Process: The Colored Chrome effect Kit uses a new process that allows to imitate very closely a chrome and gold surface, without toxic products and equipments.
The pictures and video available on this product page can attest of the quality of the results.
Tool: This paint is necessarily applied with a spray gun (of any type)
Support: The paint can be applied over all type of material, as long as this later is smooth and has been previously prepared.
Resistance: Perfect resistance to abrasion, chemical products, bad weather conditions and UV.
Offer: All the clear coats, paints, hardeners and thinners that are necessary for obtaining the GOLD effect are included in the different kits.
The mirror gold effect is achieved in 3 stages: See the demonstration video
1- Black glossy catalyzed paint for the background
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- Chrome paint
Product ready to use - Application with very thin passes. Apply 4 to 6 micro coats spaced with 30 seconds, until the black basecoat has been completly covered. Suggested drying time: 2 to 7 days ( more drying time allows to achieve the clearcoat more easily, with less chance to fail the clearcoat) More details and tips about clearcoat application in the Topcoating chapter
It's essential to follow closely the application instructions to achieve a beautiful mirror Gold effect.
Drying times are quite long, but recommended to get maximum quality results.
Stabilizer : The stabilizer may be supplied with the chrome kit: it is a waterbased clearcoat, that can be apply over the chrome paint, before the final Candy Clearcoat. The stabilizer contains 0 solvents , and it is used as a fixative layer as it shows less risk to affect the thin chrome paint layer.
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.
1kg : (1 – 1,25m²)
250 ml basecoat black + 250 ml varnish 8900X + 250ml hardener H440 + 250ml chrome paint
2kg : (2 – 2,5 m²)
500 ml basecoat black + 500 ml varnish 8900X + 500ml hardener H440 + 500ml 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.
The GOLD topcoat included by default in the kit, can be supplied in other colours on simple request (Available: Red, blue, green, lime green, orange)