Founded in 2005 Creation and Chrome has been ahead of the pack staying current with the latest materials. Owner Gary Watson tells us that spray able chrome is an emerging technology and that the materials are constantly improving.
This tech is about showing how their chroming process can help the average Joe from having to spend several thousands of dollars trying to set up and spray their own pieces. Gary explained that the finish is only as good as the foundation on a paint job. If the prep work is clean and straight it will show on the piece once it’s done. He also mentioned that this process is a good alternative for parts that can’t be chrome platted by traditional means. So if you have plastic trim that was originally vacuum plated and you would like to get it close to factory specs this process should be the one for you.
Gary has been trying to stay on the leading edge producing pieces that other Vendors say can’t be done. “I want to innovate, not imitate” with that said we knew we were at the right spot for this chrome tech feature. Now follow along as Gary sprays a ’66 Impala dash cluster ready for show.
1. This plastic cluster was ready to be given a custom chrome touch. It will be bodywork prepped like you would do on a cars surface, sanding and sealing the part so that it becomes paint ready.
2. No he isn’t going to drink water, Gary is actually using Arrowhead distilled water for the paint mix and the solutions that are going to be applied.
3. The first part of the chrome paint solution is a two-part mix.
4. The base solution was mixed together.
5. Gary was careful about the mixing part being 1 to 1, meaning that the same equal amount was mixed together the same as the base.
6. The holding canister was loaded with the first part of the solution.
7. The second part of the solution is what activates and turns to chrome once it’s mixed in with the first solution.
8. The dash cluster was sealed in automotive paint and most importantly masked off in sections. This will allow the paint solution to flow easier giving the desired finish.
9. Gary sprays the solution evenly. As you can see he is spraying the coating while using separate paint guns.
10. Once all the crevices where coated, the part was ready for the next step.
11. The chrome paint was sprayed
12. Water is used to make the reaction flow off the panel that was sprayed.
13. Air was used to dry off the panel.
14. This section was complete and Gary was ready to repeat the process to the rest of the panel.