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65slotcar

polished aluminum on wheels

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looking for best method  to replicate  polished aluminum   on  wheel rims.  Has  anyone tried   C1-metalizer?

thanks,

Bill

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3 hours ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

Alclad Polished Aluminum.

 

Steve

Yup. 

I actually don’t know how much difference there is between polished aluminum and regular chrome at 1:25 scale, especially on a small part like a wheel. I’ve never sprayed them side by side to compare...

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2 minutes ago, Erik Smith said:

Yup. 

I actually don’t know how much difference there is between polished aluminum and regular chrome at 1:25 scale, especially on a small part like a wheel. I’ve never sprayed them side by side to compare...

There is not a huge difference.

But, the polished aluminum would most likely look better in this application.

 

Steve

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thanks  Steve,    i picked some  alcad II   gloss black  base  , polished  aluminum  and   airframe  aluminum  to try out  .  will try to get some results posted.   going for  the dirty side of polished aluminum  since  rims are for a 60's race car.  

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My go to for polished aluminum is rattle can chrome - either type, auto parts store or craft store - sometimes available in the small cans - not really as bright as chrome so it makes a good polished aluminum -easier than Alclad and a durable finish that can take some handling during assembly.  covers well, minimal prep.  There is a slight variation between brands.  Someday I will try Alclad for a comparison, but for now happy with rattle can chrome.

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1 hour ago, 65slotcar said:

thanks  Steve,    i picked some  alcad II   gloss black  base  , polished  aluminum  and   airframe  aluminum  to try out  .  will try to get some results posted.   going for  the dirty side of polished aluminum  since  rims are for a 60's race car.  

I wouldn't bother with the gloss base for the polished aluminum Alclad.

Just a basic primer will give you a better aluminum finish.

with a gloss base, it becomes too much like chrome.

 

Steve

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will  test  on junk wheels,  wheels should have little shine.

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You might want to try Alclad "Dark Aluminum" for that.

Polished aluminum will be brighter.

 

Steve

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