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Old 04-07-2012, 07:34 AM
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WOW! Amazing finish... But I'll pass... I think I'll go with a nice kinda-metallic gray and some panel/rivet lines. I could go with the bare alodine look (kind of a dull yellow-stained metal gray). Dunno yet. I can't decide if mine is the newest ship in the fleet or the proven workhorse.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:16 AM
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It may not be chrome, but the aluminum spray finishes work well.
Not as shiny as a true chrome and might get you closer to the brushed look.
The aluminum won't pick up finger prints and oil off your skin like the chrome does.

The aluminum can tarnish from handling, but no where near as fast or as much as a chrome finish.
Whatever you use, let it thoroughly dry before handling.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:31 PM
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Thumbs up Silver over Black spray paint

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Oh, they like to be sprayed over black. It really does help a lot.
Excellent suggestion! I was amazed by the difference a black undercoat makes, especially when it comes to filling in the gaps that show up with terrifying clarity if you just spray silver directly on top of primer (or naked wood and paper).

Foamy, you're my personal rocketry superhero today! Thanks so much!


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Old 05-02-2012, 02:49 PM
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The shiniest silver that I've used of late is Valspar Silver from their brilliant metallics line. It seems to come out very close to a polished metal, and has the convenience of being in a rattle-can format. But as Mr. Harding has been quick to point out, like most metallics it doesn't mix well with a solvent-based clear coat. It has to be left native if the shine is to be preserved.

The photo below shows the balsa nose on my PSC Infinity, finished in Valspar Silver.
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