A common problem is the chroming of parts. Up to now this was a complicated and expensive task as only specialized companies could offer the service of chroming parts. You have had to ship the parts to one of these companies and you never know whether the parts will come back in good condition.
An almost perfect remedy is Alclad-II, produced in England. The chrome effect is almost as good as real chromed parts but it's a much cheaper and easier way to get 'chromed' parts.
First I have been rather sceptical whether Alclad-II really proves. But the results are really stunning. It looks almost like chrome and it's very easy to achieve very good results. Believe it or not, you can mirror yourself in the wheel shown below!
The handling of Alclad-II is easy. First you apply gloss black (the best is Revell Nr. 7) on the part and let it dry. But be careful. Every unevenness will be seen later on the finished part. After the gloss black has dried you can apply two or three very thin coats of Alclad-II (wet in wet procedure). But you need an airbrush with a fine nozzle. Alclad-II dries rather fast but you should wait at least one day until you continue your work. You may enhance the brilliance using polishing wool. But be careful, otherwise you rub down the Alclad-II.
Now to the most interesting part of the paint job. First the complete rim is painted with gloss black (e.g. Revell No. 7). Let the paint enough time to dry. Next apply two very thin coats of Alclad-II on the rim. If you apply too much Alclad-II you won't get the good effect. Do use the thinnest nozzle which is available for your airbrush. The Alclad-II color dries very fast.