Painting chrome black opinion please

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by dr, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Working on my 62 Skylark.
    The car sat in the desert for 20 years very sun faded. Looks like red primer do to age. I'm changing the front suspension and cleaned up the engine bay. I work on glacial time scale but the plan is for the car to be snow white someday. I'm thinking of painting the chrome parts black. The Black (once chrome parts) will be on the old red for a few years.
    What do you think?
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  2. 2001ws6

    2001ws6 last of the v8 interceptors

    I think... Do what makes you happy! Make the car about you! Thats what I do.
  3. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    I like your advice.
  4. JoeBlog

    JoeBlog Platinum Level Contributor

    I learned one thing when I was doing the work on my Wildcat. The only opinion that really matters as to what should or shouldn’t be done to a car is the opinion that belongs to the person doing all the work. Unless you’re hiring some of the work out. Then it belongs to the person who’s paying for everything.
  5. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    That person is me Joe. I agree again. I hate black and red, but this red is hardly red. lol
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  6. Brandon Cocola

    Brandon Cocola Well-Known Member

    Another idea is to paint the trim silver let dry and speckled black paint over it and before it drys wipe it with a paint brush to give it the brushed stainless look. I think it will give it a more modern touch.

    You could try to wet sand and buff your paint and get some gloss back if not when it's flat shoot some clear over it.

    Both could be done with not much money.
  7. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Never thought of that Brandon. I will look into it. Some of the chrome is tight, I imagine I will scuff and paint it, The flaky stuff sand down to base metal.
  8. BBBPat

    BBBPat Well-Known Member

    Dare to be different! I guess I'm pretty luck that all the chrome on my '64 is pretty decent due to be stored inside since 1980. The only problem part is that gramma probably used to idle around town and never really let the car warm up. That caused a ton of condensation to come out the tail pipe, and really heavily rust the chrome right there.

    I have a rechromed bumper on hold from a pal, but for now, its my intent to take a flapper wheel on the grinder and clean the crud off, and then paint the area with MOLOTOW spray paint. The paint pens really look like chrome; maybe the spray will get me by.

    Otherwise, theres the monochrome look (painted body color) which could work due the the sliver size of bumper youre dealing with. Another crazy idea is to do an immersion decal job on it.
  9. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Must be magic! LOL
    I watch those videos and it does not look possible.
    I like black on white body cars. Those bumpers a so thin (and weak) they will not draw much attention. I want black wheels and poverty caps.
    I may start another thread. Is there any thing special about painting over chrome?
  10. BBBPat

    BBBPat Well-Known Member

    Sand it, prime it and paint it. Its only steel, right? When I help Willy on his boat, he's always saying "dont sand the chrome or the glass", and theres a bunch of all of it. Get the crud off the back side and paint it with a heavy coat of rustoleum. Is it pitted on the back really bad? Youll have to grind all that junk out. Since you want to paint the bumpers, its no different than anything else. You can also get them sandblasted for a "profile" for the paint to stick.
  11. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Thanks BBBPat.
    I don't have to sand to bare metal do I? If its tight scuff and paint? I have a friend that soda blast. That would not mess up a bumper do to hear like sand does sheet metal.

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