Chrome Paint Recommendation and Fixing Loose Socket Joints

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Chrome Paint Recommendation and Fixing Loose Socket Joints

Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:52 am

Hi All,

I've been customizing marvel legends figures since last January. I'm working on custom of new mutants Majik and would like to chrome her sword-wielding arm. Can anyone suggest a good chrome paint to use? I have tamiya metallic silver and I'm not getting the results I would like but have little experience outside of tamiya and vallejo paints (and with chrome in general).

Also, I'm using the upper body of legends X-23 and have made the arm socket too wide for interchangeable arms (one fits fine, the other is windmill looooose. I tried using crazy glue on both the socket and the loose shoulder joint but it's not working. I've stockpiled a bunch of x-23s when they went on sale and would prefer not to use another piece if I can help it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)
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Re: Chrome Paint Recommendation and Fixing Loose Socket Joints

Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:17 am

Maybe try some Molotov Chrome markers for Magik? As for X-23, I'd put some sculpting putty inside that socket, coat the shoulder peg in oil and push it in. The oil should prevent it from getting fused to your putty.
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Re: Chrome Paint Recommendation and Fixing Loose Socket Joints

Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:18 pm

How are you applying the chrome and what is your comfort level with brush or spray?

In my experience going for a chrome finish by applying paint with a brush won't work. You just can't get the smooth surface and thin layers required for the finish to be glossy with a brush.

The easiest application, as Shinigami_PL mentioned, is to try markers.

I use airbrush when I'm going from a reflective surface, but there are some steps to follow. For Colossus here (custom on the left, stock on the right) I did one layer primer, one layer gloss black, one layer Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome:

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The idea is to have a very thin layer of chrome over the base color as it is actually some of the base color showing through that gives a surface the look of chrome.

I did the same process on this Nova (with the added step of one layer of clear yellow over the chrome layer) and if I were to re-do it, I would have sprayed the chrome layer a little thinner to try to gain a little more reflection.

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Having said all of that I have seen some good results with the markers but it may depend on how smooth your surface is and if there a lot of creases and such in the sculpt.

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