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Is there ANY chrome paint you can mask over?

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  • Member since
    February 2006
  • From: Boston
Is there ANY chrome paint you can mask over?
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:14 PM

Without applying Future and ruining the metallic look to begin with.

I see the AK Extreme metal paints pull right off the model when masked, right down to bare styrene.

Testors may hold but the sheen gets pulled off with the Tamiya yellow tape.

I'm building a 1/24 Mercedes Actro truck model and the gas tanks should be chrome but the straps/holders should be the chassis color. 

Also the straps are too "ornate" to just sand off and use evergreen styrene stock to make the straps. I'll lose the detail.

Any ideas?

  • Member since
    August 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Monday, March 18, 2019 3:49 AM
Anyway to paint and mask the straps first?


  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, March 18, 2019 6:43 AM


You might try Gunze Super Metalizer - this paint is really nice and hard when dry, and masking is no problem. Here's what I've been able to do with it:

1:72 Hobby Boss F-84G Thunderjet by Pawel

One question would be it it's shiny enough for you. Otherwise you have to do as Rambo wrote - maybe paint the whole tank body color and just mask the straps and Alclad everything else?

Hope it helps and be sure to post some build pictures! Have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, March 18, 2019 9:03 AM

I have masked over Alclad, though I don't like to.  While the adhesion of alclad is pretty good, adhesive from the tape can change the sheen.  If I do mask over Alclad I like to use Post-it pieces.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, March 18, 2019 9:37 AM

Old testor's "Buffing Metallizer" is good. 

You said "chrome" and "gas tanks'. Wouldn't Future Gloss be useful?

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  • Member since
    February 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Monday, March 18, 2019 11:22 AM

Thanks for the responses,

I have the buffing metalizer. It will pull up.


I can't paint the straps first then mask them because they are not flat, they are more ornate , for lack of a better word. So painting them first and then trying to mask them will be  a nightmare.

Future will always ruin the true metal sheen on any metallic paint.  It simply won't look like true metal, after the Future.  A trade-off some people can accept. I'm trying to avoid that.



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