How to Paint Chrome Emblems Black


Chrome emblems may look great when they're shiny and new or in good shape. Over time, though, they can become dull and pitted from lack of proper care. Chrome emblems also have a bright look that may or may not be desirable. Painting a chrome emblem is relatively easy, but it requires a slightly different approach than painting non-chrome metal items if you want the paint to adhere properly and stay there for years.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape (optional)
  • 180 and 220-grit sandpaper
  • Mineral spirits
  • Clean, lint-free towel
  • Urethane primer (spray can)
  • 400-grit sandpaper
  • Primer sealer (spray can)
  • Spray paint
  • 1,000 and 1,500-grit sandpaper (optional)
  • Remove the emblem from whatever it is attached to if possible. If it is not possible to remove the emblem, apply masking tape to nearby areas to protect them during this project.

  • Sand the emblem by hand with 180-grit sandpaper. For a large emblem or area, use a dual-action sander with the same grit of sandpaper. Sand the emblem until the chrome is totally dull and flat, with no reflections. To get a consistent finish, sand in the same direction with the same amount of force. Finish the sanding with 220-grit sandpaper.

  • Clean the emblem with mineral spirits and a clean, lint-free towel. Remove all of the oil and grease from handling the emblem as well as the dust from sanding the chrome.

  • Paint the emblem with a spray can of high-quality urethane primer such as Krylon. Spray a light dusting on the emblem surface. Let the primer dry for a minute or so, and then spray on two to four heavy coats. For a smooth finish, wet-sand the emblem between coats with 220-grit sandpaper and then 400-grit sandpaper. Let the primer dry sufficiently before sanding.

  • Apply a couple of coats of primer sealer from a spray can. Allow the sealer to dry, and then wet-sand it with 220- and then 400-grit sandpaper.

  • Spray on whatever color you have chosen to paint the emblem, using the same method that was used for the primer. Apply two to four heavy, consistent coats and then finish by wet-sanding with 400-grit sandpaper. For an even smoother finish, use 1,000-grit and then 1,500-grit sandpaper.

Related Searches


Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Paint Over a Chrome Surface

    Painting over chrome is a slipperier proposition than it sounds. The common misconception is that chrome is used as a protectant because...

  • How to Paint Car Emblems

    When most cars leave the factory, they come with either painted or chromed emblems. Often, owners want to paint the emblems for...

  • How to Restore Auto Emblems

    Auto emblems may be aspects of a car that you hardly notice when they are in good shape, but they can become...

  • How to Paint With Dupli Color Chrome

    Chrome plating is a common finish for a number of applications, including many automotive components. Unfortunately chrome plating is also extremely expensive...

  • How to Black Out Rims

    Having blacked out rims is a way to make a statement without going with the usual chrome aftermarket rims. Blacked out rims...

  • How to Paint Chrome Wheels Black

    Chrome is a type of metallic plating or paint that is frequently used on automobiles and motorcycles. It is shiny and reflective...

  • How to Create Your Own Chrome Emblems

    Every car manufacturer puts an emblem on every car they create. The emblem can be cheap plastic on lower end cars, chrome,...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How To Travel For Free With Reward Points

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!