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what's the deal with this spray on chrome?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cretin, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,804

    from S.F.V. CA.

    Anybody ever messed with this stuff? Does this stuff actually work? I am pretty skeptical, but don't really have any info on it. Sorry if it's been covered before but I did a quick search and didn't see anything.

    *Edit* Found a few threads on it but nobody seems to know much, looks like alot of speculation. Would like to hear from someone who has actually messed with this stuff.

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  2. phukinartie
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 965


    Hey its on youtube so its gotta be true :D

    It really seems like alot of layers of "material" though and how durable too?
  3. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,559


    I have seen it at SEMA and it looks pretty good. However, it is just paint and has the same problems as paint. If it chips, it looks like shit and it takes special equipment to spray it and the equipment is very expensive.
  4. Pretty cool, bet it's pricey!!
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  5. chopped
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 1,781


    Know of a guy that quit his job and went into the business. He's starving.
  6. looks impressive, like everyone else though, i'd like to know more. there are some impressive pvd coatings also.
  7. SloW8
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 38

    from Utah - USA

    We had a polished aluminum car at SEMA a few years ago. A couple months later pictures of it showed up on a web site for a chrome paint company. They claimed it was their paint. D-Bags.
  8. it works like spray on hair , it will cover but its just not quite right!
  9. ugotpk
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 503


    I used it to do some bezels for my dash. It doesn't really look like real chrome. But it isn't. They turned kind of a tarnished look and came out very nice. The look for what it is, was great. As any project. Do it well. Sand, primer, sand again. spray some good coats. I also clear coated them. UGOTPK $8.00
  10. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    sprayed my whole car with it...

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  11. TheFrenZ
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,900

    from Germania

    Ohhh...looks like Luke's daddy upgrades to a chromed braincap.
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  12. BenW455
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 417


    Watch the first video I call BS.
  13. slepe67
    Joined: Jan 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,146

    from NW MT

    wasn't there a guy at SEMA who had multi-colored chrome??? I don't think I would go that route. I may look nice for a bit, but, nothing beats chrome, period. 'cept maye some flat black paint, a Mexi Blanket, and some red wheels...haha
  14. I have a friend that just bought a SpectraChrome system, I went with him to see samples. The SpectraChrome people took the time to tint the "paint" with the proper amounts of black and purple to look like chrome, and not look tarnished or nickle or like polished aluminum. The Alsa stuff sucks compared to this stuff...

    I will be having a few pieces of my daily driver late model truck done soon... bumper, grill and wheels, so we'll see how it holds up.

    An I've sen pictures of a new rod project with some on it, It looks right in the pics, and I've been told that it looks right too.

    There are a few companies putting out "Chrome" paint, they are not all the same.
  15. SniffnPaint
    Joined: May 22, 2008
    Posts: 434


    Cheesey or not its pretty amazing.
  16. johnboy13
    Joined: May 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,073


    Please write up a review with pictures when you get your parts.
  17. HighSpeed LowDrag
    Joined: Mar 2, 2005
    Posts: 967

    HighSpeed LowDrag
    from Houston

    I played around with some stuff at work at sprayed HOK Kosmic Krome (sp?) as per the HOK tech sheets.

    Ended up looking OK but not really 100% chrome. On certain small parts it might pass as chrome at a quick glance but for the time, effort, and expense involved, I think I'd actually chrome something rather than paint it.

    Of course this was a different product so you results may vary.
  18. moparforlife
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 351

    from Rolla, MO

  19. Those Mopar bumpers look pretty good, but more like polished aluminum... I can tell you from personal experience, the Alsa Killer Chrome they used looks like crap compared to the SpectraChrome stuff...
  20. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    how does the dudes arms not get covered???? looks as though they are washing black from an already chromed surface.......
  21. krackerjack88
    Joined: Apr 6, 2008
    Posts: 1,247

    from Fresno,Ca

    And tell me why the thing it's sitting on isn't getting chromed as well...
  22. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,804

    from S.F.V. CA.

    Yea, that's what it looked like to me and part of why I'm so skeptical.

    I'm not thinking of doing this to anything, it just sparked my interest.
  23. It doesn't act like regualr paint, it kinda floats on... The friend is also a HAMBer, I'll get him to come here abd try to explain how it works... De-ionized water and alcohol are involved.
  24. Sphynx
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 1,142

    from Central Fl

    I had a friend sit me down to watch a video on it one day and iit was interesting but I still dont know if its worth a shit the video says the basic starter kit runs about 7500 .
  25. lamy_chop
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 131


    i know it's not a hot rod or anything even close, about a whole freakin car painted in this shit??

  26. roadkillontheweb
    Joined: Dec 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,379


    Since it works on fiberglass a number of guys that restore and modify the little cars I deal with use the stuff.

    I have not seen the finished car yet but one guy bought one of my 3/8 scale 1965 Mustang bodies and chrome sprayed it then masked off the chrome areas and sprayed the car. Everything that should be chrome is and the rest of the car had an awsome base coat for the paint.
  27. roadkillontheweb
    Joined: Dec 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,379


    Here is another one with the bumpers done
  28. I just bought the Spectra-Chrome setup/equipment. This is my very first test piece. I still need to work on my base texture and dust control in my booth, and I have much practicing to do. I'm going to their masters class in Clearwater tomorrow, hopefully I will learn something. This is a piece of floor tile from home depot.


    (oh yea, this photo was taken just after metalizing(no topcoat), it brightens up a bit after topcoating.)
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    Spray on chrome is as dumb as Spray gold paint! Looks fake and just isn't the real thing.If you want chrome get a real chrome job done.

  30. No one (at least I'm not) saying it is a replacement for chrome. It is a lower cost alternative to traditional tank-plating chrome, and a means of putting a chrome finish onto non-conductive substrates, such as fiberglass, plastic, etc.

    As hexavalent chromium becomes closer and closer to becoming completely outlawed, this type of process, out of necessity, will become more and more of a viable option.

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