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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2005, 11:24 AM
 
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Re: Making chrome guitars

that carbon fibre finish has potential! if only because it doesn't look as obviously poor-second-cousin as the attempted chrome.

considering the extent to which the auto aftermarket industry has latched onto carbon fibre (aka car-bling fibre), i'm surprised it hasn't made more of an appearance on guitars. has a nice industrial look.
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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2005, 12:35 PM
 
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Yeah, but "carbon fibre look" is just as lame as "chrome look". If it's not the real thing, you're a poser.
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post #18 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2005, 12:51 PM
 
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Re: Making chrome guitars

Guitars can be chrome plated because there are conductive paints which can be used, this is how the original chrome boys were done. There are copper based paints out there. I can't verify if this specific process as I know how to do it was how the JS's were done originally, but in order to chrome wood, or plastics, first the wood is sealed, primed, and painted (usually black) and buffed to a perfect shine. Then a copper based paint is applied to the body, this also is buffed to perfection. Then the guitar must be typically brass or copper plated, then nickel, and then finally chrome goes on top of that. The problem with wood is that it moves, the plating does not, this is why they crack, and why you end up seeing the wood grain eventually.

The Alsa Mirrachrome does not look 95% chrome, I'd say 80% and that is being generous, it gives a nice polished steel color, but nothing like chrome. Alsa has a system called Chrome FX which looks deadly, but you pay for it big time. Their application system is around $8000.

Here is what the Chrome FX system looks like


Here is mirra chrome, nice, but far from chromey


I know some phenominal painters who've used the mirrachrome, even the people who do testing for Alsa, and it looks fantastic before clear, the clear dulls it down a lot though, it's nowhere near 95% after clear. You can see that in the pictures from Alsa's site.
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post #19 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2005, 01:56 PM
 
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Re: Making chrome guitars

For chromish finish aluminum vacumizing is your best bet. Easy application, great appearence. See new JS2PRM. Same process.

The Aluminum is brought on the wood with process called vacuum metalizing.
Vacuum metallizing is process used to make flash light reflectors and automotive lighting shine like chrome.

Vacuum metallizing is the process of evaporating aluminum in a vacuum chamber forming an aluminum cloud which than condenses back on and bonds to the object to form a uniform layer, which shines like chrome.

After the metalizing takes place there can be a protective topcoat applied similar to the ones used in the automotive industry. You can also add dyes to the topcoat to achieve bright chrome colors and different shades of gold, bronze, copper, and gunmetal. It is much more environmentally friendly and cost effective than chrome plating or chrome painting. You can vacuum metalize many materials including plastic, wood, metal, glass, fiberglass, and more.
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post #20 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2005, 11:50 PM
 
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Yeah, but "carbon fibre look" is just as lame as "chrome look". If it's not the real thing, you're a poser.
yeah, i dig that sentiment. but real carbon fibre is easy enough to work with.
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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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could you send me his email, website or anything???
thanks

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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 01:32 AM
 
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Re: Making chrome guitars

Last summer I saw a 2006 Corvette done front to back in chrome paint like a Chrome Boy. It was like watching a space ship drive by.
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post #23 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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...snip ...... Alsa has a system called Chrome FX which looks deadly, but you pay for it big time. Their application system is around $8000.
Yes they sell it in a can now for $115 . A little cheaper than $8000. :-)
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There's a whole thread about my recent Chrome Boy done with Alsa Mirra Chrome. The sheeting FX is very thick and I've used it. You can't bend it on round edges.
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post #27 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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The machine chrome Fx:

http://byyourcommand.net/photogaller...FX_1.sized.jpg

It costs 7900 euros
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post #28 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-11-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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Re: Making chrome guitars

Satriani got one like that. The Ibanez JS2PRM.He had it on the g3 tour.
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