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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-18-2018, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Painting chrome

So my old gal, 99 aero 1100, needs a facelift, bad. Ive had her for several years, got her when I was 16 or 17. Really has been my main ride since then. Over the years I've cleaned and polished and touched up my fair bit. But there's only so much cleaning and polishing will do. These salted roads in Ohio have taken its toll while I'm stationed up here. So I've decided, since I'm not a fan of chrome anyways, to paint over the chrome in a lot of spots.

I know prep is key to any paint job and ill give the good bonding surface as best I know, but are there any key tips I should keep in mind while attemptong to paint over chrome?

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Scuff the surface with really low grit sandpaper or a green pad and use a few coats of self etching primer.

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Scuff the surface with really low grit sandpaper or a green pad and use a few coats of self etching primer.
Ive heard about self etching but have never used it. Does it come in a rattle can?

Through some of my research on it, a lot say to use an epoxy primer. Any added benefits to either?

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I have painted chrome a few times and prep is absolutely the key. No smooth surface can be there or it will chip off. Self etching primer works well and does come in rattle can. Do some research of your area if there is a powder coater around you I would try to take that route


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I have painted chrome a few times and prep is absolutely the key. No smooth surface can be there or it will chip off. Self etching primer works well and does come in rattle can. Do some research of your area if there is a powder coater around you I would try to take that route


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I wish I could powder coat all of the chrome but it's not an option. Certain parts I can't let then bake sooooo paint is my option

Thanks for the tips guys!

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Sand blasting is an option but some parts have to be protected/taped to prevent it getting in the wrong places.




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Ive painted lots of chrome, real and electro plated plastic. Sand with 80 grit, clean well and spray with an etching primer. Its really no different than painting any other metal chrome is just very hard so most people dont sand it well enough.

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Ive painted lots of chrome, real and electro plated plastic. Sand with 80 grit, clean well and spray with an etching primer. Its really no different than painting any other metal chrome is just very hard so most people dont sand it well enough.
Thanks for that tip! Im pretty comfortable painting most materials, and ill keep that in mind.

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Sand blasting is an option but some parts have to be protected/taped to prevent it getting in the wrong places.
I do have a harbor freight sand blaster, and I'm planning on using that for a couple pieces, its SUCH a mess though.

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You could always just paint over it with Plastidip, and you just have to make sure the surface is clean, no special prep work, no sanding, scuffing, or otherwise marring the chrome. I did it to my dash, which was blinding me around the corner from my house every day. The one thing you need to be aware of is that it's not permanently stuck to it, and can be peeled off if you don't like the way it looks. This means, though, that places where bolts go in, or anything hitting and moving it, can peel the paint, like around the bolts when you go to tighten them, unless you use tape around those spots just enough for the bolts, and peel it off before the paint completely dries. And, it comes in some different colors, but not many. It would be an easy and cheap way to "black out" a bike without permanently changing the look of the bike, so it could be sold with the chrome later.



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