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#1 Midget Whisperer

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

Hey guys,


I am frustrated.  Every model I build has chrome plated parts that

must be trimmed in very noticeable spots.  I was wondering, what 

do you guys do to not have that ugly "no Chrome" spot on those plated 

parts?  Do you strip the chrome and then use some alcad?  Do you

Paint in the trimmed area with silver or use Bare Metal Foil over it?

Please post if you guys have suggestions.


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:31 PM

BMF works fine but you've got to trim it tiny,

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

Kinda depends on how nice you want the model, where the problem area is and how noticable it's going to be assembled. For small parts that really don't show unless you get a magnifying glass, I just use a silver sharpie. For wheels, I'll strip and refinish with a buffing metalizer or Alclad. Silver Rub-n-Buff works well on smaller areas too. For something like a '50s bumper that has a seam right where it screams at you, either strip it and Alclad the whole thing or strip it and have it re-plated...after fixing the mold seam, of course.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 05 January 2013 - 02:42 PM.

#4 Erik Smith

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

I am to the point I strip the chrome and paint with Alclad chrome or polished aluminum - kit chrome is usually too thick and obscures detail, not to mention mold lines, etc.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

I spray a little puddle of MM "aluminum plate" metalizer on a piece of cardboard, let it gas out for about 10-15 seconds, then rub my finger in the metalizer and "tamp" the metalizer on the bare spot, wait ~15 minutes then buff it out. The metalizer will stick to the bare plastic better than the chrome so when it's buffed out it basically disappears. 

Edited by Mike_G, 06 January 2013 - 08:50 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

I did BMF on my Red Baron kit for all of the chrome pieces.  It's almost impossible to tell they weren't molded that way.  If it's done carefully, BMF is extremely hard to spot.  :)

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

i just use a silver sharpie, I dont build for contests so it satisfies my needs.  Then again it also depends on how big the spot it and where it is to.