Metallic plastics?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by juno, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm looking for styrene-style plastics that look like chrome -- only besides chrome I'd need blue chrome (?). I was thinking of formica, but I can't find anything like it. I've seen pictures, but they're from the 70s, and I can't even THINK of what it would be. I remember sheet mylar as a kid, but I don't even know if that's what it's called.

    Any ideas? *Hopeful*
  2. SG Merc

    SG Merc Well-Known Member

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    While not a synthetic material like styrene, I have seen some very nice aluminum which sounds like it would match your colour specifications. If a metal would do, then any craft store should stock thin gauge metal sheets (8x10" I think) that are easily formable.

    I've looked at it myself, and have been impressed, but didn't have a use for it so I passed.

    Again, it is a metal so wouldn't possess any properties of transparency etc.. Nice stuff though.
  3. Trallis

    Trallis Well-Known Member

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    well i don't know where to get any of it, but i recently went to a dinner where the plastic forks and knives all looked like chrome, but when you look close it is semi transparent plastic
  4. Mantroon

    Mantroon New Member

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    What about using a spray like aluclad?
  5. brin

    brin Well-Known Member

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    This might be something you can do...look for metallic placemats.
    I saw some back before Christmas in different colors, and they looked very much like chrome.
    I thought about getting some gold ones to work on a Wonder Woman costume.
  6. AnsonJames

    AnsonJames Sr Member

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    I work in a college and a couple of years ago we bought some sheets of metallic Styrene for vac- forming.
    It's really, really mirror-like in gold and chrome.
    We could only manage very shallow forms before the metallic coating seperated from the Styrene though...
  7. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Anson -- where did you get it -- I'm sure that that's what I need.

    However, there are a lot of good suggestions here.
  8. replicaprops

    replicaprops Official Licensee RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Do your finished model then use monokote to color it.

    I don't think it gets any easier than this.

    MODS may want to archive this in the chrome plating thread
  9. AnsonJames

    AnsonJames Sr Member

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    It came from a company called Central technology supplies here in Dublin however I've just looked in their 2004/2005 catalogue and it aint there no more...

    I'd say it's still available though - if you can get it in Ireland it wouldn't be that hard to come by.


    Edited for spelling
  10. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Monokote was EXACTLY what I was looking for....


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