How To Apply Spray Chrome Step By Step
When you want to add chrome features to your craft, decoration, artwork or car, you will find that using PChrome has many advantages over traditional chrome plating. A high-quality spray on chrome, PChrome allows you to apply chrome on site in your garage or shop at a much more reasonable cost. It is easy to use, and if you follow the simple steps below, you’ll be able to add chrome features to almost any material with which you are working. Here are the steps involved when you want to know how to apply spray chrome.
Mix your solutions
When your kit arrives, you will see several bottles of solutions marked with S, R, D and W. For the S, R and D solutions, you will mix one part of the solution with 30 milliliters of deionized water in three separate spray bottles. You will also mix the W solution with deionized water, using 4 parts of it to every 30 milliliters of water. Once you have your solutions mixed, you are ready to move on to the fun part.
Making the base coat
Next, you will be mixing your base coat. For this, mix equal parts of your 2KA base coat and your 2KB hardener together with 20 percent of your 2K black reducer. Make sure the surface that you are chroming is smooth. If necessary, sand out any rough spots and apply a good quality automotive primer. After you have mixed your base coat and prepared your surface, you are ready to apply your base coat. It is best to do so with even back-and-forth sprays with your spray gun, working your way from the bottom to the top of whatever it is that you are chroming. After you have applied your base coat, clean your spray gun with paint thinner or acetone, and allow your base coat time to cure. At room temperature, you should allow the base coat to cure for 24 hours.
How to apply spray chrome
Apply the top coat
Next, you are going to sensitize the surface using the sensitizer solution you already mixed up, which is the W solution. Spray it generously over the surface. Then, spray the D solution all over the surface using your single-nozzle spray gun. After doing so, rinse the surface with deionized water, reapply the sensitizer and respray with your D solution. Then, thoroughly rinse the surface again with deionized water. Don’t let the surface dry. Instead, immediately apply your spray chrome. You should feed solutions S and R into your dual-nozzle sprayer and spray the entire surface from the bottom to the top. Repeat this process until you have your desired effect. As soon as you are finished applying the chrome, blow off any water droplets and dry it before moving on.
For the top coat, mix equal parts of 2KA and 2KB together with your clear 20 percent reducer. Don’t apply this mixture until your part is completely dry. For every 125 milliliters of top coat solution you mix, add 1 milliliter of violet to it. This helps to counteract the yellowing that could otherwise occur. Use light passes to mist your top coat on. Allow the top coat to fully harden, which will take up to 48 hours. At that point, you can apply a second top coat if you want.
Clean your gun
Make sure to thoroughly clean your gun when you are finished chroming your part. When you follow these steps for how to apply spray chrome, you’ll find that it is much easier than you might have otherwise believed.