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    Covering chrome options?

    So, I am about to reinstall my chrome door handles/trime, etc and would like to turn the chrome black.

    Can I just prime and paint this, or is there something else I should use?

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    Regular paint won't stick to chrome. I would try truck bed coating like Herculiner. It's supposed to stay on forever to whatever you paint it with. Only bad thing is that it leaves a pebbly finish.

    One of these days when I finally get the time and space to work on my cars, I plan to use truck bed liner to black out all the chrome, 70's style. All we had back then was Krylon and some urethane paints but they always ended up flaking off no matter how carefully you prepped the surface...

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    Anyone think plasti dip would be a useable option?

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    If you want the best possible finish, go powdercoat. Anything else will eventually rub or peel off. Some chrome shops offer 'black chrome'....looks badass, but it's not cheap.

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    Paint doesn't like sticking to chrome because it is crazy smooth, and thus needs abrasion to give it a rough surface the paint will stick to. This is called mechanical adhesion. When doing paintwork it is usually achieved by sanding the surface. DO NOT SAND CHROME. It is one if the absolute worst things you can inhale. Seriously bad news. I would advise having it LIGHTLY sand blasted or "dusted" by a professional sandblaster (billy-joe from down the block who sandblasts heavy equipment in his back yard will ruin your parts. Make sure they have automotive experience) who should have the proper safety equipment and filtration to handle this without turning anybody's lungs into bloody hamburger. It should be fairly inexpensive, and will give you lasting adhesion. Of course other factors like the quality of paint used and proper application techniques will heavily play into that as well. FYI, your Window trim etc is probably straight stainless and could probably be simply properly sanded to achieve adhesion, but some manufacturers used to chrome stainless as well, so I'd get that blasted along with cast parts.

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahSleeper
    Anyone think plasti dip would be a useable option?
    I would use those plastic wraps, All the news car use the same sort of stuff on door trims.
    It works great and you have room for mistake/redo.


    Good luck

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oracles
    I would use those plastic wraps, All the news car use the same sort of stuff on door trims.
    It works great and you have room for mistake/redo.
    Normally, I'd be on the powdercoat bandwagon, but this is a great idea! Easier, cheaper, and if you hate it you can peel it off. :tu: :mrgreen:

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    Re: Covering chrome options?

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    Quote Originally Posted by Oracles
    I would use those plastic wraps, All the news car use the same sort of stuff on door trims.
    It works great and you have room for mistake/redo.
    Normally, I'd be on the powdercoat bandwagon, but this is a great idea! Easier, cheaper, and if you hate it you can peel it off. :tu: :mrgreen:
    My friend plastidipped his wheels a bronze color, the first time he did it he messed up. Obviously fixed now looks 8) Stuff is pretty cheap and does wonders, he's even thinking about plastidipping his whole car

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