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thanks for the informed tip.especially about the temp range.

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A big thanks for the tips, Dave. I'm just ready to try Alclad for the first time. Looks like I wait for summer now... or maybe turn the thermostat up when the wife's out.. then shut it down and open all the doors. yeah, that's it!!!

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I've used Alclad on small parts, after panting them gloss black. With a brush, I just dab it on, and let it flow, at first its almost invisible, but will lay out and gloss up. Dont clear it ! it will dull out, and dont use too much it will also dull out.

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Cool tips! Very useful! Thanks for posting them!

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where can i get alclad? i can't find it at the local homedepo or lowes.

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Most good hobby shops should carry it. you won't find at any homedepo or lowes

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there are none. i live in merritt island florida, i have comb entire brevard county for hobbies shops and there are none! i live in the suckiest part of the state or country for that matter.

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Just backing up what Dave has said about using clear over black when using Alclad, it is a must do!!! I always use Tamiya gloss black lacquer, and clear, and I have been getting the best results ever. Thanks for all the great tips Dave, maybe the next time I make it to Portland, I can see your shop.....hint, hint.... :angry:

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there are none. i live in merritt island florida, i have comb entire brevard county for hobbies shops and there are none! i live in the suckiest part of the state or country for that matter.

If all else fails------there's always eBay! :lol:

Click here to see a bunch of listings for Aclad. As Dave mentioned, you can't beat it for simple to apply chrome!

As far as any clear coat..............I've heard of guys using Future to protect the finish, and it doesn't seem to affect the reflectivity of the chrome. ;)

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Looking at their web site, it doesn't appear you can order directly from them--------just an information request form.

They do however have a bunch of dealers located in Florida with phone numbers listed, so you have a choice there likewise.

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I have used it lots of times and it works great for me. I use Model Master gloss black enamels, wait an hour and airbrush my Alclad. Here is a picture of a Cobra that my friend built about a year ago. All of the chrome on this kit was in bad shape so he asked me to Alclad it for him. All the chrome on the kit is alcladed including the rims!!!

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Me and Alclad have never gotten along. Thank god I have a buddy who does chroming for all the major car manufactures prototypes and the military. He slips in a few trees of my model parts here and there. It’s some top quality stuff.

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thanks for the help! i got tired of going around to craft stores and hardware stores and they look at me like i am a stupid stoner hippie. thank you alot that will save me from a black eye and a busted lip.! :lol:

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thanks for the help! i got tired of going around to craft stores and hardware stores and they look at me like i am a stupid stoner hippie. thank you alot that will save me from a black eye and a busted lip.! :lol:

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Hey anthony, could your friend do chroming service for someone else besides you?...a phone number?...email address?

Simón P. Rivera Torres

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I'm surprised nobody around these forums is aware that there already is a service DEDICATED to chrome AND gold plating parts for model cars.

Go to http://www.chrometechusa.com/ for information. They specialize in doing exactly what we're talking about here. Sure, there is a little bit of a fee, but their work is amazing. I have not yet hired their services, but I have chatted with theme a few times and their very helpfull. Let's get theme some good buisness and maybe they'll provide discounts for member of this forum?

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i am up for that! and fujimilover that was a good post!

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That's it!, you haven't deal with them. I had twice with horrible experience, won't do again.

Simón P. Rivera Torres

I'm surprised nobody around these forums is aware that there already is a service DEDICATED to chrome AND gold plating parts for model cars.

Go to http://www.chrometechusa.com/ for information. They specialize in doing exactly what we're talking about here. Sure, there is a little bit of a fee, but their work is amazing. I have not yet hired their services, but I have chatted with theme a few times and their very helpfull. Let's get theme some good buisness and maybe they'll provide discounts for member of this forum?

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That's it!, you haven't deal with them. I had twice with horrible experience, won't do again.

Simón P. Rivera Torres

Thanks for sharing that, and sorry it didn't work out :) .

I had heard similar stories, over the years, that's why the 'Water-based chrome sysyem" I invested in.

Thanks again for the WARNING - dave B)

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Dave, I'm going to guess at the 2007 GSL that was your chrome test car? sorry if I am not right on this, But at the same time it made me go out and fine some thing better then what was out there for chroming model parts. I have use Chrome Tech USA and Bob is very good at what he does and I still will use him if I have a lot of stuff to do so I do not have to tree every thing up. But for just little parts and parts that I need done ASAP I found the best bang for the buck is by far ALSA Chrome FX for $160 to get started this stuff will last a long time and you can also clear coat over it with Urethane Clear and it does not lose its shine like all the other chrome paint.

You pick up 8oz of ALSA Chrome FX for just a little over $80, then you have a paint shop mix you up a qurt of 1950 Ply Black This is for the base and then a qurt of your favorit urethane clear (Mine is Du Pont Hot Hues Clear $49 with activator) Out that door. The qt of Black Paint should only run you $15.

You can see three of my cars at the GSL XXII that was done all using the ALSA Chrome FX... and one that has Chrome Tech USA and you would never know the differents in it.

MR BIG I like your chrome but if its like any thing in the pic its getting close to being back to the point of whats in the kit and not looking like real chrome.

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There's also Bare-Metal Foil's chrome foil but it's not suitable for complex parts where you want the "liquid chrome" to cover everything. The bare-metal foil is more suited for window trim, door moldings, door handles, emblems, et'c.

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What's the ''Water-based chrome sysyem" you invested in?

Simón P. Rivera Torres

Thanks for sharing that, and sorry it didn't work out :D .

I had heard similar stories, over the years, that's why the 'Water-based chrome sysyem" I invested in.

Thanks again for the WARNING - dave ;)

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I need help:I stripped the chrome from a set of wheels and applied a coat of black enamel then clear coated them.My question is could I brush paint the Alclad around the ring of the rim so I can leave the spokes black or is Aclad to thin leaving it impossible to brush on without getting any on the spokes.

Myself and several others here have had good luck, brushing the Alclad on in small area's. For me, I always experiment on a scrap piece to figure out what i can do, and what i can't.

Practice makes perfect ( Or close to it :lol: ).

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