How to use chrome paint

The chrome paint is designed to mimic the appearance of chrome plates. No matter what kind of object you want to paint, chrome paint can give you that shiny look that is so popular in real chrome. However, to use chrome paint (especially spray paint, which is one of the easiest ways to use) you need to do the proper pre work for your finished product to actually shine.


  1. Purchase the appropriate base paint. If you want to paint a car, you will need a base paint for cars. If you paint rails, you will need a base paint specifically produced to work on that kind of metal. Ask a professional in a paint shop to help you choose the right base paint for you. Uses opaque base and chrome paint on base paint.
  2. Clean the entire surface on which you are going to paint. The best paint jobs are smooth and shiny. Remove any dust and dirt particles from the surface before passing the base. Use a damp, warm wipe to wipe the surface gently and in a circular motion. Once the surface is thoroughly clean and completely dry, go to the next step.
  3. Place base paint on the surface. This will give you a smooth and even surface on which to paint. Spray base paint with a base spray or paint sprayer. However, you can use a brush. Make the base paint layer even, smooth and not very thick. Add a second layer if you do not get the necessary coverage with only one.
  4. Apply black opaque paint. This will make the final reflectivity much brighter. Buy this in a spray can or use a paint brush or spray. Usually, you should only do one layer, but if you use a brush, you may need to apply two to cover enough. Make sure this opaque base is dry (may take up to 24 hours) before continuing.
  5. Paint on your chrome. If you are using chrome spray paint, hold the can about 10 inches (25.4 cm) away from the surface and spray, constantly moving it so the application is even. If you are using a paint gun, use it then use a psi of 20 and a “dusty” configuration that uses lots of paint and a little air. Keep going over the area you are painting until the chrome is as bright as you want and the coverage is adequate. If you use a brush, then you must apply two or more thin layers and pairs to achieve the look you want. Let a few hours pass between each layer for the paint to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best chrome aspects are usually the result of the application of an aerosol and not a brushing.
  • Always paint in a well-ventilated area.