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Painting chrome parts?

Old 08-02-10, 01:07 AM
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Painting chrome parts?

Has anyone on here ever painted chrome parts? (stems, seat post etc..)
If so what tips can you lend to make sure the quality looks good.

Im a noob, sorry
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You'll need to strip off the chrome plating first so paint can properly adhere to the frame. You can do that with sandblasting.... but there are other methods which i have forgotten and perhaps somebody cares to post.
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Chrome is plated on, which will cost you a lot of money to do so.

Why not just get a high polished seatpost and stem?



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you cant paint over chrome... the paint will just flake off afterwards cuase the chrome is too smooth... even if you use primer, etc...

You'll need to strip off the chrome plating first so paint can properly adhere to the frame. You can do that with sandblasting.... but there are other methods which i have forgotten and perhaps somebody cares to post.
you can find this special sandpaper for sanding metal by hand - it think its just called "metal sandpaper"

ive used this on steel and aluminum - i dunno if it works on chrome, but its def cheaper than finding someone to sandblast for you, so might as well just get some for like 5 bucks and try it first
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ODB isn't talking about frames. Most stems and seatposts aren't "chrome", but rather polished aluminum. They can be painted if you first dull the high polish with some low-grit steel wool, prime using a self-etching primer and then paint. It's a pain in the ass but it can be done.
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