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PostPosted: Sun 27 Apr 2014 13:17 pm 
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Hi,

I have a matchbox Packard Victoria in my stash and I have just started building it. I don't like the chrome parts; its too shiny and doesn't look real. I read from some model forums that the chrome can be removed by dipping it in Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner. I would like to know what paint I should use to get an authentic metal finish for the metal parts, such as the radiator, metal rims of windows, etc.

I would be grateful for any advice.

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PostPosted: Sun 27 Apr 2014 13:57 pm 
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I usually use Humbrol MetalCote - there used to be wide range but I am not sure what shades are available now, as I am still using up my stash of them.

Some of them work better than others, some really do need to be airbrushed as they do not brush well (at least when I try it anyway) - my favourite is Polished Steel - it definitely needs to be airbrushed very thinly for best results. When it dries it looks like a boring matt grey paint but as soon as you buff it up is gives a really nice steel effect, especially if you burnish the surface with a wooden cocktail stick.
I am currently using it for some of the parts of my current build

The Polished Aluminium is pretty good as well - I used it on my first ever NMF aircraft and mixed some of the different shades to get a variation in panel colours.

Hope that gives you some ideas.

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PostPosted: Sun 27 Apr 2014 15:10 pm 
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A lot of my petrol head modelling chums use Bare Metal Foil to replace chrome and other metal trims, but it's not a product that I've ever tried myself.

Personally I'm a fan of Alclad II paints for replicating metal effects, but it needs to be applied with an airbrush. I'll also second Meta Cotes, ideally airbrushed, but bristle brushing is feasible over a good primer surface and they buff up well. If you can get hold of some aluminium buffing powder, Metal Cote Polished Aluminium can be buffed up to a high shine finish not far off chrome in appearance.

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PostPosted: Sun 27 Apr 2014 15:31 pm 
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Agree about the buffing powder - I have some of the S&J brand from way back in the 70's - must try and find it for the bike frames.

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PostPosted: Sun 27 Apr 2014 16:38 pm 
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As I am working with MetalCote at present I took a couple of shots to show what effects you can get.

This one shows the Polished Aluminium.
The swinging arm on the right of the shot is the paint after just a quick buff with a soft cloth
The frame part has then been treated with the S&J polishing powder applied with a Q-tip.

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The exhaust pipes where treated with the Polished Steel and then buffed up.
The lower pair have also then been treated with the polishing powder, which when used on the Steel I think gives a pretty good scale representation of chrome, without it being over bright as some kits chrome looks.

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The photos do not really show the effect completely as I did not spend a lot of time setting the camera up, but I hope they they give some idea,

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