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can you paint over chrome?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chopt55bc, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. chopt55bc
    Joined: May 10, 2008
    Posts: 886


    i have a pair of cal custom valve covers that have been chrome plated. i wanna paint between the fins. is there any way to prep the chrome so the paint will stick?
  2. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,037


    SEM makes an etch primer in a rattle can, might be worth a try.
  3. holeshot
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,519

    from Waxahachie

    CHOP...sure people do it all the time, don't even have to sand. just wipe between the fins, well to get oil and dirt off. that's it and good luck. this is 1 of the few times i like painted chrome. man your going to love the result...POP.
  4. I just cleaned them good and brushed the red enamel on and wiped the excess off the fins with lacquer thinner as soon as the enamel started drying . HRP


  5. rocket8
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 621

    from antioch CA

    yep, pick up some wax and grease remover, clean em up REALLY WELL, dry REALLY WELL and paint.
  6. Marcia
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 619


    Same thing. I painted the whole thing and then wiped off the fins.
  7. i did one set with enamel primer and painted the polishe d out area and had some paint com loose when demasking, would be best to skuff pad the areas to be painted, also did my OTB aircleaner tops, this stuff looks nice
  8. It helps to use "bulldog" primer first. It's really sticky stuff and sticks to just about anything.
  9. First - wax&grease remover. Second - scuff with red scotch-brite. Third - paint (or prime and paint). That's how we learned to do it at tech school and it works for me.
  10. SlowandLow63
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 5,953

    from Central NJ

    Ya buddy.
  11. skullhat
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 892


    one shot will stick good for brushed applications.

    for spray , id go the bulldog, or etch primer route that has been mentioned.

    painting over chromed cast parts like valve covers seems to last ,unlike other chromed parts such as bumpers

  12. LVHotRodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 701


    run a scotch brite through between the fins because sometimes the surface might be to shiny and smooth for the paint to stick which might allow it to chip off
  13. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,282


  14. SaltCityCustoms
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,210


    An adhesion promoter will also help amongst the other replies.

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