How To Get A Chrome Finish On Your Cosplay Props
If you are a dedicated cosplayer or are new to it, you likely want your costume and props to be as realistic as possible. When you use PChrome spray chrome for your swords and other cosplay props, you can make them appear very real. Here is a brief guide to this performance art as well as what you will need to metalize your own weapons.
What is Cosplay?
Cosplay is considered to be a performance art in which people become specific characters. It is very popular in Japan, Asia and in the U.S. People wear costumes that are detailed to the finest extent, and some people adopt the affectations and mannerisms of the characters they are portraying. It has become very popular in the last few decades, and enthusiasts attend conventions and other events while portraying their chosen characters.
People do not use real weapons, but they instead use prop weapons that are often made out of foam. It is possible to metalize foam sword blades, knife blades and other cosplay weapons by using PChrome spray-on chrome.
You will need to gather the following materials:
- Your PChrome Artist’s starter kit
- Safety glasses, rubber gloves and a vinyl apron to protect your clothes
- An air blower
- Deionized water
- Masking tape to tape off parts you don’t want to chrome
How to prepare your props for spray chrome
Begin by applying primer to the surface that you will chrome. Tape off the parts that you do not want to have chrome. After the primer dries, sand it to help it become smooth. You’ll then want to go ahead and mix your solutions so that they are ready for you to use.
How to apply spray chrome on props
1. Mix your solutions in the correct ratios
Your kit contains four concentrates. You will mix each according to the following ratios:
● One part S solution to 30 milliliters of deionized water
● One part R solution to 30 milliliters of deionized water
● One part D solution to 30 milliliters of deionized water
● Four parts W solution to 30 milliliters of deionized water
After mixing these, set them aside in their correspondingly labeled bottles.
2. Mix your base coat and apply it
For your base coat, mix together the Permalac 2KA and Permalac 2KB in equal parts. To this mixture, add the 2K black reducer in a ratio of 20 percent of the volume. Apply it with horizontal passes from the bottom of the piece to the top. Once it is coated, allow it to cure for 24 hours. Make certain to clean out your spray gun using paint thinner or acetone after this step.
3. Metalize your weaponry
After your base coat is cured, you next want to sensitize the surface. You do this by liberally spraying it with your W solution followed by your D solution. Rinse it with deionized water, and repeat the sensitizer application. Rinse it off again with the deionized water. Don’t allow the surface to dry before moving on to the next step.
Spray on your metalizing spray, which is made of the S and R solutions in your dual-bottle sprayer. Again, use a horizontal spraying pattern. Repeat the applications until you have the shine that you want.
4. Apply your topcoat
You’ll next apply your topcoat. It is mixed by combining the 2KA topcoat together with the 2KB hardener in equal parts. Use the same ratio of your 2K reducer, this time choosing the clear reducer. Spray it on using a horizontal spraying pattern just as before. It will take approximately 48 hours to fully cure.
When you chrome spray your cosplay props, they’ll look just like the weaponry used by your favorite character. Call us today to place your order or submit it online.