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Transparent colors to go over chrome plating
Hello! I'm looking for a supplier of translucent colors that can be coated over chrome to give a metallic color tone. I know basic blue and red are available in 5 gallon containers. I was told a company called Scwartz sells it in Toronto. I'm sure there must be a place in the US.
I'd really like to get pastel colors for toys I will be plating for Easter. Pink light blue, light green would be nice.
Please let me know if you know a supplier.
- San Diego, California
Hi, Mac. Chrome plating is notoriously difficult to get good adhesion onto. I think you would be better off with chrome-like paint. This usually involves a base coat, followed by a layer with tiny metal flake designed to give a chrome-like shine, followed by a top coat which can be translucent to achieve the colors you seek. The banner ad at the bottom of the page will lead you to suppliers.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
February 19, 2009
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