Questions about post Chroming.

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Questions about post Chroming.

Post by mancutd » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:38 am

Hi everyone, Its been a long while since I last posted on here. I do apologise for my absence. Life and family matters took priority. Well I have started to pick up my Cylon project once again. Still in the process of sanding / filling and sanding again my Fibreglass backpack. God this takes so much time. Anyway to my point. If anyone can help out with their own experience of prepping the armour for full metal chroming it would be much appreciated.

When getting the helmet ready for chroming do you pre drill the pepper pot holes for sight or is this done after the chroming process? Also is it best to leave out the Eye and mouth grill too? Sorry for being a novice in asking but really just looking for confirmation on what the rights steps are getting the whole suit ready for metalizing.

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Re: Questions about post Chroming.

Post by Cylon-Knight » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:39 am

Welcome back, Neil. Glad you have time for your Centurion fun. It is a long term process, keep at it!

As for the salt and pepper holes. I'm not sure on that one. I do not home them on my helmet. I would think predrilling would be safer (no stray drill bit dancing on your new chrome :shock:). But I could see them wanting to plug up, but would be easy to clear up. That would create a raw edge though and a spot the chrome could peal. Hummm.... that is a tricky situation!?! Hopefully others can post up their experiences.

For the scanner insert and grill. I left them out during chrome. Installed them later, and it has worked great for me that way.

Smooth, smooth, smoooooth!!! If you want a perfect chrome finish the prep work of the parts is key.

Keep us posted on your work.
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Re: Questions about post Chroming.

Post by mancutd » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:49 pm

Thanks Cylon-Knight. I think you might be right in pre drilling the holes before hand. A wondering drill bit on fresh Chrome gives me nightmares!! This sanding and filling is taking an eternity i must say. I have used Bondo spot glazing putty on some of the worst defects and then wet sanded from 600 grit through to 2000 grit. The surface is very smooth indeed. Would using a good Primer filler over the top of this be benefical and then do the process of wet sanding again through the grits? :cylon:

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Re: Questions about post Chroming.

Post by Cylon-Knight » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:38 pm

A good primer would be helpful, yes. It can highlight odd surface spots that are hard to see when everything is mostly one solid plastic color.
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