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Just wondering if anyone has used Molotow Liquid Chrome Markers to touch up chrome. I ran into some the other day. They run about $11.69 so I don't want to get any if they don't work that well.

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If you do some searches in this forum and in General, you will find several whole threads on these things. 

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I love the Molotow pens.  You can easily touch up the sprue attachment points for chrome parts (after sanding those points smooth)...  Use them to chrome steering wheel horn rings, vent window posts, interior door handles & window cranks, dashboard details, etc...  I've even used them to touch up sanded off mold lines on bumpers (can't notice a difference between the kit chrome & Molotow touch ups)...  I've also used them to chrome a resin bumper/grille and was very satisfied with the result.

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They work pretty good but no replacement for well applied Bare Metal Foil IMO. I'm still trying to apply that stuff well. 😀

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4 minutes ago, cobraman said:

They work pretty good but no replacement for well applied Bare Metal Foil IMO. I'm still trying to apply that stuff well. 😀

I agree.

The pens have a lot of great applications in our hobby, but for me, they will never replace foil or kit chrome.

 

 

Steve

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I love mine. As with any paint, surface prep is key to a good result. I use them regularly and am very pleased with the result. I wish someone made one that would give a comparable result for shiny brass.

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I would have loved them had they not completely quit working after the first use.

I've shaken them till I thought my arm would fall off... I've pumped them, I've dipped them in alcohol... I've stored them every direction physics will allow and they just do not work for me, but u really wish they did. 

The product inside them is amazing... the tip or whatever is completely garbage.

 

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4 hours ago, LL3 Model Worx said:

I would have loved them had they not completely quit working after the first use.

I've shaken them till I thought my arm would fall off... I've pumped them, I've dipped them in alcohol... I've stored them every direction physics will allow and they just do not work for me, but u really wish they did. 

The product inside them is amazing... the tip or whatever is completely garbage.

 

You're better off applying the ink with a brush anyway.

It's much easier to control that way.

 

Likewise, a lot of guys air brush it on for larger areas.

 

I agree, I don't care at all for the tips either.

 

 

Steve

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   You can buy the empty markers also!  I have a few I got on clearance

at Hobby Lobby a year back, or so!! 

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5 hours ago, LL3 Model Worx said:

I would have loved them had they not completely quit working after the first use.

I've shaken them till I thought my arm would fall off... I've pumped them, I've dipped them in alcohol... I've stored them every direction physics will allow and they just do not work for me, but u really wish they did. 

The product inside them is amazing... the tip or whatever is completely garbage.

 

My brand new one didn't work at all.  I tried everything and got zilch out of it.  I thought that it was dry.  I ended up taking it apart and rolling the felt thing or what ever it is that's in the middle of the pen and lo and behold that was enough to get it started.

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1 hour ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

You're better off applying the ink with a brush anyway.

It's much easier to control that way.

 

Likewise, a lot of guys air brush it on for larger areas.

 

I agree, I don't care at all for the tips either.

 

 

Steve

I've given that some thought actually... just buy the larger "refill" bottle and use it as brush paint.

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27 minutes ago, showrods said:

My brand new one didn't work at all.  I tried everything and got zilch out of it.  I thought that it was dry.  I ended up taking it apart and rolling the felt thing or what ever it is that's in the middle of the pen and lo and behold that was enough to get it started.

I pulled mine out also... it was very wet... mine will even pool up around the tip but never actually flow from it. weird... and for the price, totally unacceptable.

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I really like the 'chrome' inside these things, but once I got the tip primed on mine, it started flowing too freely! Sometimes, I hafta blot a little on a paper towel to keep from getting 'out-of-bounds' on my work.

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27 minutes ago, Bucky said:

I really like the 'chrome' inside these things, but once I got the tip primed on mine, it started flowing too freely! Sometimes, I hafta blot a little on a paper towel to keep from getting 'out-of-bounds' on my work.

Wow, these things seem major inconsistent at best! Lol!!

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I've hated the tips too.  My last pen, the paint was not mixed well, never got it to look as good as the first pen.

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I only use them on interiors and engines or other parts that dont need much handling. I use foil for body trim as the body gets handled more and molotowe isn't very hard wearing

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Posted (edited)

These are so good at chrome they should be in everyone's tool kit! Everyone likes to bash them about small things but when results are this good just take in stride.

One thing is, they have to applied looking like you put too much on ... thick and bubbly. This is the way .. when it dries it will be tight to the part and shiny!

 

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I have mixed reaction to these pens.  I was trying to do real fine trim around a window area.  All went well until I tried to turn the corner and the pen "puked" down the side of the car.  Up until that point I was pretty well satisfied with the application.  Maybe I held it too long in one place or possibly put a bit more pressure while making the turn, either way I have to strip the car and start over.

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I've been using a Decocolor pen for some time now and really can not see the difference between it and BMF on small stuff like trim around windows and small scripts. But it looks a bit smeared on large parts. Plus its never has dried up or puked on the paint.LOL

Edited by Oldschool4x4

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3 hours ago, Oldschool4x4 said:

I've been using a Decocolor pen for some time now and really can not see the difference between it and BMF on small stuff like trim around windows and small scripts. But it looks a bit smeared on large parts. Plus its never has dried up or puked on the paint.LOL

Where did you find the Decocolor pen?

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4 hours ago, TarheelRick said:

I have mixed reaction to these pens.  I was trying to do real fine trim around a window area.  All went well until I tried to turn the corner and the pen "puked" down the side of the car.  Up until that point I was pretty well satisfied with the application.  Maybe I held it too long in one place or possibly put a bit more pressure while making the turn, either way I have to strip the car and start over.

Have you tried just taking the Molotow off with rubbing alcohol? That might work depending on what your underlying paint is. 

It might also be possible to polish the Molotow off and save your paint. 

Just throwing out some ideas. 

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The underlying paint was actually Future over a polished body.  So I dipped the whole body into Windex with ammonia and it cleaned it right up.  Had to repolish a couple of areas, reapplied the Future, and left the small chrome trim black.

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1 hour ago, Bucky said:

Where did you find the Decocolor pen?

I think it was at Hobby Lobby, but then its been a while.

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