Yeah, I'm making a chrome spartan. It's not going to be reflective chrome (like rims or somthin), but it's supposed to be like the ActiveCamo in Halo. If anyone knows how to make it more reflective, just post here, or you can just post any ideas here of anything here.
Lol i'll try on my next set of armor. I got the idea because this morning, I ran out of red spraypaint, so I found some chrome Krylon paint. So I just used that. But then I eventually ran out of it. T_T
Rustoleum paint seemed to last me the entire suit, I used army green for the main color, I SPRAYED IT ON THICK plus with sand texture.....but for the most part, 1 can of army green did me good.....Never tried krylon though.
Go look into actual chrome mettalization before you use bumper chrome paint. I've used spray on chrome paint on armor, and it really didn't hold up too well. It scuffed quickly and looked dull gray after 1 or 2 times wearing it.
Wait... are you talking about spray painting it chrome? Although not really original and new, it would be different and more custom to a personal preference. Or are you talking about actually working with metals to make a chrome metal armor? Cause that would take a lot of work, but look amazing... I was thinking about making a helm with all Carbon Fiber and keeping the CF pattern in it too, or even SteamPunking a helm, but that would take some serious effort.
It's Vacuum Mettalizing... if you read the instructions on the page I linked, it's a permanent way of chroming plastic with a thin layer of atomized aluminum.. It stays shiny forever, and creates a real mirror finish... not just reflective like spraypaints.
3) Vacuum-Metalising - The most widely used technique and is common on a number of household goods and toys. If you've got anything at home thats made of plastic with a chrome finish then chances are its been VM'd.
So given a number of constraints I went down route 3, Vacuum Metalising and have found a factory in the UK which specialise in this field doing a considerable amount of work for businesses in the area including the Local Authority where they produce the reflective "mirrors" used in traffic lights/signals, they've also produced some helmets for the upcoming Brad Pitt/Orlando Bloom movie "Troy".
The process for VM is 4 stages. Firstly a base lacquer is applied to the prob. Secondly its baked in the oven at 60-70 degrees. Stage 4 is the chroming part where the prop is placed in a Vacuum chamber and is bombarded with vaporised Aluminum, and finally a top lacquer is applied, and in the Case of C-3PO it has a Gold tint.