Our artist starter kits have all the materials you need to create your finish, minus the expensive spray machinery such as spray guns. They include handheld pump sprayers instead of spray guns. Our professional starter kits have spray guns for applications where they will be used more frequently.
Do the chemicals have a short shelf life?
The chemicals have about six months of shelf-life.
If done correctly, will the results be permanent, or will they fade over time?
If done correctly, the results should be permanent given normal wear and tear.
Does your finished chrome process yellow over time?
Our chrome finish typically does not yellow since an anti-yellowing compensating tint must be added to the topcoat to combat that antique look. Our products typically do not yellow as our silver is of high quality.
Are there any flammable fumes or dangerous chemicals in your products that I should be aware of?
Our products contain some solvents such as toluene, xylene, and ammonia. Therefore, we recommend wearing a respirator while carrying out the process.
Can I do this in my garage?
We recommend having a spray booth or table, but yes, you can carry this out in your garage.
The Silver is Slow to Plate
Metal is slow or will not plate: The reaction is heat sensitive so cold water can cause delayed metalizing. You should also look at the purity of your water. Even as much as 5ppm dissolved solids in the water can prevent the plating process from working. Finally, check the age of the R solution; it can begin to lose potency
Yellow Tint to Top Coat
Excessive Yellow When Top Coat is Applied: A small amount of yellowing is expected and should be quickly neutralized by adding a violet or black tint to the top coat. However, if you are experiencing a lot of yellows that will not neutralize, there are a few things to look for. First is an insufficient deposit of metal. The finish
Rainbow Effect on Top Coat
Rainbow or Crazing Effect when Top Coat is applied: The base coat was not sufficiently cured before metalizing. Allow more time, or use a heat cure.
Spots in the Silver
Spots on the part are not taking the metal finish. There are a few things that can cause this problem. The most common is that the part needs to be sufficiently wetted. You may have noticed the water breaking when spraying SR solutions on the part. On larger parts, you may need to repeat steps 3 and 4 several times.
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