To paint a chrome surface, clean and sand the surface, then prime it before spraying on the paint. Use clean rags, sand paper, primer, lacquer thinner, clear finish, soap and water to accomplish this task.
- Clean the surface
Use a clean rag to wash the chrome surface with soap and water. Rinse the surface, and dry it with a clean rag.
- Apply sandpaper
Sand the entire chrome piece with 60-grit sandpaper to remove shine and gloss. Follow up with 320-grit sandpaper to finish the sanding. Wipe off the dust generated from sanding with a clean rag. Use lacquer thinner on a clean rag to clean the oils and wax from the chrome, and wipe it with a dry rag.
- Apply the primer
Prime the chrome with two light coats, allowing the primer to dry between each coat. Once the primer is dry, cover the chrome piece in a high-build primer. Let the high-build primer dry, then add two more coats of high-build primer. Let the surface dry.
- Sand the primer
Sand down any glaze with 320-grit sandpaper, followed by 600-grit paper to create a smooth finish with no chips. Wipe the chrome with lacquer thinner to remove dust and oils.
- Paint the chrome
Use a spray gun to apply at least four coats of paint. Wait for the paint to dry in between coats. Once the paint is dry, sand the surface with 1000-grit sandpaper, and spray it with three coats of clear finish.