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FROM THE June 2010 ISSUE

Alclad or chrome bumper paint?

RELATED TOPICS: CHROME
Q: I haven’t tried the Alclad chrome system as yet, but I was just wondering – couldn’t I do the same thing with chrome bumper paint? That’s more easily available where I live.

Stan Dupree
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Ken: Stan, you didn’t say where you were from, but I’ll bet that it’s somewhere with auto-parts stores but no hobby shops.  

We also assume that you’re referring to Plasti-kote Bumper Chrome, which does a pretty nice job touching up 1:1-scale vehicles; but in our opinion, it’s a tad too heavy to achieve the scale realism you can get with Alclad.

The biggest difference is the consistency and subtle opacity of Alclad as compared to Bumper Chrome, which is basically just “thick, shiny paint.”  

Alclad goes on superthin, and the final color can be manipulated somewhat by changing the base coat, which is typically gloss black enamel.  

Alclad’s thinness is a big plus, too.  Small details won’t be obliterated, as they would if you use Bumper Chrome.   

No doubt there are modelers who have achieved great results with Bumper Paint, but the boys here in the workshop are certainly not members of that group.  

For our money, short of sending parts out to be professionally plated, you can’t beat Alclad – even if you have to send away for it from your non-hobby-shop hometown.

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