Thats a good point Art. The ' chrome ' sprues that come in our kits are a completely different to real chromed metal. All these Metalizers and Alclad, Spaz Stix ect give us a good range of products to play with and allow us to achieve a variety of different finishes.
I used Tamiya enamel as a base on that test and I have tried these metalizers over lacquer and 2K clear coat all with the same result. These metalizers look like powdered pencil in their containers which I think is why they come out like they do. If you look at the result they give by themself on a mirror smooth surface they look great with a chrome refection. Its when you compare them side by side with kit chrome that you see a stark contrast. I think these metalizers can have a lot of different uses but I don't see them as a way of refurbishing kit chrome that is damaged or worn.
This is the chrome sprue from Revells' 50 Ford F1. To the left is how it came out of the box and on the right half I sprayed it with Tamiya X13 Enamel Metallic blue then applied C1 Models Metalizer. I get the same result with Kosutte Ginsan and changing the base color will only alter the color of the tint slightly. I can never get anything other than a dark chrome look
I can easily get the shine that kit chrome has but i can't get the color to look the same. Used over black I get a black chrome look and applying them over other colors will give me a tint of the base color. Applied over a base of white I get a yellow tint. Maybe I'm just being too fussy. These metalizers do work great for giving a chrome like finish but I wouldn't be using them to replace kit chrome on parts like bumpers.
I've got both the C1 metallizer and Kosutte Ginsan powder here and find both will give a mirror reflection when applied over a super smooth wet look finish. No matter what base color I've used i've never been able to get either to look like kit chrome though.
Maybe its still a work in progress and they will be getting around to putting up a half decent catalogue of their products. When I click on AMT for example its just a long drop down list of kits all jumbled up At the very least they need to separate the cars/ trucks/ planes/ military.