Best rattle can chrome/metal paint?

Monkeyboi69

New Member
I am looking to practice painting and weathering a Quake logo before I paint some larger projects I have on my bench.

I need a decent metal paint as a base layer and have been very unhappy with sparkly acrylic paints and unfortunately I do not have a airbrush yet or I'd buy some Alclad in a heartbeat, be a few months till I can buy one unfortunately.

I can get Duplicolor Chrome and Rustoleum Chrome here in town but if something is better I'd be willing to grab it off Amazon.
 

Rogviler

Well-Known Member
If you have an Ace store, their Ace Rust Stop Aluminum is VERY shiny, really looks like polished aluminum if you prep right.

-Rog
 

Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
Alclad actually sells a chrome in a rattle can believe it or not! I’m not sure if I can link it, but give it a google and you should be able to find a seller. I used it once, and while it isn’t as nice of a finish as their airbrush paints, it should be pretty close if you put the proper prep work in. Spaz Stix makes one too, which looks very similar.
You’ll still want a smooth gloss black base, and you have to lightly dust it on in layers. Leave it to dry for a good few hours and then lightly wipe away any dust with a clean dry cloth.

As long as you don’t use alcohol to thin your weathering colors you shouldn’t have to seal it. Acrylics thinned with water only. Rattle can sealers will unfortunately turn the chrome into a dull grey, so you’ll want to avoid them if possible.
 

Monkeyboi69

New Member
Oh I did not know that, I'll have to check to see if I can find that.

Thankfully most of my stuff is for display so a sealer isn't 100% required
 

foldart

Active Member
Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome lacquer is really shiny but moderately pricey and requires many coats. I think it's actually intended for spraying the inside surface of clear car bodies, but it seems to work OK on exterior. I've tested it a little but haven't used it on a "real" piece.

Less expensive but almost as shiny are two other alternatives: VHT Plate Finish (automotive) and Ace Metallic "Mirrored Silver" (Ace Hardware). Both are enamels. I'm pretty happy with both of those.
 

Monkeyboi69

New Member
Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome lacquer is really shiny but moderately pricey and requires many coats. I think it's actually intended for spraying the inside surface of clear car bodies, but it seems to work OK on exterior. I've tested it a little but haven't used it on a "real" piece.

Less expensive but almost as shiny are two other alternatives: VHT Plate Finish (automotive) and Ace Metallic "Mirrored Silver" (Ace Hardware). Both are enamels. I'm pretty happy with both of those.
That's two now that recommends the Ace hardware one, not even sure we have Ace hardware up here
 

Empiricus

Active Member
Molotov liquid chrome is the best with Alcald Clear Kote or clear urethane sealer (marker or airbrushed), Spaz Stix but you need base paint and sealer from them too( the cans are very small only contain 3.5oz), Alcald paints are fantastic but for larger projects way too expensive. Would get an airbrush though cheaper in the long run as you usually need much less paint than a whole can.
 
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