Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 14
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by nezabe Expensive lesson
I purchased this product with high expectations, but after receiving the package I immediately read the instructions for using the product. First issue was the near zero humidity environment and contant 75-85 degree temperature. I could only interpret this as ... you need a professional paint booth. Plus deionized water ... or 100% water with no minerals. Even most distilled water at local grocery and retail stores has higher levels of minerals than this product will allow. More disclosure in the product information section prior to ordering would have stopped me from buying this product.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Snowbabe ChromeFX is awesome!!
ChromeFX is awesome!! It is the next big thing for crafters, auto body repair, and furniture builders. I think this is an amazing product. However, if you can’t follow instructions don’t get this! This is not a product for the person who reads the instructions as a last resort. Every line is important. Read through all instructions that come with the kit before you start. Maybe read them several times. You can find videos on Alsa's website to see what it should look like at chroming stage. I learned a lot by watching the videos.
I have included the process steps to provide helpful hints and show what it takes from start to finish
1. Surface preparation
a. Surface preparation may take a day or two depending on what you are chroming. If you chrome unfinished wood it needs to be sanded and primed to the smoothest surface possible. If you are chroming metal with any pitting or rough spots you will need to putty, sand, and use an Epoxy primer. The surface needs to be as close to a glass surface as possible.
b. You must have dust free well ventilated area. The base and top coat have strong fumes. Alsa recommends a mask
c. For my project I actually stained my violin face blue so I could get an artistic blue edging. I also used many layers of varnish to achieve the smoothest surface possible and to keep the wood from absorbing the base coat. To get a true mirror effect you must have the surface as smooth as glass. Since my project was wood I was not trying to get a perfect mirror. I used a Scotch Brite to lightly scuff up the varnish to help the chrome adhere to the project.
2. Base coat
a. This is done with two layers (will need to cure 24 hours or you can force dry by using your oven. See instructions.) It is amazingly smooth and easy to spray on.
3. Sensitizer/Activator Solution (pre mix and leave for 1 hour before using.) Mixing and apply is easy.
a. I used a paint roller pan liner and a board to set my project on so I could keep the project up and out of the chemicals that runs off. (All chemicals used will need to be disposed of properly just as you do with any paint and other chemicals.)
b. Use as much sensitizer on the project as needed to get a smooth run off. On my first practice test I did not get it to run smoothly over the project. The sensitizer beaded into balls of water that sat on top of the test sample. It did not chrome right. You will receive two pre-base coated objects to practice chroming on. I found pouring the distilled water worked great for rinsing the sensitizers off.
4. Chroming (mix part A and B. Its good for 24 hours once mixed)
a. Helpful note: the videos on Alsa’s website are great to see how to do this. The chroming mixture is in a pump spray bottle. Spray the chrome mixture onto your project until your project is fully covered and has just turned black. Rinse to see the results. (Don’t be afraid to use a lot of DI/distilled water.) If it does not have the effect you want you can coat it again with chroming mix and then rinse. Do not over chrome. It will become cloudy if you do. Repeat until you get the chroming effect you want.
5. Dry with cool blow dryer: Don’t let water sit on your project or you will get spots.
6. Finish Coat: Once your project is dry you can finish with the finish coat. Very smooth and easy to apply. It has a purplish finish like real chrome gets.
You can purchase extra Preval compressed air spraying cartridge (used for base and top coat) from Home Depot. This is necessary if you are doing more than one project with your chroming kit.
You will want a mask respirator due to the fumes from the top and base coat.
Note about the water: You can use distilled water, but it is recommended to use De-ionized (DI) water with .000 purity. DI water can be purchased online or at your local Chemistry shop. I used distilled water for my project to show that common distilled water does work.
This is a fun project and the possibilities are endless. The customer service at Alsa Company was exceptionally good. I chatted with one of their representative for a while. He was helpful and excited about my project.
August 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by thebighash Great value! Make sure you practice first!
In brief, this kit can provide great value. I say "can provide" since chroming is not an easy job, and is not for the below average DIYer. If you are a patient DIYer and can follow instructions, I think this chroming kit will allow you to do about anything.
All the parts shown in the pictures come in one shipping box. I would've preferred if this came in a case or bag for easier storage and more convenience.
I tested the kit on one of the provided parts and the result was ok. I'm sure I can do a much better job when I do the second part. I am still not confident enough to help my friend chrome his bike parts. I am still learning and there are many good reviews and also videos from Alsa and on youtube. I recommend that you do the same. The only issue is that you waste chrome while practicing, but that's still better than wasting the item you're trying to chrome.
September 12, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Max Can't get refills
I just spoke to the company and home depot can not sell the refills and the company charges the same for the refills as home depot does for the whole kit more if you do 1 at a time. BUYER BEWARE..MAY BE A GOOD PRODUCT BUT THEY HAVE YOU IF YOU WANT MORE!!! STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY
June 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brian When compared to actual, it's a home run
So, to start this off I'd have to say it is not for the amateur. When you get the package, you will be slightly overwhelmed with all of the information included. I do strongly suggest to view online videos of people actually using this product to get familiar and slightly more comfortable with it before potentially wasting the kit on mess ups. I used it on a vintage bike part to a 1950 Monark Super Deluxe that was rough instead of on the included speed shapes because if I wasted product, I'd rather risk it on an actual metal part just in case it turned out perfect and it did. I included an after photo...sorry, I was so hyped that I forgot to take the before shot but included another part from the bicycle to show its similar condition before spraying it. The stuff is phenomenal, and I must order the recommended clear for this product to fully trick anyone once they see the fully restored bicycle. I am amazed in the product, and cannot wait to finish spraying all the parts in bulk once the weather clears up. You'll find that you will save a considerable amount using this system when compared to chrome but must remember that it's paint and not actual metal plating. Just a little info about me is that I have airbrushed scenes on motorhomes, walls in garages, and custom can coolers and so on in my day and with this new exercise, I sprayed this in my small counter airbrush booth with filtered exhaust/venthood. Again, remember to go into this after doing your research on the system and educating yourself with examples visible on the interweb...in the end you will understand why because even I was a bit bothered at first and probably will be when I begin to spray the rest of my parts. I also had to do some high end prep work to mask pits and prep the surface to be clean and "smooth" for a finish to be as close to chrome as possible...they say the recommended clear will further the brilliance in the end product...we'll see.
July 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 2gtsvette Excellent Home chroming kit
Its not easy to get a nice chrome finish especially when doing it your self. Alsa Has come up with a great kit to get the job done. At first it is a bit overwhelming and has many parts and steps but with a little time you will be able to get a nice paint/chrome job done with excellent results . make sure all parts are clean and the humidity is low where ever you are using this. I did shoot a part during a semi humid day and got poor results. Make sure your parts have a nice surface finish before painting if not you will see any imperfections that are under the paint.
August 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Projectsfun amazing!
this system works GREAT!!! they even include 2 plastic shapes to practice on. its like magic!!!
you have to follow directions closely, but once i got the hang of it , i was able to get a mirror finish almost instantly.
the surface must be mirror and free of any imperfections to be able to get a mirror finish in the chrome, which is to be expected. but the process is pretty simple once you get the hang of it, i know alsa has a clear4chrome, as well as a mirraClear, aerosol clears work fine, but if you want that true WOW effect i'd grab their clear4chrome for best optical clarity!
May 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Texas Chrome at home
The ChromeFX kit is not a quick process, like anything worth while, it takes time. Prep, prep, and more prep. The better the prep, the better the finish. Follow the instructions and take your time. You need to apply this to an extremely smooth surface, not just smooth, but glass smooth. There is a lot of mixing, and rigid application times to follow. You must use Deionized Water for rinsing. I had disastrous results using Distilled Water. Water purity must be 0.000ppm, that is 100% pure! Anything but pure water will tarnish the finish.
It took me 3 attempts to get the desired finish, including the first time when I tried to substitute Distilled Water for Deionized water.
This is not a simple spray can of silver paint, it is a detailed process to create mirror like chrome effects. Everything (except the deionized water) is provided, including the mixing spray bottles. If you are looking for a quick 5 minute task then move along; if you are willing to put in the effort to get amazing results then this is the product you have been looking for.
I really wish I could upload some pictures of my finished project, unfortunately the piece is a company logo so I cannot upload it here.
September 16, 2013