03-13-2017, 06:14 AM (This post was last modified: 03-13-2017, 06:23 AM by savagecreature.)
Unfortunately, vacuum metalizing is expensive
There are a number of different alternative painting or finishing methods you could use but none of them will be that "gold chrome" finish. In my experience they'll be more like a weathered, dirty version of C-3PO.
Off the top of my head you could go with a gold rub-n-buff and I've also seen some decent results with automotive gold paint. I'll dig around and see if I can find some images of different finishes.
Welcome to the group
Was lookin' at something else and ran across this
this was done with plasticoat chrome spray paint by backwards lamb over at the RPF
Mirror effect paint only looks mirror-ee when it's sprayed on to the back of glass. (then you look though the other side) On back of the glass it appears to be flat colored paint. That's why all of the painted things on the can are glass