closest chrome plating: the preparation is ultra-liquid and of a silver colour, created by evaporation. The imitation is surprising, a silvery plating of only a few microns thick that reflects like a mirror.
We manufacture a paint that is non-toxic, and cost effective thanks to its high concentration.
INSTRUCTIONS OF USE
As long as you follow carefully the instructions and that you are familiar with spraygun painting, you will succeed in applying this perticular product. It requires a simple spraygun (conventional and low pressure ones, airbrushes - select small nozzle size)
The application is done in 3 coats
1. black paint + varnish
2. Chrome paint
The use of ceramic varnish ST8900X both as BASE coat and TOP coat has important advantages, in addition to resistance: This varnish provides high gloss and accelerated hardening. In addition, it allows the creation of a hard-to-core bottom very quickly, which is necessary to achieve the mirror effect. Conventional PU varnishes and lacquers have a core hardening 4 to 5 times slower.
To achieve the effect, step 1 should be as bright and as hard as possible.
Step 2, chrome plating, is easy : just apply a few thin coats.
Step 3 is varnishing for protection : it must be done with great care so as not to soak the chrome coat and keep the chrome effect intact.
Can be applied over any type of support: (Wood, Metal, Plastc..) prepared and necessarily covered with a primer.
Properly applied, the chrome effect is at its best when non topcoated.
For this reason, we recommend to apply clearcoat only when it's necessary. Indeed, when the chrome is topcoated, it will become dull, by the action of solvents. A skilfull and patient painter will achieve without difficulty a beautiful topcoated chrome effect. To clear without following the instructions will remove the chrome finish.
Without clearcoat: the paint is sensitive to scratches and friction
Topcoated, it becomes resistant to abrasion, liquids and chemical products like any automotive car body. NOTE : Given that chrome paint is applied over a background that has not been sanded, it’s not guaranteed against any peeling due to tearing or due to an important shock.
Chrome paint manufactured by StardustColors doesn't yellow and tarnish. It resists to prolonged exposure to temperatures as high as 250°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.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.
4-steps process to follow : black basecoat, Clearcoat, Chrome Paint, Clearcoat
The same ST8900X varnish is used as a base and as a varnish.
1. Apply the undercoat:
The "undercoat" is a black, glossy and hard background, which is achieved with a black paint and a varnish :
Apply the black basecoat (ready-to-use, pre-diluted paint) with 2 or 3 thin coats.
After 20 minutes drying time, apply 8900X varnish (mix with hardener 1:1 i.e. 100 parts varnish + 100 parts hardener). Do not dilute.
Apply 1 shiny coat.
Leave to dry between 1/2 day and 10 days. The results obtained with a long drying time are a more refined mirror effect, thanks to the hardening of the undercoat. You get 75% of the hardening in half a day.
2. Shake well the chrome before use (the product is ready for use). Set up a medium pressure and spray successive very thin passes (around 5). It's important to have very thin coats (press slightly on the trigger) and never apply thick coats. Allow to dry a few seconds between each pass and watch the chrome’s formation during the evaporation that happens in a few seconds. Let dry at room temperature for at least 48h. The more you let dry, (up to 14 days), the harder and the more resistant becomes the chrome, which will allow an easier topcoating, if needed. Baking possible.
3. Topcoating is not necessary and intended for parts that are subject to abrasion and outdoors conditions such as rain. For pieces that stay indoors and that are not subject to repeated contacts and friction, we don't recommend to clear them: without the clearcoat, you will achieve a maximum chrome aspect.
Instructions: Apply our topcoat varnish 8900X (mixture with hardener 1:1 i.e. 100 parts varnish + 100 parts hardener). Do not dilute: Begin by 4 passes extremely dry, allowing 1 to 2 minutes between each depending of the temperature. And only after apply normally the topcoat. The final result will depend of the thinness of the passes, but as well of the skill and patience of the painter.
TheChromeeffectqualitydependsallontheglossandhardnessofthebasecoat: the dryeristhebasecoat,thebetterthechromeeffectwillbe.
Toachievethebestchromeeffect, werecommendanextendedbasecoatdryingtime: Thebasecoatcandryfrom2 to 14daysatroomTemperature(20°C) anditcanbecuredwithoventoacceleratetheprocess, forexemple60°C : 24h or up to 180°C / 30minutes