I was nervous about the finish - I know to get a true chrome finish you have to go to an auto shop and pay lotsa dollars. So I found the Krylon Premium Silver Metallic spraypaint and also purchased the Rub n Buff in silver leaf. I just didn't want that plain silver spray paint finish - that looks - well - spraypainted. LOL
Here are the two medallions - gave them a bath along with all the glass and metal pieces I removed. I also washed the light and all of the scrollwork and crystals - not fun. The second picture is the after. I am pleased - it is not a silver spray paint and as you can see there is a reflective quality to it. I just wanted something to reflect the light and shine as opposed to a matte finish. For the price paid - $5.49 at Hobby Lobby before the 40% off coupon. Not a bad deal. I would recommend it - it is not a true super shiny chrome - so don't expect it to be.
These medallions were in not-so-great shape - quite pitted and lost a lot of the brass finish.
I used the Rub n Buff Silver Leaf on all the little embellishments. I wanted a slight contrast in color/finish and I also wanted to enhance some of the detail. Sometimes spray painting can cover this up too much. This stuff is GREAT! Hobby Lobby - $3.99 for a tube that I will probably never use up in my lifetime.
Hang it from a tree - my favorite way to spray paint anything.
Here is the after - I put the white plastic candle holders on there to protect the socket underneath and those took the chrome paint very well. I actually like the drippy covers with the chrome. I may not use the new plain white ones although I am thinking of using the plain white and just adding chrome stripe at the top.
It is still drying and now I have to silver rub about 1,000 little bowties which hold the crystals together. I hope I don't break any bending and unbending them all. Oh fun.
I will reveal the finished product in the next few days
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!