How Do You Paint Over Chrome Plating?

To paint over chrome plating, wash the surface, sand it, apply self-etching primer and filler, paint the chrome, and apply sealant. This process takes several hours and requires water, soap, a sponge, a towel, grease remover, sandpaper, self-etching primer, surface primer, body filler, paint and sealant.

  1. Wash the surface

    Wash the surface with soapy water, rinse it, and apply grease remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  2. Sand the chrome

    Sand the chrome with 80-grit sandpaper until the surface is dull and rough.

  3. Apply self-etching primer

    Cover the chrome with self-etching primer. Follow the directions on the package, and give the primer time to dry. Sand the dried primer if the instructions recommend it.

  4. Apply surface primer and body filler

    Cover the chrome with surface filler, and let it dry. If any roughness or gouges remain visible, fill them with body filler. Lightly sand the primed surface. If you accidentally sand through the primer, reapply it, and wait for it to dry before you proceed. Wash the sanded surface, and apply grease remover.

  5. Paint and seal the chrome

    Apply one or two coats of paint, let the surface air dry, and cover the paint with clear sealant. Do not touch the surface until the sealant dries and hardens.