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FROM THE December 2010 ISSUE

Duplicating chrome trim

RELATED TOPICS: CHROME | TRIM
Q: I’ve tried to duplicate chrome trim with a silver permanent marker, but I’m not able to get a very straight line. Is there an easy way to take care of this?

Kevin Weeks
via E-mail

Ken: Yes there is: Throw away the marker. There are several more-effective ways to achieve a chrome finish that will look a lot nicer than a silver marker.  

Bare-Metal foil is about the best way, if you don’t have an airbrush (which Kevin says he does not).  Just make sure you burnish it down well with a toothpick or cotton swab, and trim it with a new hobby blade.  
Permanent-marker colors aren’t nearly as tough as paint. They won’t hold up to much handling, and it’s not that easy to get a smooth, even application.  

Another option would be to use Testor’s Metalizer spray cans, which come in a wide range of tones that duplicate metal finishes from Aluminum to Gunmetal to Burnt Exhaust.

Of course, those who have an airbrush have the old favorite, Alclad, in their corner, but there are ways to get good chrome without the benefit of having an airbrush.

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