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Metallic finish on plastic parts

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I have seen some plastics painted on a metallic finish that looks like real metal unless you look it behind the part and discover it is plain plastic.

Attached is a picture of an ABS plastic painted with this finish. Note that the plastic part shown is not printed.

Does anyone have an idea of what kind of process achieves such amazing finish ?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x9x6ihy60il6cg1/met_finish.jpg

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You could also have a look at shops for custom car parts, spoilers, wheels, accessories,... They usually have a lot of special metalic paints for plastics, and they should know how to get it to stick to plastic (how to grind, how to chemically activate the surface, apply primer, and so on).

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