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Old 12-29-2016, 12:59 PM   #11
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Don't know if you care or not but that is a 1956 radio not a 55 radio ,
Bummer, I won't tell any one if you dont!
Is the knobs or having the CD triangle that give it away?
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:12 PM   #12
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Hey Bill, your best bet will be the furnace tape. I have used BMF for years on model cars and it is very thin. It will not stand up for long to any handling or cleaning.
The "chrome" paint works but it has issues with staying chrome. The chrome surface is very sensitive and it will stain and dull very quickly. You can clear coat it but then it looks more like a brushed aluminum then chrome.
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I made some PVC cup holders for my console build last year. I primed them with gray primer and then shot them with the Chrome paint.



I knew the chrome paint wouldn't stand up to any abuse. I also didn't want the "chrome" look. From experience I knew the chrome paint would take on a brushed aluminum look after clearing and that was the look I needed.
Here is a before and after clear coating.

The cup holders in the console.

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Thanks for the post, I used the same "chrome" spray, on my BA rear arm rest ash trays, it'll do till I can budget for some nice ones
as far as the radio trim, good luck, I was lucky enough to find a push button radio, with enough shine to the chrome( minor pitting) that I can live w/ it
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I`ve had good success with triple 0 steel o wool real fine good for cast and chrome
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Powder coating might be the easiest way to go, but ask to see a sample of their work before committing.

Some chrome powder coat looks like real chrome


Some, not so much, more like silver paint


Another option would be if someone in your area does chrome painting like this. If so, your part could probably be combined with someone else's order for little additional cost.
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Hydro dipping is always an option, but there are plenty of things out there that may be an option like this.
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I tried the Base Metal. The sides with a small area came out quite nicely. The facing was a different story. It was a little hard to get off the backing and on to the bezel in one piece. I just couldn't get it smooth, so I've taken all the Base Metal off and will have it chromed.

I tried the chrome paint on a spare clock delete medallion. Astro, it certainly doesn't look like chrome does it.

I'll post the final results of the chrome job when it gets back.
Hey Bill, why not try one of those plastic wrap covering shops that do vehicle advertising. They have done some nice work on intricate pieces. They have done complete cars in chrome and gold covering. Also the new powdercoat chome finishes baked on as shown on the wheels would be impressive.

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What I would do is fine sand (like 400 or 600 grit) all of the old chrome away by hand down to the bare pot metal. Then, I would probably fill the pits with spot putty, which is really only thick primer, and get the pits out by filling them in with spot putty. Then, I would use METAL ETCHING primer (rust-oleum brand is one, Ace Hrdw) which has zinc I believe that prepares the metal better than standard primer. I would do multiple fine coats, fine sanding (600 grit or higher) and let the build-up of fine coats even out all of the surface anomalies. Then I would do the Ultra Chrome. Also, Rust-Oleum has a chrome an a brass spray paint that looks like the real thing. Then, I would use Krylon Triple Thick Glaze here is what it looks like https://www.walmart.com/ip/22301320?...0glaze&veh=sem to protect the chrome paint. The glaze would protect the chrome paint from scratching, as well as encase it away from the effects of the sun and air which would cause it to oxidize. Good Luck, I enjoy DIYers that refurbish rather than replace. "Sometimes you have more time than money, sometimes you have more money than time, but it is a rare occurrence when you have lots of time AND lots of money for your hobbies!"
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There isn't any chrome paint that comes out looking like chrome. All of them look like paint, some shinier than others but still paint.

Here's a comparison of a dozen or so so-called chrome paints. These paint comparisons are for models, not outdoor uses but your radio bezel won't get any rough, outdoor handling. If you do use spray paint I would start with a high gloss black base with the chrome overcoat and possibly a clear coat over that. Experiment on a scrap piece first.

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I have use Alclad II chrome on several of my model builds..you can buff this product as well..it take some practice to get the right touch...you need to spray it over black lacquer..

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Thanks for the recent responses.
I sent the piece out to be chromed at the shop that did my bumpers in Philly. It went through my restorers shop. True, its been awhile, so I'll need to check on the status. I need to communicate with the restorer as the 55 is going back soon to have the drive train installed and the final effort to finish up the complete restoration after 6 years.
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