Post by 383 Silverado on Apr 27, 2018 10:52:24 GMT -5
Thought I'd post an update on Molotow Chrome. I recently read an article out of the April 2018 Scale Auto on the usage of Molotow through an airbrush and furthermore a clear that will work with it very well as making the chrome finish that can be handled over and over again.
For those of you who don't know, the Molotow refill bottles can be dispensed right into a paint jar/ cup uncut and shot through an airbrush with fantastic results. For this example I'll be demonstrating the outcome on the rear wheels that I used on my latest build.
I started with a set of Weld Draglites from Competition Resins.
I drilled 'em out and cleaned both of up and removed the bead locks like the one on the left:
After washing them and allowing to dry out I shot both of them with a light mist coat and let that dry a minute or two and then shot the wet coats on. Which resulted in a mirror like and clean chrome finish!
After allowing these to dry for 48 hours (maybe a bit of overkill but hey.............I didn't want to mess this up) I shot both of them with some Spaz Stix Ultimate Clear uncut from an airbrush. This stuff works amazingly well with Molotow and doesn't degrade the finish in the least! I let that cure out for another 48 hours and shot them with a light coat of Tamiya Smoke X-19 like I did with the front two kit chrome wheels on this truck. The Smoke color acts like a bit of a wash on the wheels, bringing out the detail, but the thing that it does for chrome finishes is take away the "toy chrome" look.
Ok, this is where the rubber meets the road in regards to the results. I will point out that the front wheels areKIT CHROME while the rear wheels are coated with the Molotow and SSUC. All four wheels got a coat of the Tamiya Smoke for a nice uniform look. The really good thing about the SSUC is that the chrome parts can be handled over and over safely with no degradation to the chrome finish. This combination is the bee's knees!