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  1. Robert Corrigan

    Robert Corrigan Detroit Rob

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    Hey fellas! Just got done spraying my instrument cluster with a “chrome paint” that actually looks awesome. Figured I’d pass on the paint with a pic of the can and finished piece. Seems like it’s darn close to what it looked like original. A lot of chrome paint is pretty crappy or a silver but this surprised me. Figure it cost me $8 with the scuff pad. I got the paint at Hobby Lobby when I wandered away from the wife in which we were picking out a wreath for Halloween.

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    • Mike69cuda

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      Did it cure fully? If so how did you cure it? Mine still finger printed for weeks afterward.
       
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      • Robert Corrigan

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        Yes all cured. I used spray bomb from the pic. Good to go.
         
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        • Mike69cuda

          Mike69cuda 64 is the new 17 FABO Gold Member

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          How long did it take to cure? Room temp?
           
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          Krylon dries fast.
          Rustoleum takes forever, and a day.
           
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            Did you mask any part off, or spray it everywhere?
             
          • Robert Corrigan

            Robert Corrigan Detroit Rob

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            I did everywhere to replicate the new ones theY sell. No reactions and is uniform looking. Pulled the center circles out of the gauge covers and sprayed those as well. Took an hour to dry. I’ve sprayed a lot of chrome paints but this one is real close, it surprised me. Figured if it looked like garbage I was on the hook for a repo one on eBay. Might even spray bottom of my arm rests the same way. I’m a newbie at Mopar’s and mechanics so thought I finally could contribute to the site. A lot of people have been gracious to me when I have questions.
             
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            • Tims 66 Cuda

              Tims 66 Cuda Mopar mid life crisis

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              Thanks for the DIY. Wish I had found tat before I did my cluster. Tryed the Spaztics Mirror Chrome, Didnt work well for me. I shot the whole thing with Mopar Argent wheel paint and I,m satisfied

              Thanks again Tim
               
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              Much better than the old "Bumper Chrome" spray paint that people used to use, which was never very shiny.
              I have a can of Krylon Premium "Silver Foil Metallic", stating "True Metal-like Finish". It is a thin 8 oz can I bought maybe 10 years ago at Ace. Perhaps they renamed it. I used it to recoat the plastic armrests in my 1965 Newport, which came out as shiny as chrome.

              Prior to that, for my 1965 Dart instrument cluster, I removed all the factory chrome (real or paint?) by soaking in SuperClean (Walmart) for a few days (recommended by model builders). The base plastic was yellowish. I took them to a chromer in Sacramento who uses a chemical coating process, more like spray painting. I had read about it and saw youtubes. They charged $105 for all the dash plastic and it looked just like chrome plating. Indeed, it is claimed more rugged. The cluster in my 1964 Valiant looked OK, so I didn't paint it when I had it on the bench. I don't know if factory coating or someone sprayed it. I would have tried the Krylon spray if it needed it. Probably best to strip it to raw plastic first. Probably a spray of plastic adhesion primer first (Ace) would be best. The Krylon can mentions primer, but looks like just the boiler-plate instructions for all their spray paints.
               
            • Robert Corrigan

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              The main thing is to do a wax and grease remover first. A water based product. I’ve had wax and grease remover that is solvent melt stuff. Years of armor all and who knows what I removed. Sprayed pretty easy but I definitely held my breath for the fish eyes that didn’t show up. Here is a finished photo. Now I just got clean up the connections on the back. I’m thinking rubbing alcohol. 6C31229A-EE23-4CBE-92EB-E5B0E9C70626.jpeg
               
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              • SSVDP

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                Great job!
                Another tip I got from modelers was placing the can in hot tap water but be careful as this thins the paint so it runs rather easily.
                 
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                  Looks awesome. There should be an electrical cleaner for the circuit boards that may work better than rubbing alcohol?
                   
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