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Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:57:13 am »
Art company Molotow have produced a range of 'Liquid Chrome - 20 Years Edition' pens which seem to be really good. It's not just silver ink: the stuff can actually produce a surface you can see reflections in. I saw an artist raving about them on Twitter, so I decided to give them a go, and got one from Ebay for about 7. I notice that Hannants and other hobby retailers are doing them too. You can get 1,2,4 or 5mm nib sizes.

Here's the pen (1mm for me):



Here's a test patch on my Meteor paint-hack:



And here's a close-up. See the reflection?:



Bear in mind that I only did that very roughly and with no practice. I'm sure that if you get more used to the pen, you can get a smoother finish, and or course, preparation and undercoat are a factor. My main use for it will be things like hydraulic struts on 1/72nd models, so see-your-face quality is not the issue, but I'd imagine it's a boon for car/bike modellers or anyone else who does relatively large areas of chrome. I don't see any sign of it reacting with other paints that's it laid on top of, one thing I haven't tried yet is clear coats on top of it.

Here's Molotow's website: https://shop.molotow.com/en/marker-refills.html?product_range=liquid-chrometm
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 07:04:52 am »
That looks seriously impressive H, well spotted.  :thumbsup:

It could well be the answer to the 'Chrome Bumper' problem with many car models.
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 07:44:49 am »
Thanks for sharing, good find.

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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018, 08:31:57 am »
Great for oleos.
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 02:15:20 am »
Looks pretty good.  How does it stand up to handling?
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 02:21:28 am »
Looks pretty good.  How does it stand up to handling?

A rigorous ten-second testing program has just proved that it's possible to rub it to a matt sheen pretty easily and rub it right off in tiny specks. Bear in mind that it was applied in a fairly inconsistent thickness in the test area, and also over a non-ideal undercoat. You might well be advised to clear-coat it it if you're using it on an big or handleable area, and you'd be equally well-advised to test the compatibility of the chrome and the clear coat first, because I haven't.
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 02:26:25 am »
Thanks H.

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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2018, 05:06:39 am »
Great for oleos.

Very much so.

One wonders what the life span/expectancy is ? Is it going to sit in your mug being used on oleo's for the next 5 years or will it dry out after 6 months ? I'm not being critical, but sometimes art materials aren't designed to have the large "down time" that we models give them ?

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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 01:41:07 pm »
Molotow manufacturers spray paints etc. used by street artists and other spray paint
artists, I have some friends who use it for their work and it stands up/lasts very well.

I have a couple of the chrome markers.
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2018, 04:13:33 pm »
Don't they make cocktails too?  ;) ;D
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2018, 07:58:53 pm »
Don't they make cocktails too?  ;) ;D

If you want me to test that by setting fire to the tip and throwing it at a tank, I can do so, but it'll have to wait until after all the other tests...
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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2018, 10:14:18 pm »
Don't they make cocktails too?  ;) ;D

If you want me to test that by setting fire to the tip and throwing it at a tank, I can do so, but it'll have to wait until after all the other tests...


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Re: Molotow Liquid Chrome pens
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2018, 12:59:09 am »
Molotow manufacturers spray paints etc. used by street artists and other spray paint
artists, I have some friends who use it for their work and it stands up/lasts very well.



Thanks Jon  :thumbsup:
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