Which Chrome is for me?

Here at Creative Paints Ltd we have a reflective paint for almost any situation. To help you find which product will be more suitable for you, we’ve put together a little explanation of each product. Please read this before you buy to ensure you end up with the very best product for your needs.



Hydrochrome Extreme is our hardwearing reflective coating. The system is sold solely in kit form with each kit containing the correct amount of basecoat, silvering solutions and topcoat required for each size. The system can be used on automotive projects as well as general exterior use of on interior items needing a strong finish. The coating creates a beautiful, highly reflective finish, which can be left as bright white chrome or coloured using candy tints. Hydrochrome Extreme will pass a cross hatch adhesion test (feel free to try for yourself on one of our sample cards) and can be made even more hardwearing by combining it with our new Crystal Topcoat which will give the coating a 9H pencil hardness. A dual nozzle spray or one of our red dual chamber trigger sprayers gun can be used to lay down the silvering solutions for this kit, or make the whole process easier and quicker by using one of our gravity set ups.


Suitable for:

Interior furniture with heavy use - kitchen units, bathroom furniture such as baths, sinks and even toilets, chairs and tablesHigh use interior items – musical instruments, gaming devicesFlooring and wall coveringsInterior décorExterior use e.g. sculptureAutomotive use, particularly bright work such as alloy wheels and grills


Extra equipment required:

Full spray gun and compressor set up, with extractor fanDual nozzle spray gunDrip trayDe-ionised water (RO Water)



Our Hydrochrome is a silver nitrate based system and creates a bright, reflective surface onto almost any substrate. The chrome can be coloured using a candy tint or left as a bright white chrome effect using our special violet tinted topcoat (provided as standard in all kits and basecoat/ topcoat sets). The simpler and less expensive of our two silver nitrate style kits, Hydrochrome is suitable for interior use. The kit should not be used on any project requiring a hardwearing surface, as the coating will not have 100% inter-coat adhesion, but saying that as long as you apply a few more layers of topcoat a few of our clients have had good results for surfaces requiring a semi-hardwearing coating or use our Crystal Clear topcoat that has a 9h pencil hardness. This system will not pass a cross hatch adhesion test and so is not suitable for automotive use.

Our mini kits come with all the silvering solutions, base coat and topcoat you need plus our famous red trigger sprayer unit - great for use on small items.

Suitable for:

PrototypesInterior decorative piecesModel makersMirror making


Not suitable for:

Automotive useExterior use


Extra equipment required:

Full spray gun and compressor set up, with extractor fanDual nozzle spray gun (for any item larger than a bike helmet)Drip trayDe-ionised water (RO Water)



Our solvent based chrome effect product produces a highly polished aluminium look– simple and quick to apply and requiring only standard spraying equipment. Chromium should be laid over a black high gloss basecoat and then have a water-based stabilizer applied over the top of the chromium layer to keep that shiny finish. This product can be coloured using a Candy tinted topcoat and can be applied to metal, wood, glass, ceramics and even leather.

But please be aware you do not get intercoat adhesion between the layers.

Suitable for:

Large itemsProjects that need a simple, relatively fast applicationBathsAutomotive interiorsSculpture



Our newest solvent based chrome effect paint system which provides a really bright finish! Now Available as part of our Chromium®️ Collection.