Best Aluminum Finish Paint?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Mechinyun, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Mechinyun

    Mechinyun Sr Member

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    Hey looking for some recomendations for aluminum paint.

    Going to be covering a pretty large prop with it, needs to be able to windstanding handling pretty well also. Im looking for some really shiny, almost polished aluminum type look. :)


    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Mechinyun

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    Anyone?

    I know alclad is out there, just had no experience with it and it comes in such a small amount/expensive. I heard it flakes off easy too?

    Thoughts on alternatives?

    Thanks.
     
  3. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have never had Alclad flake on any project I used it on. Although, I am very meticulous with my surface prep and priming. What are you covering?

    JDH

     
  4. Mechinyun

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  5. Jedirick

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    I've been simply fascinated with the results from Alclad paints. Holding up to handling is one of their best characteristics. If some chipped, I would think it was either a problem with undercoat preparation or to heavy a single application. That's easy to do because the stuff looks so sweet laying down as you make each pass it looks even better. Takes some self control to avoid build up.

    ONLY problem I ever had was being stupid and applying a crap clear coat spray and clouding the finish.:(
     
  6. Great_Bizarro

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    Aluminum needs an enchant prior to a primer. A mild acid like vinegar will work, but check with a paint store for their suggestions. Aluminum requires special attention for the paint to adhere to it. Put down a nice glossy black then cover with alcad.
     
  7. PHArchivist

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    I think he's trying to replicate aluminum, not paint on to aluminum.

    Alclad Chrome will give you a polished aluminum or weathered nickel type finish. I've considered it for a large project too (R2 dome -- that what you're doing?).

    Next in line for me would be Testors Buffing Aluminum Plate. Comes in standard rattle can so is easier for large projects, but the finish isn't as good as Alclad.
     
  8. vaderdarth

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    GM Silver by Duplicolor always worked well for me. :)

    Dave
     
  9. Mechinyun

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    Thanks for the tips guys, keep um coming.

    I'm having a rocketeer rockpack painted. Like in my pic over there <--. I am trying to see what options are out there. And yeah I am looking to paint the kit aluminum. Im not 100% sure what its made of, but I think its like a resin/Polyurethane material.

    Glad to hear some good stuff on alclad, but I dunno if it would be cost effective considering how big the pack is vs. how small a bottle of that paint is. Intresting that clear coating it would screw up the finish. Didnt know that.
     
  10. moffeaton

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    I'm having my pack plated, then I'm scuffing it with scotchbrite... wheee.
     
  11. Jedirick

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    Wouldn't advise telling the plater that. :D
     
  12. moffeaton

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    They've actually done that before with a Rocketeer pack - they're the ones that gave me the idea ;)
     
  13. rocketeer25

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    I hadn't heard of any successful attempts at plating a pack... if you've got any more info on that, it would be greatly appreciated. :)

    And I've got Rocketbob's painting tutorial stashed around here somewhere... if anyone would like a peek at how he did his, I'm sure I could dig it up. Life's been crazy, so it might be a day or two before I can get it posted. Heck, maybe Bob will post it up himself. :)
     
  14. Rocketbobs

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    Hey man-
    If you have that tutorial post away. I dont have it anymore. I could redo it I suppose. I do have pictures of my pack with the "special" paint process. Oh-Ah.

    The first shots here are before I brushed the paint.

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  15. SWFreak

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    How about silver rub-n-buf?
     
  16. Mechinyun

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    Bob your pack looks fantastic. Cant wait....
     
  17. Mechinyun

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    Yeah please. If you can dig it up, please post or shoot me an email with it, fen2k@yahoo.com

    :love
     
  18. Talisen

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    I would also be very interested in finding out more about how you got that amazing looking finish.
     
  19. TFrosst

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    Can you post the tutorial? please
     
  20. rocketeer25

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    Here is Rocketbob's tutorial as he posted it at Finhead Central.

    And thanks to Pilot for the image hosting.. :)
     
  21. TFrosst

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    That's the one I was looking for for the pack. Thanks a lot Rocketeer 25. Now, do you have the one for the flaps? the one on how to layer the candy apple colors?
     
  22. TFrosst

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    Nevermind. I finally remember where I saw it. Here it is for anyone that wants to know.

    "The burn effect on the flaps. Okay.
    You have to paint backwards. Outside first to the middle. I used Boyd's candyapple colors. They are trasparent when applied thin in an airbrush.
    Brass/yellow stripes first on the outside like a "V" Then hot pink further towards the middle, then teal, blue, then purple and in the center matt black.

    I have a screen used Rocketpack and that is how it looks...it took a bit to figure it out! Each flap of my pack is different. All the Disney pack parts got jumbled and swapped around at some point

    Same treatment on the engines...but you paint the engines all dark metal color and then paint a layer of silver everywhere you want color. Then paint over the silver with your color. Since the color goes over the silver and the black you get that "I got really hot" look."


    Hope Rocketbobs doesn't mind I posted this.
     
  23. rayra

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    I don't think that Testors Buffing metallics can even be handled without marring their finish, can they? And any clearcoat destroys teh surface.
    It it was something going in a display case, or safely out of reach, they'd be good though.
     
  24. rayra

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    Lacquer clearcoats will screw up any metallic paint. The solvent in the clear lifts / disturbs the particles in the metallic, dulling / marring the finish (never have tried a wax, though, hmmm). ETA: Futura works well because it is basically clear acrylic paint.

    And ALCLAD comes in a more economical 4oz bottle last I checked. Might even be enough for such a project, applied thinly / properly.
     
  25. rayra

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    RocketBob, that's some awesome looking work, well done.
     

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