Painting chrome?

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CoogaFan
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Painting chrome?

Post by CoogaFan » 23 Dec 2017, 15:12

I'm helping a friend resurrect his 69 hardtop and i'm fretting over the state of the chrome. The grill is heavily pitted and the eyebrow and hood strips are pretty dinged too. The tail light chrome is also very pitted. There's no money in the budget to pay for straightening and rechroming. i could straighten the chrome strips if i could use bondo or lead myself, but not the chroming. Has anyone tried painting the grill and front chrome say... black and white or another contrasting color combo and have it look good?

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1967 S Code
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Re: Painting chrome?

Post by 1967 S Code » 23 Dec 2017, 18:45

It’s been done before. Eliminator Cougars had black paint grilles as well as GT-E’s. Here is a picture of a Leon’s 1970 Cougar with body color bumpers.
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Also Kyle’s 1967 Cougar
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
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Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

CoogaFan
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Re: Painting chrome?

Post by CoogaFan » 23 Dec 2017, 19:28

Great, this gives me more options to think about. I also wonder if anyone has used white instead of black on the grill before...

Cougar Bill
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Re: Painting chrome?

Post by Cougar Bill » 25 Dec 2017, 10:45

I had the bumpers stripped (electro stripped) & then painted on the "RestoMod" over 20 years ago. All the trim including the grill was palsticoated. It is similar to powder coating using lower heat. The pot-metal grill was the difficult one. Temps are close to melting.

Anyway here's another example to look at
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1970 XR-7 428 Ramair 4 speed (now under restoration)
1970 Eliminator Boss 302
1969 XR-7 428 R-code 4 speed
1969 Std. 428 R-code C-6
1969 XR-7 Convertible 351 AOD
1969 XR-7 Convertible 428 C6
1969 XR-7 351 5 speed "RestoMod" New 525Hp "pacemaker"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBkOzr7N13Y
1968 XR-7 X-code
1968 XR-7 302-4v 4 Speed (J-code)
1967 XR-7 302 & AOD Green- Wife's Cat
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428cougarguy
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Re: Painting chrome?

Post by 428cougarguy » 25 Dec 2017, 21:20

Don't paint over the chrome directly. Paint doesn't stick to chrome. Take your parts to your local chrome shop, and have the chrome stripped off, leaving the bare metal underneath. They should not charge you much to do that. Then your paint will stick nearly forever.....

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