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What's new for 2019 trucks

Discussion in 'Grease Monkey's Garage' started by AirOpsMgr, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Willy Leadwell

    Willy Leadwell Purveyor of Polyurethane
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    There's these new spray chrome processes now that mimic the look of real chrome. You can get a nice looking black chrome finish that way. Real chrome does not take paint at all. I could do a tinted black clear over chrome and get a nice black chrome look, but by the time that coating fully cured, you'd be flaking & chipping like crazy.
     
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    Yeah, the guy that had the truck that I saw told me it was paint, said he was going to do the black chrome plating process but it was too expensive for him.

    I kinda wondered how paint would hold up
     
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    It won't. Because the tinted coating is clear, you can't prep the surface or any scratches will show. In order to paint chrome, I usually sand it very aggressively then apply something that will etch the metal, then prime, then paint. If you do that right, it will stick reasonably well. I've done it many times to save having to buy new paintable bumpers and grilles. Since you need the bright shiny chrome underneath the tinted clear, all you can do is clean it really good and cross your fingers. The good news is, once it starts to flake, which will probably be in about 6 months, you can take a pressure washer to it and just go back to chrome.
     
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    I wonder if a smoked clear vinyl wrap would stay put?
     
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    This is blasphemy in the paint world. Stickers are for kid's toys and race cars. No self respecting grown man should have stickers on his personal ride no matter how much area the sticker may cover.
     
    #145 Willy Leadwell, Jun 13, 2018
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