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Any tricks for achieving a metallic look without using metallic paint?

Discussion in 'Techniques, Textures, Tips & Tricks!' started by Karl Becker, Nov 19, 2020.


  1. Karl Becker

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    The next piece I'm working on has stainless steel and polished brass in it. Other than getting the shades of gray/silver and yellow right, are there any little nuggets out there as far as getting a metal look without actually using metallic paint? I'm afraid that if I use actual metallics I'm going to overpower what I'm going for.

    I have a feeling that as long as I paint what I see right it will take care of itself, but figured I would ask the collective group anyway in case I'm missing something obvious. If you haven't figured it out yet, I tend to over think things.

    Thanks!
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    Metal reflects and the sharper the reflection, the shinier it will look. Chrome has sharp and clear line, aluminium or dulled metals has a duller look. Here is a car I did many years ago. You can see the one grill slat appears much shinier than the others because it has sharper lines.

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    Maybe a thin layer Createx Hot Rod Sparkle.
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    I’d love to advise... But honestly I’m here for the answers.
    Just ignore me.


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    Thanks again, folks! All very helpful, and I'm looking into the links provided.

    I can't ignore you, Si. Hopefully this helps both of us. :)
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    I have not read correctly. I thought you wanted to airbrush something on stainless steel.
    But to make the effect of brushed stainless steel. Can you start with a medium gray. And then scratch in a straight line with a piece of sandpaper.
    Then add some lines with a dark gray.
    To make it softer, mist with white.
    Then some gloss with white. Or some dark spots in transparent black.
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    Ahh, thanks Dude. I’m sure it’ll help more than just us.


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    How about this, it might help a bit




    Chrome is basically hard and soft edges with dark and light fades. It really is a paint what you see type of thing. I've had a go and some of it came out ok


    Hotrod.jpg

    Hope this sheds a bit of light on what your trying to achieve.

    Lee
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