Thanks to John and Joanne McCormack (http://www.mccormacksautocentre.com) from Canada for sending us photos of their BMW painted with Fuschia Candy Concentrate over MirraChrome. Great job!
MirraChrome represents the latest in Reflective Paint Coating Technology. It’s near microscopic particle content provides superior surface orientation. This particle alignment is the key to MirraChrome’s shine. While many attempts have been made by others to achieve a “chrome paint” no one has come close. Through a rigorous development process we have established the specific process and coatings to allow MirraChrome to achieve remarkable brilliance and be clearcoated. That’s right, we said clearcoated. Alsa’s MirraChrome can be topcoated with the recommended MirraClear then a high quality automotive grade poly-urethane clearcoat such as Alsa’s Speed Clear without loosing its true chrome look.
MirraChrome can be applied with almost any type of spray equipment from airbrushes to full size HVLP guns.(We recommend Iwata’s LPH50 detail gun.) MirraChrome comes ready to spray meaning no reducers or hardeners, just pour it in your gun and spray, when you’re finished simply pour it back into it’s container to use later.
MirraChrome can be used on any surface you can paint such as metals, plastics, wood, foams etc. From trim pieces and logos to full blown custom paintjobs the possibilities are endless even use it to touch up real chrome! Got a scratch in the worst place? Blend it away with MirraChrome.
If chrome isn’t enough for you try topcoating MirraChrome with your favorite shade of Candy Concentrate to achieve stunning colored chrome finishes.
Carefully follow the steps in our application guide and review the demonstration videos as this is a truly unique process! We have an experienced technical staff ready to assist with any questions you may have (before and after your purchase).
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1K Quart Kit$615.00
1K Gallon Kit$1,890.00
2K Pint Kit$400.00
2K Quart Kit$575.00
2K Gallon Kit$1,785.00
Mirrachrome is a VERY technique driven application. It is sold as a kit, as it is very sensitive to clears. You should only use OUR clear coat with this material.
This application can take a fair amount of practice to become proficient with. Patience is the KEY. Test panels are strongly urged, in order to develop the correct “FEEL” for spraying the chrome material. A very light dusting technique will be needed, and is critical to the application. Over applying the Mirrachrome will result in a dull finish, similar to silver paint.Application:
If applying over an ALREADY PAINTED SURFACE, lightly scuff the existing paint to create a surface for adhesion.
We are starting with the black base coat (ASB-13). This is reduced 1:1 with the medium reducer in your kit (AMR2712).
Apply 2 coats of the black base coat to your prepared piece, with about 10-15 minutes flash time between coats. Apply the 2 coats using a steady back and forth motion, about 6-10 inches from your substarate, until even coverage is achieved.
Once coated, let the black base coat flash for another 10-15 minutes, and then you are ready to clear coat the black base coat.
Mix your Speed Clear (SC1230) with the included hardener (H-222) at a ratio of 4:1. Now apply your speed clear over the black base coat, using steady even passes, from about 8-12 inches away from the substarate. Apply 2 medium wet coats with about 10 -15 minutes flash between coats.
At this point, you can should have a VERY wet glossy reflective black surface. This is a very important starting place for the application. You should have as close to a black mirror as possible befor proceeding.
Then make sure the clear coat on your black base coat cures for a full 7 days, or bake overnight at 140 degrees F, to insure it is TOTALLY CURED. That is also critical to the application. If the clear coat is not fully cured, this will also dull the finish.
After curing for the full 7 days, you can now wet sand, and buff your clear coat, until it is as smooth as possible. Glass-like is ideal. The more glass-like your surface, the better the reflectivity will be.
You are now ready to begin chroming your piece.
Touch-up gun is recommended. Set the material volume on your gun very low. Competely close the material volume, and then open it back up about ¼ of a turn. Apply the Mirrachrome (MC-101) to your clear coated black base coat, in a VERY LIGHT DUSTING FASHION, from about 8-10 inches away from the substrate, and at about 35-40 PSI air pressure, continuing to make passes over the surface, and VERY BRISK PASSES, until you achieve the effect.
Moving your hand too slowly when making your passes will result in a “Stacking” of the metal particles, and kill the shine when top coated.
If you are getting a flat metal, or flat aluminum look, then the product is almost certainly over applied. It is very easy to apply too much of the material. This is not uncommon, and can take PRACTICE. Test panels are encouraged, in order to develop a good “feel” for this dusting application.
What you are spraying is a hyper-ground metal (near molecular scale!), and you MUST NOT let this material stack up in any way.
You are not going for a “Coat of Paint” like with a regular liquid pigment. It needs to be dusted on extremely lightly, and evenly. This will take SEVERAL PASSES. Keep your eye on the clear coated black as you are making your passes, and when you reach the point that it looks like the last TINY BIT of black has JUST winked out of sight, stop right there.
Let this dry for 24 hours, and then you can take the polishing cloth included in your kit, and VERY GENTLY wipe down the piece. This will help remove any metal particles that are “stacked up” on the surface, but not really stuck to anything. The material is so finely ground (near molecular scale) that you can actually wind up with a fair amount of this material (depending on how heavily it was sprayed) on the surface, that is not stuck to the clear coat on the black. It is just sitting there like a “nano-dust”. WHEN TOP COATED THESE LOOSE PARTICLES WILL FLOAT UP INTO THE TOP COAT, AND HURT THE REFLECTIVITY VERY BADLY.
Do not apply too much pressure when wiping the Mirrachrome down, or you may move the pigment that is STUCK to the clear coat, and that will spoil the finish.
You are now ready to top coat the Mirrachrome.
Apply one medium wet coat of Speed Clear over the Mirrachrome. Apply this in a VERY steady, even passes, and as perfcetly as possiblle, as this is the coat that will lock down the Mirrachrome material, and have the most impact on final appearance.
Let this dry for 24 hours.
If additional coats are desired/required, then after waiting 24 hours for the first coat to cure, lightly scuff the clear, and shoot you additional coats over that, as you would any clear coat.
You have now completed your Mirrachrome paint job!
If after reading through this application guide, you find you are still having trouble, and require more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our technical support staff. They are available Monday throught Thursday, 8am – 4pm, and Fridays, 8am – 12pm. You can reach us toll free at 1-800-999-4120
** Warning: MirraChrome paint is highly flammable. Please take care in storing and applying it away from open flame or high heats. It is also poisonous if ingested, so please store it away from children.Due to the inability of Alsa to anticipate or control conditions whereby Alsa products will be employed, Alsa does not represent or guarantee that any Alsa product is fit for a particular purpose. Alsa products should be tested by users to determine suitability for a particular purpose. Alsa disclaims responsibility for claims and damages beyond replacement of any defective Alsa product. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face here of.
Due to the inability of Alsa to anticipate or control conditions whereby Alsa products will be employed, Alsa does not represent or guarantee that any Alsa product is fit for a particular purpose. Alsa products should be tested by users to determine suitability for a particular purpose. Alsa disclaims responsibility for claims and damages beyond replacement of any defective Alsa product. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face here of.
We strive to display the colors of our products as accurately as possible. However, due to the inconsistencies of various display monitors, the color you see on your screen may not be an exact reproduction of the actual product. Screen images are intended as a guide only, and should not be regarded as absolutely correct.
All of our paints and finishes are custom made, so we cannot offer refunds, we only offer a replacement for defective product(s) or items damaged in transit. So please chose your products carefully.
If you receive a damaged or defective product, you must file a claim. After the claim has been submitted and the damaged material has been returned, we will process your replacement product within 2 working days and send you a UPS tracking number for your replacement item(s).