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Painting grille bars with chrome paint
#1384205 Thu Nov 12 2020 01:03 AM
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1947-53 AD, years back, I think it was DADS50 posted a picture of an AD grille that had been painted, rather than chromed. Any pictures or thoughts on this ? I know that House of Kolor. has chrome paint, and was wondering , or using a bright silver with a gloss finish, Your helpful comments and thoughts guys, Thanks Mike !

Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384209 Thu Nov 12 2020 01:42 AM
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I think the Chevrolet Advance-Design truck grills were painted (standard) or chromed 1947-1950.

I think all the Chevrolet Advance Design truck grills were painted from 1951-1953. (Korean War/Conflict - chrome/chromium "went to war"?)

I think the 1954/55 Chevrolet Advance-Design grilles were painted (standard) in 1954/55st; and, chromed grilles were optional in those years. There were different color combinations on the 1954 vs 1955 Advance-Design truck grills.

What year are you interested-in? maybe 1950? [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]


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1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
tclederman #1384215 Thu Nov 12 2020 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
I think all the Chevrolet Advance Design truck grills were painted from 1951-1953. (Korean War/Conflict - chrome/chromium "went to war"?)[/url]
Outer grill bars on painted grilles were body color with white or ivory inner bars. I'm pretty sure 1952-1953's had painted bumpers and hubcaps, but not necessarily grilles. I can't confirm any '51's had chrome plated grilles, but my '51 definitely had a painted grille (Omaha Orange outer bars/Waldorf White inner bars).

I've seen a grille that had chrome powder coating on it. Looked pretty similar to chrome plating.


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Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384238 Thu Nov 12 2020 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
I think all the Chevrolet Advance Design truck grills were painted from 1951-1953. (Korean War/Conflict - chrome/chromium "went to war"?)
Originally Posted by klhansen
Outer grill bars on painted grilles were body color with white or ivory inner bars. I'm pretty sure 1952-1953's had painted bumpers and hubcaps, but not necessarily grilles. I can't confirm any '51's had chrome plated grilles, but my '51 definitely had a painted grille (Omaha Orange outer bars/Waldorf White inner bars).

1948 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1949 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1950 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1951 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1952 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1953 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1954 [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
1955 first series [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384241 Thu Nov 12 2020 12:43 PM
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Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint




I believe That may of been from a thread from another site. I saved some of his pics

the guy was building a work truck daily driver



He rattled can his grill and bumpers.

He said he used Rust-Oluem spray can from home depot, Bright Coat line, Metalic Finish and the color on side is Aluminum

Options for a budget build



Maybe others have used a similar paint/chrome paint and will share their results

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Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
DADS50 #1384272 Thu Nov 12 2020 05:59 PM
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Thats what I saw years back, would like to keep my options open. House of Kolor has some nice colors, but you'd have to buy a quart for about $100 or so... Please post more pics y'all if you come across any, Thanks, Mike

Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384318 Fri Nov 13 2020 12:33 AM
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Those pages that Tim posted I don't believe told the whole story for the non-Korean War years. If you notice, the 1950 page references an RPO for Chrome grille, but that same page is missing on all the other years, just having the figure of the front end of a big bolt (standard production, non-RPO).

Last edited by klhansen; Fri Nov 13 2020 01:27 AM.

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Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384321 Fri Nov 13 2020 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by bluedot38
Thats what I saw years back, would like to keep my options open. House of Kolor has some nice colors, but you'd have to buy a quart for about $100 or so... Please post more pics y'all if you come across any, Thanks, Mike

Yeah, don't think I would spend 100 bucks for a test, unless I could see some samples

Id like to see some pics also

Good luck

Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384339 Fri Nov 13 2020 03:59 AM
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Here are some clarifying details, this corresponds to the notes on the bottom of the pages Tim posted.
1947-48 grill option detail.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50595999202/in/album-72157631872034068/
1949-50 grill option details.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50595999102/in/album-72157631872034068/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50595135523/in/album-72157631872034068/
1951 grill option details.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50595875461/in/album-72157631872034068/
Deluxe cab and chrome grill options are not shown in the 1952 book however the 5-window and paint colors do appear. P
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50595903261/in/album-72157631872034068/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50596026302/in/album-72157631872034068/
I do not have a 1953 version of the books to check.
1954 sees the return of Deluxe cab options (minus chrome grill) it appears as part of Option 393, Chrome Equipment.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/50595979781/in/album-72157631872034068/
I am not aware of a 1955 1st Series book so would guess the chrome option continued?
This is a ‘54 chrome/painted grill I purchased with a parts truck.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/8129485513/in/album-72157631868452754/
Another example recently offered on eBay.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/32240632777/in/album-72157631868452754/

Re: Painting grille bars with chrome paint
bluedot38 #1384374 Fri Nov 13 2020 05:31 PM
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So my brief attempt at using a "chrome" paint product was part of a bike paint job using the chrome paint "Mirra Chrome" as an effect in the paint. In a nut shell, to me it falls short of the "chrome" look, and dulled even more when cleared. Just a step above silver paint.. My suggestion is if you'd like the chrome look then chrome plate them. If you'll like the factory ivory color or even a silver metallic, then paint as such. If you have to pay someone to apply a "chrome paint", I would say the result will likely fall short of true chrome, and I'd spend the extra for true chrome plating.

Mirra Chrome:

https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2016174&postcount=23



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