Chrome emblems can look great when new, shiny, or in good condition. However, over time, they can become dull and itchy from lack of proper care. Chrome emblems also have a shiny look that may or may not be desirable. Painting a chrome emblem is relatively easy, but requires a slightly different approach than painting chrome-free metallic elements if you want the paint to adhere properly and stay there for years.
Step 1: paint chrome to black
Remove the emblem from whatever it is attached to if possible. If the emblem cannot be removed, apply masking tape to nearby areas to protect them during this project.
Step 2: paint chrome in black
Sand the emblem by hand with 180-grit sandpaper. For a large area or emblem, use a dual-action sander with the same grit of sandpaper. Sand the emblem until the chrome is completely opaque and flat with no reflections. To obtain a uniform finish, sand in the same direction with the same force. Finish the sanding with 220-grit sandpaper.
Step 3: how to paint chrome to black
Clean the emblem with mineral spirits and a clean, lint-free towel. Removes all oil and grease from emblem handling as well as chrome sanding dust.
Step 4: paint black on chrome
Paint the emblem with a spray can of high quality urethane primer such as Krylon. Spray a light coating on the surface of the emblem. Allow primer to dry for about a minute and then spray on two to four thick coats. For a smooth finish, wet sand the emblem between coats with 220-grit sandpaper and then 400-grit sandpaper. Allow primer to dry sufficiently before sanding.
Step 5: how to paint chrome black
Apply a couple of coats of primer sealer with a spray can. Allow the sealer to dry then wet sand it with 220 grit and then 400 grit sandpaper.
Spray on the color you have chosen to paint the emblem, using the same method that was used for the primer. Apply two to four thick, consistent coats and then finish by wet sanding with 400-grit sandpaper. For an even smoother finish, use 1,000-grit, then 1,500-grit sandpaper.
Items you will need, paint chrome emblems
- Masking tape (optional)
- 180 and 220 grit sandpaper
- Mineral spirits
- Clean, lint-free towel
- Urethane primer (aerosol can)
- 400-grit sandpaper
- Primer sealer (aerosol can)
- Spray paint
- 1,000 and 1,500 grit sandpaper (optional)