Painting over chrome, as if it were any other type of metal finish, may seem like a simple project initially. However, paint can peel away or sometimes does not adhere well at all. It is possible to convert a chrome finish to a brushed nickel finish with a level nickel spray paint, but the surface needs proper preparation of the chrome in order to get the paint to stick. Preparing includes cleaning off all of the grime, thoroughly sanding the chrome, and then priming it with a self-etching primer.
Clean the chrome pieces extensively using a household cleaner and soft cloth. Wipe the pieces dry using a soft cloth.
Set a few sheets of paper outdoors on a non-windy day, or on a work surface at a well-ventilated area.
Sand the chrome pieces extensively using medium-grit sandpaper or a sanding block, followed by fine-grit sandpaper. Scuff the end up marginally. This makes it easier for the primer to adhere to the chrome. Wipe off the pieces with paper towels to remove particles.
Cover any regions of the pieces you do not wish to paint with painter’s tape. Set each piece atop the paper.
Shake the primer may as recommended in the manufacturer’s instructions. Prime every cohesive object by holding the primer can 12 to 18 inches away, moving your arm in slow, even lines to pay for the objects extensively. Allow primer to dry completely. Flip the pieces to prime areas you have missed, if needed, allowing this coat to dry as well. Sand the dried primer using fine-grit sandpaper when the instructions recommend it.
Shake the nickel spray paint may vigorously for a minute or 2, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Paint each piece in smooth, even arm movements, holding the can 12 to 18 inches apart in the project as you paint. Allow paint to dry at least 30 minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer, then paint on one or two layers, as desired.