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03-31-2012, 08:34 PM #1
Dupli-Color Shadow for Black Chrome Look
I'm trying to black out or greatly reduce the appearance of chrome on my 2011 Silverado and have been toying with many ideas and accessories that would help me accomplish this. A lot of people will paint their various chrome accessories black so I was wondering if anyone has ever used the Dupli-Color Shadow to achieve a black chrome look. I was considering using it for the silverado lettering on the doors and tailgate.
04-01-2012, 06:57 AM #2
The thing to remember with the Duplicolor is that the more coats you put on the darker it is going to be. I was debating on using this same product on my rims to get the same look. The first reason I didn't was because I am not sure how the chrome cladding will handle it. I would hate to spray them and have the cladding peel off. I don't know why it would but it is just a fear of mine. The other reason is if I was to do my rims than I would have to do the grill and trim on the front end. If you do it please post some pics and let us know how it went.
04-02-2012, 12:05 AM #3
That's an intriguing product. I've not heard of it before you posted about it so I can't be any help there. I'd be curious to try it for some of the same applications you are. I'm trying to, piece by piece, get rid of all my chrome and replace it with black so this might be a good option for some of the emblems.
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04-02-2012, 12:13 AM #4
04-10-2012, 08:27 PM #5
well I found a video sponsored by dupli-color. In the example they made the wheel really dark. I'm still indecisive about my bumpers and don't want to pay the money if I can do something like this. My dad used to do body work so I'll talk to him to see what he thinks.
04-10-2012, 09:43 PM #6
I tried it out on a chrome hitch cover as a test. I may not have prepped it right and it took a few coats to cover and subsequently is darker than I had hoped. If you are good with paint, I think it will be a good way to give you the effect you want. Me on the other hand will need to get better at it before I try any major parts.2009 GMC Sierra 5.3L running on E85
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04-10-2012, 09:53 PM #7
I've been experimenting with small pieces before I do my bumpers and grill. I've gotten better each time I use it and I think I have the process down. Follow the Duplicolor instructions exactly. I also had really good luck clearing it afterwards for longer durability. I'm doing my bumpers, grill, and I'm buying the chrome handle covers etc and doing them.
04-11-2012, 12:57 AM #8
04-11-2012, 01:56 AM #9
Dupli-Color Chrome comes out looking like silver paint even if you do a gloss black primer, first. This is very obvious if you put Dupli-Color Chrome next to actual chrome.
I half expect Dupli-Color Shadow to come out looking like dull/dark silver instead of black chrome. Do you have pics of something done in Dupli-Color Shadow? Have you put it next to real black chrome to compare?
04-11-2012, 08:45 AM #10
I don't have the parking sensors in my bumper. The black chrome actually looks pretty authentic. In some cases I think it looks better because it lays pretty smooth when real black chrome can look blotchy.
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