Restoring Plastic Chrome Trim

https://www.youtube.com/embed/bQotQQYzbsc

Are the old chrome and black badges on your classic losing their luster? Master detailer Tim McNair from Grand Prix Concours uses our Rabbit GTI project to showcase an easy life hack for restoring that faded chrome to concours condition. Presented by CRC Industries

AAZCD
AAZCD HalfDork
4/6/20 9:50 p.m.

That's awesome. I had no idea it was so simple and it's about time for me to start back in on the '81 Scirocco.

slowbird
slowbird Dork
4/6/20 10:31 p.m.

Hey, perfect timing! This stuff works great on model cars, too! laugh

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/6/20 11:05 p.m.

In reply to slowbird :

I've been saying that for years!

Danny Shields (Forum Supporter)
Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
4/7/20 6:32 a.m.

Great tip! Where do you buy the chrome marker pen?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/7/20 8:16 a.m.

Here's the link to the manufacturer, and I see them for sale from various suppliers: Amazon, Etsy, Blick, etc. Yeah, cool product.

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed UltraDork
4/7/20 8:35 a.m.

Awesome.  I am going to order some of this to try. I love restoration ideas as I am constantly restoring something. Thanks for posting.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
4/7/20 8:53 a.m.

Local art supply stores should have them as well.

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed UltraDork
4/7/20 1:47 p.m.
stuart in mn said:

Local art supply stores should have them as well.

Yep.. Since I am stuck at home there is plenty of time to do internet searches. Most art stores carry this as does Hobby Lobby. Shouldn't be a problem picking it up locally except that everything is closed.sad

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/10/20 11:09 a.m.

Yeah, where was this technology when building models in the basement? 

stafford1500
stafford1500 Dork
4/10/20 1:23 p.m.

Another option is aluminum tape and an Xacto knife. That's how we refurbished the grille chrome on the Challenge AMC for 2017.

Crash Enburn
Crash Enburn New Reader
5/11/20 7:32 p.m.

What's the lifespan on the liquid chrome when exposed to the elements? I was under the impression that this was an interior-only thing.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/20 10:43 p.m.
Crash Enburn said:

What's the lifespan on the liquid chrome when exposed to the elements? I was under the impression that this was an interior-only thing.

I asked Tim. He's not sure how long it would last in the elements as it's a new product, but he figures that, for additional protection, you could clear coat it. 

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