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Old 10-12-2021, 11:29 PM
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Default Molotow Liquid “Spray” Chrome?

Got around to doing some testing tonight…

I like the Molotow Liquid Chrome pens for bezels and fine line trim areas, but it isn’t good beyond pen width. I like the 4mm, but honestly if you’re doing a long trim line you better be perfect and steady and also hope the pen doesn’t drip too much chrome onto the tip. Running the side or shaft of the pen tip is good up to almost 1/4”. Making a second pass to cover a wider area leaves obvious “brush” strokes.

I played around tonight on some of my dash and glovebox material. It’s not great by any means so it was a good starting point. The original “chrome” on it was all but just the shiny black base that’s left behind.

I learned a lot about how this stuff likes to be sprayed. I’ll test more, but it doesn’t seem to care about needing a black base or light coat like many of the premium spray chromes. The pens unscrew to be refilled, so loading it up in my gun was simple. I couldn’t find my airbrushes but that may have helped. Closest thing I could find was my LPH-80 mini (micro?) gun.

Here are some pics of my test piece. This is my second attempt made tonight:
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:35 PM
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My apologies… I guess this should be in “interiors” instead of “Body Shop”, but I thought there were recent posts on this topic here, and it gets much more visibility/responses.

I forgot to mention that in the pics above I have tape over the simulated wood grain. That might explain the crinkly look in the one area.

The reflections are high enough to read text nearly a foot away, as well as up close.

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Old 10-13-2021, 06:42 AM
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I think that looks excellent.
So you just dumped the refill into the air gun and shot it as is?

Any idea on how it holds up to mild chemicals that might be used for cleaning, maybe pledge, armor all etc.?

I'm in the same boat as you, chrome on my dash is so completely missing it looks like it was made with shiny black plastic only.

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"chrome on my dash is so completely missing it looks like it was made with shiny black plastic only"

Vacuum metalizing process in many situations is only as good as the paint job that protects it. Eluded to in step 5 here:

https://www.vacuum-metalizing.com/wh...um-metalizing/

Keep in mind how long ago these factory parts were done.

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Thanks for posting this on the chrome pens and refills airbrushing etc . Didn’t know about these .

There site shows
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That result looks pretty much identical to what l wound up with using Spaz Sticks spray on. I did mine years ago and no degradation yet. It was only $8 a bottle and I used about a half of one.

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I think that looks excellent.
So you just dumped the refill into the air gun and shot it as is?

Any idea on how it holds up to mild chemicals that might be used for cleaning, maybe pledge, armor all etc.?

I'm in the same boat as you, chrome on my dash is so completely missing it looks like it was made with shiny black plastic only.
Yep- went straight from the pen reservoir into the gun. No need to thin at all.

I’ll test how well it holds up after it sits for a few days. I want to see how it handles some clear too.

It really doesn’t behave like the other more expensive chromes at all. No need for a perfect glossy base before spraying. This stuff also likes a heavy wet coat. Any dry spraying just turns to a haze. I had to open up the fan on my gun to make a final pass covering the whole piece.

Here’s another pic showing some reflections. This is honestly the most chrome like material I’ve ever sprayed. It has true mirror look to it.
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I've been collecting links to products in threads about chrome sprays for plastic. Probably don't want to spend the money to test them all so this information is helpful. Gotta say, so far this product seems to replicate the original chrome better than most others I've seen. Not that the original dash chrome was excellent to begin with

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I had fiberglass bumpers done in CosmiChrome, very pleased with the results

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Sometimes getting old isn't so bad .... so I was thinking about Molotow and I remember I had a "chrome pin" in my tool box so I took it out to mess with it ... turns out it was a Molotow pen, yes it works quite nice and will be absolutely fine for the small detail lines. Will try spraying some through my detail gun in the next month or so.

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As expected the 2K clear killed the “real” chrome look. I’ll update this when I redo the job with the appropriate chrome sealer. I communicated with the manufacturer of the sealer that appears to be the best on the market right now and they said there is no stock in the US at this moment and they will not have any to export until June at the earliest.

I do have some on the way (ETA 4-10 weeks) from a seller out of Taiwan via eBay so I’ll update when it arrives. The product is “E7 S-02 Chrome Sealer”.

I’ll include a pic of my dash after spraying. I wouldn’t say it’s horrible by any means, but after seeing what appeared to be real chrome shot from a spray gun, it was disheartening to lose even 10-20% of that look to the clear. The panel is kinda junk anyways with the stereo cutout and a layer of clear disbonding off the simulated wood, so I’ll be back in there eventually. Don’t look too closely at the chrome rings around the gauges, I was still messing with some different ways to flow the Molotow onto them evenly.

I’ll toss in some pics that’ll be in an upcoming post documenting my cluster rebuild.
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I ended up using Rustoleum "chrome" spray paint. Not bad, not going to fool anyone. Falls about right in the middle between silver and chrome.

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Same with the Spaz Stix. Mine still looks good after a decade but l learned from the get-go that clear kills the effect. Learned it with the Killer Chrome so l never used it on the Spaz Stix.

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Have'nt tryed this product but looks good. https://youtu.be/KBtdU10PIcE

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Have'nt tryed this product but looks good. https://youtu.be/KBtdU10PIcE
That demo is pretty impressive...

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This is the most recent spray chrome clear coat info I have found. https://youtu.be/kB9wwCyG1dw

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