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Posted 21 January 2005 - 01:48 PM
Hello all, I just recently found this forum and am very excited about it. I just started airbrushing cranks last year and have had some good results (caught fish with 'em) I have been reading alot of previous posts on here about chrome finishes, I was getting ready to order the chrome paint from alsacorp before I found all this info. I couldnt find any posts here about anyone who has already tried it, it is pricey so I would like to know if anyone here has tried it before I order it. I am also curious to try for myself and see some more examples of 'foiling' that I am reading about here. What I am trying to acheive is a chrome finish like came on Rebel's WEE-R, they made one with a blue back and one with a black back, this stuff from Alsacorp is new and expensive so what has Rebel used for all these years ? Sorry for all the rambling, I look forward to your replies and I am gonna get back to reading this great resource....
Posted 21 January 2005 - 02:24 PM
JD4, save your money and invest some time in the Foil method. You will be pleased with the result. As far as Rebel and their finish, I am not sure. I have used just about every chrome paint known to man, and I always go back to the foil.
Hope this helps.
There are TONS of information on this site, Just go to TU Search, Forums, and Hard Bait Forum.
Welcome aboard to the TU family.
Posted 21 January 2005 - 11:44 PM
If you want a truly shiny finish, you could polish the foil after applying. Go to a auto body supply shop and get a high speed buffing pad for grinder/polisher or a drill. Also get a fine buffing compound. just be careful not to burn through the foil as it is very thin.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 12:11 AM
I use a Tripple Plating System that Caswell makes.I dont believe that this particular one related to the link will work.I have chromed some plugs with great results in the past.I dont anymore simply because other methods of painting get me by.
Chrome plating can only be done through electrolosis.Wood and Plastic has to be made conductive in order for the process to work.Wood and plastic would have to go through a special copper bath in order to make it conductive so it can accept the transfer of chrome and nichol.
It is a process widely used by all the major lure mfgr's.
Like the paint you described JD,the equipment is exspensive to get set up to plate.The first kit I purchased from caswell was $490.00 and the rectifier was only powerfull enough to plate about 25 square inches.
I tripple plate alot of wirebaits and blades with the set up I have.I am very satisfied with it but dont care to use it on hardbaits.Unfortunatly the high priced chrome paint is the only other option besides foiling.
Maybe someone would go in with you to purchase the paint you are looking at.The two of you can split it up.It goes a long way and should last a long time.B&B
Posted 23 January 2005 - 01:13 AM
When I want a chrome shine, like Tally, I use foil...as you may have gleaned from previous posts on this subject, the "chrome-in-a-can" finishes will dull under clear coats. If you are high-volume, or price is no object, Blades has your answer.
Posted 26 January 2005 - 09:34 AM
use the foil method. it is much cheaper and you can obtain that "chrome" finish by using a steel rod on the foil after you have applied it to the lure. reynolds aluminum foil is pretty good and holds up well.
Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:31 PM
Gentlemen, don't waste your time and effort on above mentioned plating. They have sprayable chrome finishes on the market now that will blow your mind. Heres a website that comes to for you all to check out. www.alsacorp.com . Product is called Mirra Chrome and you don't need special spraying equipment to use. There are many others out there also. Type in sprayable chrome finishes on google and you'll see many options. There expensive but a quart will paint alot of lures .
Posted 26 January 2005 - 11:06 PM
That chrome paint sure is pretty but expensive is an understatement! There is also a bunch of neat stuff on that site, thanks for the link.
Posted 27 January 2005 - 10:51 AM
Do a search for Spaz Chrome paint, good price on this.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 11:46 AM
I've been having satisfactory results with the Krylon chrome paint. Its inexpensive and easy to use in rattle cans. A lot better than the stuff the used to sell years ago. The also have gold and brass.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 12:07 PM
I use it too, BUT, if you top coat it, it goes gray and flat.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 03:42 PM
I didn't know that, I have a bunch now that are going to coated with Devcon, guess I'll find out.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 04:17 PM
Hey ROCFISH before coating them with devcon, Hit them with some clear gloss and let dry.. as an experiment. Let us know what you find out.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 09:11 PM
I clearcoated one today with clear gloss and it did lose the chrome look. Tomorrow I'll try the Devcon. I think the solvent in the clearcoat disolved the chrome. I'm hoping the devcon will not. Perhaps it would be best not to put any topcoat over the chrome paint, we'll see.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 03:55 PM
Applied Devcon 2 ton to the rest today, no problems, chrome paint held up fine. Apparently the solvent based clearcoat disolves the chrome finish, the devcon does not. I also tried a vinyl clearcoat and it damaged the chrome as well. Well that leaves Devcon 2 ton epoxy as the finish coat of choice for chrome painted jigs. At least when using Krylon chrome paint.
My next batch of lead trolling heads will be painted with brass krylon, and I'll try a few different topcoats as well.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 04:06 PM
Thanks for the info.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 05:08 PM
Please post a picture when you get a chance.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 05:43 PM
When they are dry and I can find my daughters camera I'll get some pics out.