Alsa’s Killer Chrome Kit allows you to reproduce right at home, in your workshop or garage a chrome look on nearly any substrate and without the need for any spray equipment.
By simply using the Killer Cans Black Basecoat followed with the NEW (1K) clearcoat that will air dry in 24 hours or be fully cured in 30 minutes at 140˚ F. Next apply the Killer Chrome with a dusting action and allow to dry (air dry 1 hr. / bake 15 min.) You are now ready to apply your final (1K) topcoat Mirra Clear..
Killer Chrome is simply the finest ground metallic pigment available anywhere. This assures a mirro-like finish every time! A far cry from other would-be chrome spray paints which do not deliver what they advertise.
Certainly you’ve seen the spray paint with the perfect looking chrome cap on the shelf at the store, and maybe you even bought some, only to spray it and find out it’s simply silver paint. These companies use a “Real” chrome process on the caps in an attempt to deceive you into thinking you have bought something that will produce that result but when sprayed you see that it is not chrome at all, and far from Killer Chrome.
If you really want to impress try combining Killer Chrome with ANY of Alsa’s other Killer Cans. Combinations are unlimited with things like Cobalt Blue Marble Chrome. There is no reason to stop at just chrome. You could even cover Killer Chrome with Crazer in a can (Black) then Candies in a can (Cobalt Blue) and the options are endless.
Remember the adage “less is more”? Well it is in full effect here. As with our MirraChrome, over-application WILL result in a duller finish when topcoated. To avoid this ALWAYS apply the Killer Chrome with a “Dusting” motion and remember to keep your can at least 8-10 inches from the surface you are spraying.
DO NOT use KILLER CHROME like a regular spray paint. This is “metal deposition” and using the proper technique will insure a beautiful finish. Always apply KILLER CHROME over a high gloss substrate using a light “dusting” action.
Killer Cans Characteristics
High Output-double normal aerosols
Larger Spray Fan
No pressure drop during application
Quality Automotive Coatings
Time & Labor Savings
No paint mixing
No spray gun preparation or cleaning
Complete use of paint
High transfer efficiency
No cleanup thinner
Less overspray-cleaning & polishing time
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Actual finish after top coat resembles SUPER high polish aluminum
The closest looking finish to true chrome available in an aerosol can
Near molecular scale metallic pigment provides amazing coverage, and smooth even look of real metal, because it IS REAL METAL!
Wide variety of uses. Wood, metal, plastic, fiberglass, and more
Stunning as a base for candies…must be seen to appreciate
Great for hobbyists, or craft makers
Killer Chrome can also be used to back coat clear plastics. Looks like real chrome from the front.
*NOTE: If you already have a SMOOTH black surface you can skip to Step 2 of the application process.
Always apply paints in a well-ventilated area, and wear a NIOSH approved respirator to avoid breathing any fumes.
Make sure you have good conditions for spraying. The best temperature for spraying this paint, is 75-80 degrees F, and VERY low humidity.
Prepare and prime your part first. Epoxy primers are best for bare metal, and primer surfacers are best for plastics, fiberglass, or wood. Some plastics may require an adhesion promoter but most plastics, like ABS plastic, are fine without adhesion promoters. Our tech support department can assist with what primer is best, if you are uncertain.
Before applying your primer, remove all dirt, grease, oil, salt, and chemical contaminants, by washing the surface with a commercial detergent, or other suitable cleaning method.
Rinse with fresh water and allow to completely dry.
Remove any existing loose paint, or rust, etc, with a wire brush or sand paper.
Lightly sand glossy surfaces to create a surface profile for adhesion.
Apply your primer to the surface according to the manufacturer’s specifications for your particular primer.
Let your primer cure according to the manufacturers specifications for your particular primer, and then lightly scuff that to create a surface profile for adhesion.
Killer Chrome Application Killer Chrome 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 Killer Chrome 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 (KC-ASB-13)Apply 2 coats of the black base coat to your prepared piece, with about 5-10 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 5-10 minutes, and then you are ready to clear coat the black base coat
Apply your Mirraclear (KC-MCLR) clear coat over the black base coat, using steady even passes. Apply one meduim wet coat first, and let that flash for about 5-10 minutes, and then apply a second wet coat.At this point, you 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, as seen here…If you are not achieving a VERY highly glossy black surface, you will need to re-shoot this until you do. Repeating steps 1 and 2 until a good gloss is achieved.Then make sure the clear coat on your black base coat cures for a FULL 24 HOURS. That is also critical to the application. If the clear coat is not fully cured, this will also dull the finish.DO NOT SAND OR BUFF THE MIRRACLEAR AFTER APPLYING OVER THE BLACK BASE COAT. It must be a VERY smooth finish, in order to maximize the reflectivity of the Killer Chrome (in the next step). You are now ready to begin chroming your piece.
Apply the Killer Chrome (KC-KC101) to your clear coated black base coat, in a VERY LIGHT DUSTING FASHION, from about 8-10 inches away from the substrate…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 30 minutes or so, and then you take the polishing cloth included in your kit, and slightly dampen that, 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 killer chrome 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 Killer Chrome.
Apply one medium wet coat of the Mirraclear to the chromed piece, from about 6-8 inches away from the surface, in nice even steady passes. Do not over apply this, as it can dull the finish. One meduim wet coat is all you need. A very small loss (5% or less) of reflectivity is not uncommon when applying the top coat. If you are experiencing a SUBSTANTIAL LOSS of reflectiviy when top coating, you Killer Chrome is almost certainly OVER APPLIED. This is the sinlge most common issue when top coating. As you’re your technique improves for applying the Killer Chrome itself, this will become easier and easier to avoid.The Mirraclear should dry to the touch in about 20 minutes and totally cured in 24 hours.You have now completed the application!
A few suggestions about Mirraclear: Mirraclear is a 1 component clear coat, and while quite durable, it will not be as durable as a 2 component automotive grade clear coat. Do not clean the Mirraclear clear coat with any solvent based cleaners, or anything harsh, as that can also dull the finish. Hand polishing is recommended. No machine polishing. If an automotive grade finish is required, then after applying the Mirraclear top coat, let that cure for a full 24 hours, and then you can apply any good automotive grade clear over that. No need to scuff the Mirraclear first. 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
***DON ‘T FORGET TO TRY COMBINING THE LOOK OF KILLER CHROME WITH ANY OF OUR OTHER KILLER CANS FOR TRUELY OUTRAGEOUS RESULTS.
** Warning: Killer Cans are 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.