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Old 12-23-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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Chrome finish with spray paint?

I have a Perko spotlight that has the chrome finish all weathered off. Any ideas for a paint finish? The metal is not pitted, just looks that way.
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:28 PM   #2
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My preference would be powder coating. Of course it would need to be pulled apart first.
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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My preference would be powder coating. Of course it would need to be pulled apart first.
Yup...there are some excellent powdercoat finishes that look like Chrome..



http://www.columbiacoatings.com/stor...rome-TGIC.aspx
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:41 PM   #4
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Powder coat is great, and the way I'd go now. But on our last boat, before I "discovered" powder coating, I prepped, primed and painted our searchlight white. Cheap and easy and re-painting when needed is no big deal. Looked good, unless you need the shiny bling.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:02 PM   #5
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Personally I'd send it off to these guys and have it rechromed. They did a beautiful job on my windlass. Gulf Plating
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:00 PM   #6
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Old 12-24-2015, 07:13 AM   #7
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Spray aluminum paint , from alongside it will look fine as it does not show dings or flaws like chrome or reflective pain will.
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Old 12-24-2015, 09:38 AM   #8
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A proper chrome plater won't show any flaws either let alone any prepped and primed coating. If deciding to go the powder coat route, I'd go with white or something that matches the boat color.
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Old 12-25-2015, 07:26 PM   #9
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I have a Perko spotlight that has the chrome finish all weathered off. Any ideas for a paint finish? The metal is not pitted, just looks that way.
If chrome plating failed, I wouldn't give spray paint much of a chance of lasting for more than a year or so.

Get it rechromed, powder coated or just replace it. How much is it worth?
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"WesK: If chrome plating failed, I wouldn't give spray paint much of a chance of lasting for more than a year or so. Get it rechromed, powder coated or just replace it. How much is it worth?"

Last time I checked on getting my 7" Jabsco searchlight re-chromed locally, the quote was slightly more than a new searchlight.
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Old 12-26-2015, 06:31 AM   #11
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They are 2.5 grand new, mine is 30 years old. I'm going with white gloss paint.
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:05 AM   #12
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I agree Terry,
Another option may decorative tin coating.
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:53 AM   #13
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"WesK: If chrome plating failed, I wouldn't give spray paint much of a chance of lasting for more than a year or so. Get it rechromed, powder coated or just replace it. How much is it worth?"

Last time I checked on getting my 7" Jabsco searchlight re-chromed locally, the quote was slightly more than a new searchlight.
There's your answer.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:45 PM   #14
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I was ready to start sanding and tried some Bar Keepers Friend instead. This is 15 minutes later. I'll post a final pic when assembled.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:11 PM   #15
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all done.
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Old 12-28-2015, 04:15 PM   #16
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Looks awesome Terry!

I'll be looking at Amazon for some later
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Old 12-28-2015, 04:29 PM   #17
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Bar Keepers Friend is available at any hardware store or supermarket. Also in liquid form.
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Meridian, that turned out great! Can you post a picture or two of the controls for the spot light? Have you used it much at night? I am wondering how well they work. It is a good looking light.
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:13 PM   #19
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I haven't used it yet as my handheld unit is much easier to use. I may sell it and use the space for solar panels. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-31-2015, 05:55 PM   #20
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...my handheld unit is much easier to use. I may sell it and use the space for solar panels.
We're thing about doing the same thing, get rid of it and add solar panels. At anchor it's great but trying to look at anything under way is a pia. A handheld is much easier to steady on an object.
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