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Posted 07 February 2007 - 12:20 AM
Did a search could not find solid answer on chrome paint. I want to paint plastic baits with the chrome finish like a rattle trap. I bought some rust-oleum but it does not have that mirror finish. It's enamel and and I wondered how well acrylic would stick to it???
The Blue also looks as if it has a chrome effect as well...or it may just be transparent and the chrome base shines through it.
I had a thought when I started typing this... Has anyone used the spray they use to put on glass to make mirrors???
I finished my first lures the other night.. Boy was I pumped.. I'm hooked now.. Hope I remember to go fishing...
Thanks to all of you for your help
Posted 07 February 2007 - 01:24 AM
I remember doing some research on the same thing last year. I saw the cost of the paint and decided it was too much for the few lures I build each year.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:42 AM
Rattle traps can be bought for 1.99, I dont believe they are using expensive paint. The paint gets knocked off to easy as well. Blue and chrome is a hot color for sand bass. If I use two ton to seal they should hold up longer.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 12:20 PM
using foil will likely be the easiest/cheapest way to get a "chrome" finish.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:57 PM
Someone once posted a tip about a particular brand of nail polish that produced a nice chrome effect. Can't remember the brand.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:04 PM
All of the Metal finishes I tried, go dull and flat Instantly, under a top coat. I
Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:09 PM
You using it on lures or your fingernails?
My lures don't shine, but my nails are fabulous.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:45 PM
Remember that old song, " Are you going to San Francisco?" I don't know why that popped into my head, but I had to ask.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:51 PM
The only real chrome paint that works is from Alsa Corp. called "mirror Chrome". You can now get it in rattle cans and they are called "killer chrome",but you have to use thier undercoat to make it work and together the kit is $149 I believe. If you don't mind spending the money it works and it does not dull under epoxy. They have a video that shows how it works. Here is the link: http://www.alsacorp....me_prodinfo.htm
Posted 10 February 2007 - 01:17 AM
sj, I think you can see from the answers that no one has found something that is cheap and works. Closest that I've found is a silver leafing pen.
Nice thing about them is that they, like an airbrush, don't show any brush- type marks. But they also dull somewhat under a top coat.
One tip for anyone to consider is, using the gold or copper pens you can get some nice effects as a accessory color (fire tiger marks, dots, etc.)
Posted 10 February 2007 - 09:29 AM
I have used this paint for model cars that has a near chrome finish. I am not sure how well it will hold up to a epoxy clear though. The paint can be bought at most local hobby shops. Here is the link to the manufacturer.
Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:05 PM
I'm still looking. The lure manufactures are not buying 169.00 paint and putting it on 3.00 lures. Research so far indicated posible Plaster of Paris (plating on plastic) method. There is a 2 part paint process as well as a process called vacuum ?????(cant remember right now) that they use to put on cheap ballons.
Indy, that paint looks nice, my local distributor doesn't stock the chrome. but has some of the colors that change. Looks like it could be neat to use for a lure.
Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:00 PM
You are right Skeeter Jones...there are lots of ways to chrome plate plastic as well as other material but it is all expensive at least in the initial equipment purchase. The big manufacturers can do this because they sell in such large volume that is why they can sell lures for $2.99. If it was cheap and easy, everybody on this site would be using some type of chrome paint or plating. That is why most everyone uses foil for this effect.......FYI
Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:46 PM
The paint that indybass is talking about is the stuff to use. I use it for my chrome baits.
It is used on model cars to chrome out bumpers and rims. The trick to using it is to prime your bait then use a high gloss black then the chrome, you will not be disapointed.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 07:52 PM
Exactly, retail price dont reflect the production investment, ROI could take years.
Vacuum metalisation is what most use to chrome plastic parts.
electroplating can be done after a copper paint base coat, yet still not cheap.
Foiling is the most affordable for diy'ers, but more labor intensive, once buffed out, they shine up nice.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 08:14 PM
Tape is nice but it might be way too thick for a rattle trap. I'm surprised the rustoleum didn't work for you. The color that was the hottest for me last year on smallies was a bronze color.....they were smokin it!
Posted 18 February 2007 - 08:37 PM
Foiling isnt limited to foil tape, its the most convienent, but you could use a low mil aluminum foil, mylar, even leaf if applied right.
I agree rustoleum chrome is one of the best in the rettle cans (excluding Alsa's) but topcoat always kills it for me.
It's the way theyre made, they arent made to be topcoated.
I once had a "bright" idea to spray crome the "inside" of a clear body before gluing it up, didnt work, the underside of the paint is "dull" just as if it were topcoated.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 09:09 PM
I remember spaz stix, I though they were resellers for Alsa corp, judging by the price difference I guess I'm very wrong.
powder pait out of the question for plastics & thier ceramic paint needs to cure at 500 deg for an hour, but might be of some interest to the jig & wire guys.
13 bucks a can sounds much better, thanks for the link, if youve tried it or if anyone tries it please bring us a review.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 07:59 PM
I haven't got back to this post until today, I ran across the spaz stix today online by accident and see that fish devil has mentioned it. On the page I was looking at today the model looked great. 1 oz for 7-9 dollars and it can be used in a airbrush. Fish have you used the spaz stix??? I am trying to find a local dealer. I have one 20 miles away that can get it. I was going to buy online but a 7.00 product that cost 5.00 to ship is crazy.