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Old 07-29-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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Painting Chrome

Does anyone have any experience with painting chrome. I want to do the headlight bezels on my wrangler and dont know if its possible. If this isnt possible could I powder coat them with one of the Craftsman Powder Coat guns.

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Old 07-29-2007, 09:40 PM   #2
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just scuff them up real good first

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I painted the chrome grill on my wifes car 2 years ago, not even a chip. Scuffed it really good

If your gonna do black, just buy the black bezels for it
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Take some of the Scotchbrite pads, the rough red ones, and give the bezels a good thorough scuffing. Then clean them up really well before priming them. Then a couple of light coats of satin black and you're good to go!!

Some people will say that you don't have to prime before painting, but trust me.....to get the right adhesion with the paint, you'll want to have primed prior to painting. Otherwise the high pressure sprayer at the local carwash will eventually eat the paint right off those bezels.
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Take some of the Scotchbrite pads, the rough red ones, and give the bezels a good thorough scuffing. Then clean them up really well before priming them. Then a couple of light coats of satin black and you're good to go!!

Some people will say that you don't have to prime before painting, but trust me.....to get the right adhesion with the paint, you'll want to have primed prior to painting. Otherwise the high pressure sprayer at the local carwash will eventually eat the paint right off those bezels.
I will second this. To take it even further I have quit using normal spray can primer and have moved onto the self etching primer. I get mine from O'Reillys. It is made from a company called mar hyde. Looks like this.



The stuff I've used this primer on lasts tons longer than that without it. Expensive though. 12 bucks a can. But worth it when I don't have to mess with it again.
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I scuffed mine with steel wool. They are plastic so the scuffs go into the plastic. I used black Rustoleum appliance paint. It is an epoxy paint and dries pretty hard. That was back before Christmas and they still look the same.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:04 PM   #8
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I did the OO steel wool all the way around then got some rustolum high gloss spray paint for them. came out real good. I know there is another thread around here somewhere where we talked about this before.
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Ya'll got me thinkin now. I may Herculine mine since I have some still layin around.
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the bezels came out really good, I haven't had a problem with the paint coming off either. take a look at that other thread, it came out nicely with some pics
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I did mine and used a cheap Krylon flat black and it's chipping. I'm going to most likely redo them with a harder drying paint next time.
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Prove, how many coats did you do? I think when I did mine I cleaned it up really good using some steel wool (or you could use some really fine sandpaper) and then I did like 3 or 4 coats of black high gloss. I used to work in a paint department at H.D. and flat black is not a very good paint it flaws really easy, I would only use flat as a primer paint, try a satin or high gloss.
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I sanded and did about 3 coats. I am going to go with a satin next time. Hopefully it doesn't chip and flake. My fault for using cheap paint.
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what i did was scuffed the plastic with a grey scotchbrite pad, washed it down with some degreaser, and sprayed some adhesion promoter on them. (you can get it at any autoparts store) did that just incase there was a chip that i wasnt able to scuff. then sprayed some high build primer on it, and sanded it smooth. then just sprayed with SEMS black trim paint. havent had any problems yet
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I sanded and did about 3 coats. I am going to go with a satin next time. Hopefully it doesn't chip and flake. My fault for using cheap paint.
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