View Full Version : Can I just spray paint over Chrome with rattle can black?

06-27-2014, 8:10 AM
I want to spraypaint my headlight black, can I just spray paint directly on it (its chrome) or do i need to prime it etc?

06-27-2014, 8:21 AM
It'll scratch / flake off very easily if you don't prime, and even then you'll have issues if you don't sand first to scuff the chrome.

Alternately, you could use grip dip spray paint. Would have the advantage of being easily removable, and since it effectively creates a form-fit rubber coating, adhesion isn't a big deal.

06-27-2014, 8:22 AM
Found some info, sorry for the waste of a thread


06-27-2014, 8:37 AM
just use bedliner or plasti dip. badda bing badda boom

06-27-2014, 3:12 PM
Paint chrome black? Why would anyone want to do a thing like that? (LOL, several of the black parts on my bike pictured below used to be chrome, including the mufflers and exhaust heat shield).

Use medium grit sandpaper to scuff the chrome really good (80-100 grit), or have the parts sandblasted, then clean the parts REALLY GOOD using de-greaser, DON'T touch the parts with your bare hands after cleaning them (oily fingerprints), and paint the parts using the normal instructions on the can of paint. No primer needed.

I painted my mufflers and heat shields with Rustoleum engine enamel using this method a few years ago with no flaking, cracking, etc. And even though I accidentally kick my mufflers and heat shields with my boot on occasion, the paint still doesn't come off.

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06-28-2014, 12:55 AM
Do I need to be careful that I don't inhale the chrome dust when I sand it down?

06-28-2014, 7:11 AM
I wouldn't worry too much, but others may think different...

06-28-2014, 7:36 AM
Just wear a paper mask. Chromium is bad for you, but you arent gonna get cancer hand sanding some bike parts.

06-28-2014, 1:36 PM
Do I need to be careful that I don't inhale the chrome dust when I sand it down?I never wore any breathing protection. I just did all of my sanding outside. Of course, no matter what a person sands, it's good to avoid inhaling it.

07-02-2014, 6:35 PM
plasti dip is the shit. peel it off if you don't like it.