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paint that looks like bare metal

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gravelpete, May 9, 2010.

  1. gravelpete
    Joined: May 9, 2010
    Posts: 46

    from canada

    Hi, I am looking to paint my 34 ford truck so that it resembles bare metal if that is possible? I was wondering if anyboby has done this or anybody knows a color that looks simular to bare metal? Possibly a certian silver with a semi gloss clear? Thanks for any help.
  2. paintguy
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 15


    ppg has a product called liquid metal that looks close as long as you clear it with a satin clear(btw- You might want to do an intro before the HAMB police get you)
  3. gtkane
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
    Posts: 327


    Hmmm...I'll have to look into this "liquid metal"...
  4. ZomBrian
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,143

    from in IN

    "Liquid Metal" people tend to look for John Conner.:)

  5. Mr.Musico
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,587

    from SoCal

    hollywood hot rods entry at this years gnrs had something similar. Painted by dept of customs- anaheim ca

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  6. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Several years ago I was looking at a Street Rodder mag. There was coverage of a show where they had small pics of all the cars at the show and there was a picture of a '32 full fendered pickup that they descibed as painted in 'Bare Steel'. It looked like bare metal. Now I have to go thru all my Street Rodder mags...thanks a lot...:rolleyes:
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  7. Jimmy2s83
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 100

    from Indiana

    Not sure how feasible it would be but perhaps some type of clear over the bare metal might work? Otherwise I would check out some of the above mentioned suggestions. I had some Bright polished copper hardware for my kitchen (in progress) clear powder coated and it kept the bright shine of the copper really well.
  8. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    I don't know this for sure, but I THINK that the ppg liquid metal is really pricey-about $100 per PINT:eek:

    Somebody more educated on ppg could probably help a bit

  9. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,593

    from Michigan

    100 bucks fer a pint is insane....
  10. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


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  11. *Kendall*
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 24

    from chicago

    for a 100 bucks a pint ....leave it bare metal and buy a box of WD-40
  12. 50stude p/u
    Joined: Jul 14, 2009
    Posts: 169

    50stude p/u

    ive wondered about this too, cant you just sand the paint off and shoot come clear?
  13. *Kendall*
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 24

    from chicago

    yeah you can clear bare metal but gotta be carefull and make sure u clean it very good and scuff it up in one direction so it looks uniform
  14. Sorry for the non HAMB friendly car but I think they use the PPG stuff.
    I suppose they can afford it though!

    The picture shows the colour well.

  15. *Kendall*
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 24

    from chicago

    alsa corp. makes a chrome paint i've seen and it looks more like bare metal than chrome but kinda pricey also
  16. You're not an eskimo are you?

    I've got a fridge I'd like to sell you....

    Painting it to look like it's not painted? I can't see a much more useless exercise.
    Last edited: May 10, 2010
  17. thechondro
    Joined: May 8, 2009
    Posts: 507

    from silverlake

    Yeah, alsa makes some stuff called ghost chrome which u shoot over a grey base because its very transparent. House of kolor also makes it in a different name.Havnt used theres yet. I truly hate alsa paint..... Everything from base to pinstriping paint and more have been very transparent and dont cover well. It might work out well in this situation.Maybe others have had better results but, Ive wasted a bit on it and now it just sits while I use my house of kolor instead. And yes its a bit expensive and looks kinda like metal. Hope this helps at all.
  18. Buzzard II
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 354

    Buzzard II

    Paint it silver (Krylon ?) then scuff it up with a scotch brite pad. I saw a couple cars done this way at last years Goodguys run at Pocono Speedway. Sounds fucked up but it worked! Try a sample piece first! Good luck!
  19. claymore
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 896


    Man has the answer :p
  20. Diavolo
    Joined: Apr 1, 2009
    Posts: 813


    The sheer number of people here who just want to flap their lips and don't provide anything useful astounds me. I guess it keeps the topic on the first page and bumps the post number up a bit...

    This is a close proximity. ~$100 for a kit with all the goodies.

    I agree with the comment of shooting, scuffing and coating it with clear. If it were me, the key would be to get the finest flake metallic, shoot it, scuff it (if I wanted a scuffed look, I'd rather get the color of metal right and just clear) and clear coat it. Since I would rather have the metal color than the metal look (I don't like fake finishes) I would just go single stage metallic in the shade of metal I wanted. Titanium is kinda halfway between steel and aluminum, from what the color chart showed me anyway.

    Work with the local paint shop and take a piece of steel that looks like you want the color to be and get them to let you take the color book out in the sunlight and get a pint to practice the effect you want on some scrap.
  21. sik_kreations
    Joined: Jul 14, 2008
    Posts: 436


    simple. shoot it black. color sanded and buffed. shoot anyone ones brand aluminum style effect paint or chrome style.... alsa, hok, ppg, xotic, metal flake and others (pretty much come from the same place)
  22. FunnyCar65
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,075

    from Colorado

    I've used HOK's Kosmic Krome pretty simple process really.You can sand your black base to give it a brushed look before you spray the chrome paint over.Or even an engine turned pattern

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  23. I think VHT or eastwood has restoration paints "cast blast" & alum blast looks like blasted cast iron or blasted alum, I would paint it with translucent sliver/grey and then clear it.
  24. Wilson Perf.
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 36

    Wilson Perf.

    I think clearing is the best way to go. Shoot all the motorcycle manufacturers in the world have been clearing bare metal from day one almost. If you keep the thing clean and reasonably dry when not in use, i.e. garaged, then you should be fine for a long time. But like one guy said prepping the surface is the big factor to any "paint" clear or otherwise.

    Bill Wilson
    Lee's Summit, MO
    'The Turnover T'
  25. How about metal that looks like paint? You just sand until you like it.
  26. 85-percent
    Joined: Apr 5, 2005
    Posts: 323


    I recieved an email yesterday. They are having a 50% off sale for the month of May, probably on "selected items".

    Which is nice. The only people that can afford their nice product are heads of Wall Street Brokerage Houses!

    -90% Jimmy
  27. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,553

    from Garner, NC

    big difference between steel and aluminum. and most of the manufacturers it's aluminum, hell I can't think of one that has done steel.
  28. JWall32
    Joined: Mar 27, 2010
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  29. thaugen
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 174


    That Formula 1 car is probably coated in Spectrachrome. I asked on a racing site and they gave me a press release about it.
  30. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    Watched an episode of "Overhaulin" where they were doing a 1965 Mustang coupe. Chip Foose did it in green with brushed steel racing stripes. He sprayed silver for the stripes, than took a scotchbrite pad to the stripes before clear coat. Came out really cool. Here's a picture of it.


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