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How to do "chrome-look" powder coating?

Q. I need to know how to put translucent colors over chrome colors. Do you put the chrome base then bake it, and then put the translucent colors? I've tried a couple of different ways but it does not stick. I'm new to this but want to try a little on my own, I would like to start my own powder coating business.

P.S.: I need help! I would be so grateful for someone's time. Thanks so much. {confused}!

Pat Welch
- Tooele, Utah, United States


Q. I'm getting into powder coating and I'm under the understanding that powder coating is the best as finish that's what I was told . More info would be nice if possible . Thank you

Ron Clarin
- Miami, Florida

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A. If one finishing method were universally better than any other, nobody would ever do the others :-)

So "best" isn't the perfect word, Ron.

But powder coating is a good looking, robust, corrosion resistant, environmentally friendly finish. It is a much better "entry level" finish than wet paint or electroplating in my estimation because of the reduced regulatory burden. I think you're on the right track! But try to get hold of a couple of books on the subject, and try to see a couple of powder coating and shops if you can. Good luck.

Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

A. We are doing chrome powder coating of rims frequently without any trouble and with great success.
We have experience specially with Ferrari sport cars rims, final results is chrome shiny gloss and beautiful finishing.
We also did it to springs, inlet pipes.

Delmer Steer
- Pflugerville, Texas
May 5, 2008

Hi, Delmer. Thanks for participating and for the success story.

Readers: Chrome is a metal: element no. 24 of the periodic table, and it is always applied by electroplating; see our FAQ: Everything You Wanted to Know About Chrome. On this page, though, people are talking about shiny powder coating, they are not talking about chrome. There's nothing wrong with "chrome-look" paint or shiny "chrome-look" powder coating; in some applications, like wheels, it may be better than real chrome plating. But we should be careful to call it "chrome-look" powder coating, and avoid the shortcut of calling it "chrome". If you put this powder coating on the landing gear of a 747 instead of real chrome plating there might be no survivors :-)


Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey
May 5, 2008

A. Hi. I know that this is a little late but the dealings that I have had with chrome powders is that they are a two part system where you put the chrome base then bake and then cover with a clear powder, I have never tried to put a translucent over a chrome but it would probably work just set your machine to powder over a powder coat

March 31, 2010

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