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05-04-2008, 05:37 PM
Looks pretty amazing, you could even do your whole car. Small quantities might be great for small parts, but it's $1400 a gallon if you want do do the whole car. Looking at the video's, it looks really nice.



05-04-2008, 05:39 PM
I have a feeling that Jerry Forrester will have a much shorter turn around time with his 'chrome' stuff now... [:0]:D

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

05-04-2008, 10:11 PM
Should work on '61 Lark tail light lenses (according to their website).

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05-04-2008, 10:55 PM
There were several cars at SEMA this year that were "chromed". Its a pretty tricky process that requires a lot more than just the $1400 worth of material to get good results, and even then its not going to fool anybody. I had researched it pretty hard hoping it would be a cheap way to fix pot metal since you can apply it over body plastic etc. There is special equipment needed and it has to be applied in operating room conditions. It can look good just not the same as real triple plate.

05-05-2008, 11:34 AM
I have looked this stuff over quite carefully too. (see older thread about plating 52 starliner pot metal). I MIGHT try the 100 dollar rattle can kit to do the dash chrome on my Stude. But I wouldn't trust the can for the outside trim and like you say, it does get expensive. After a lot of money and work, what do you relaly have? Paint, not chrome.

52 hardtop

vegas paul
05-05-2008, 11:54 AM
I charmed the "demo princess" at SEMA this year to give me a few samples of the Killer Chrome in rattle cans, including the base and top coat. This was on the last day and there were a few laying around - they were not giving samples out as a rule. The stuff is interesting, but NOT chrome, and while it looks OK, it would not be appropriate for exterior unless an industrial strength clear coat were applied. I tried it on a few parts including pot metal, plastic, and steel. At $150 per rattle can kit (3 cans), and not much coverage per kit, I would lean towards a quality plating service.

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05-05-2008, 08:04 PM
I don't know about the rattle cans but the best systems need to be cleared and there is a special tint added that gives it a less aluminum look, which is critical to the chrome effect. I would like to know how the oems plate plastic parts because that is pretty convincing chrome.

05-05-2008, 09:54 PM
I would like to know how the oems plate plastic parts because that is pretty convincing chrome.

There are basicaly two processes. For interior plastic trim they often use vacuum deposited aluminum overcoated with clear. It looks almost like chrome, but isn't very durable.

For exterior parts - grilles, etc, they're electroless copper plated, then nickel and chrome plated just like metal parts.

Jerry Forrester
05-05-2008, 11:08 PM
What it all boils down to is, "There's no replacement for copper, nickle and chrome"

Jerry Forrester
Douglasville, Georgia
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for your shiny Stude stuff

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