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Hi everyone, I know this goes against the chrome everything train of thought but my budjet is tight and I'd rather see shiny paint than rusty chrome but I've never been able to make the paint stay. I hope someone knows the secret, I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks, Bob
 

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just a guess, but I'd think you'd have to remove the chrome - maybe by sandblasting?
 

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Hi everyone, I know this goes against the chrome everything train of thought but my budjet is tight and I'd rather see shiny paint than rusty chrome but I've never been able to make the paint stay. I hope someone knows the secret, I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks, Bob
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All you have to do is sand with 400 / 600 grit sandpaper to remove (all) the shine. Clean, prime and paint. It's not the chrome that is the problem it's the shine on the chrome. Didthe fenders on my 76five years ago and still same as new. No chips or peeling. In other words exactly the same any other paint job.
 

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If you want the paint to stick, you need to make sure the surface is very clean, and you need to bake the paint. Baked enamel really sticks. You may need to heat a big part with a torch before painting if you don't have an oven.
 

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I have use a wirebrush in my drill to rough up the area first. Using this method I have painted over many a chrome piece with much success.



Chrome won't get you home ;)



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I'm with the 400 grit sandpaper. If you go to rough it will show sand sratches(especially if you use black). . If you don't go rough enough, it will peal off. Paint does not like to stick to smooth surfaces! Most Painters finish with 400 grit before applying paint. And some will wet sand with 400 grit before applying paint. And yes, make sure the surface is Clean before you start. Ther are lots of layers of wax on these bikes. Having said that, you should get a solvent to remove grease and wax before you start. Otherwise, your paint may fisheye on you. Trust me on this. I have painted cars when someone was outside the shop waxing a car and it caused my paint to ficheye!!! Clean it with solvent first before you start. Oh, if its rusty you may want to start out with more gritty sandpaper and use a bonding primer. Your loacal auto paint store should fix you up with all you need. Most of the time they are knowlegable. Good luck with your project.
 
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