Hydro Chrome - Spray on Chrome Kits
Spray on chrome is fast becoming one of the most popular customisation techniques used today. It allows you to create a flawless and professional chrome effect finish. Custom Creation Paints have developed a unique spray on chrome system that allows you to give a chrome finish to almost any surface including plastic. Generally, spray on chrome is used as a decorative mirror effect finish by model makers, prototype makers, decorative ornament manufacturers, and traditional mirror makers but the items it could be applied to are endless. Custom Creation Paints do not recommend spray on chrome to be used on cars, motorbikes and other automotive items like wheels as it would not stand up to this level of wear and tear.
Hydro chrome is the name given to the spray on chrome kit by Custom Creation Paints. The kit transforms any object, into a brand new, chrome effect product. The spray on chrome kit has become the latest innovation to Custom Creation Paints advanced custom paint finishes. The spray on chrome system enables non-commercial and non-specialists to achieve the same effect on a smaller scale and smaller budget. Hydrochrome spray on chrome is designed to use trigger sprayer bottles which can effectively apply a mirror effect on smaller areas. For chroming larger items, a larger kit with a dual chambered air fed spray gun which holds a larger quantity of chroming solutions would be required. If you wanted to operate spray on chrome services on a commercial scale, Custom Creation Paints can also supply 20L pressure tanks.
The spray on chrome system is designed for small areas because the trigger sprayer bottles are less efficient than spray guns and therefore require a far greater amount of chrome solutions.
The spray on chrome process itself is surprisingly straightforward but definitely recommend that you have a bit of practice before using it so you can get a greater understanding how the system works before you start your project, again always start with very small items like a phone case, then move up to the larger items once you are confident in using it.
To use spray on chrome firstly a coat of sensitizer is applied, to prepare the surface for the application of the spray on chrome containing the silver nitrate, to ensure the chrome paint becomes chemically bonded to the surface. Water is rinsed over the item to make it ready for the silvering solutions to be applied. The silvering chrome solutions use real silver nitrate and not harmful traditional chroming chemicals to achieve the desired effect. The spray on chrome is rinsed again with distilled water before the application of an anti-oxidant. Compressed air is then used to dry the product. Once the item is dry, you apply specially formulated tinted chrome effect lacquer to prevent the yellowing, For outside use you can finish it with 3-4 layers of 2K UV guard lacquer. Custom Creation Paints have been running independent tests on spray on chrome and have noticed a slight change in colour after 11 months outside.
Although there are now many other competitors; SpectraChrome who offer a spray on chrome application pack, Chrome FX, who use expensive equipment to apply the same chrome chemicals, Chrome Solutions and silver nitrate to achieve the chrome effect, but with a far greater price tag. The new Fantachrome which uses the same water based chrome solution, creating chrome for plastic using the same spray on chrome spray, however again for a high cost and, lastly Cosmic Chrome who provide the chrome effect to large vehicles and objects, needless to say, again going to set you back a fortune. Despite SpectraChrome, Chrome FX, Fantachrome and Cosmic Chrome all costing a comparably small fortune, all of these companies use the same chrome spray technology that Custom Creation Paints do to achieve their chrome effect. However Custom Creation Paints pride themselves in providing high quality products but at a lower cost so that anyone can achieve a quality spray on chrome effect, whether you're using a spray on chrome kit or the double chambered commercial spray guns.
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