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New Golden Cad System W/Diamond Clear is rated 3.5455 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is all in how you prep and use it. I haven't been able to make a part look EXACTLY like real gold cad plating, but with good part prep and proper application I've been able to get pretty darned close. For the price and convenience, I don't think you could do much better. This kit will do a lot of small parts. To get as close to a cad look as possible, I find that you have to do the following... First, sand the part to a very shiny bare metal finish with 600 to 1000 grit paper. Then, very lightly mist the gold on there. You don't want to cover all of the bare metal shine. Doing so will give you a part that looks like it was spray-painted gold. Going really light on the gold helps you mimic the iridescent look of cad. .
Date published: 2013-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent when used properly I've used this a few times now and it's a decent alternative to cad plating - if you practice and take your time! "Dusting" each color AND the clear is key to a good finish as Cad is not overly shiny. Put a light dusting of each component on, then look at it outside before spraying more. I have found that semi-gloss look is best. The red and green will last for 5 boosters, so you just have to buy the gold and clear to do more.
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not really Cad...close but you can tell I have used also on a couple of drivers and it clearly looks like paint and not true cad. I have also judged cars at large events and this type of coating is a real no no with points deducted....again for a true show car. If you are going for a real show look, you need authentic cad, not paint. However...it would look ok for local shows where they really don't care too much in many cases. Easy to use and goes on nice..
Date published: 2010-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from worthless This paint is terrible. I can't get it to go on smooth like every other spray paint I've ever used. I've tried prepping the metal different ways, bare metal, different primers. No matter what it's lumpy and fish eyes everywhere. Now I have to strip it all off and use something else. For me, not only is it not worth $55, I wouldn't use it for free. My first experience with Eastwood products, I'm not impressed.
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The closest to Cad, plating for the Money! I have used Eastwood's Cad, system for several years now, and I can say That I have nothing but Positive results with this Product. Granted If you want Concourse quality=Then you will spend the money for the real deal. However, if you want a show winner at the local events, and can't afford the process of real Cadmium Plating. This Product is ONLY second to REAL Cadmium Plating. It's worth every Penny!
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very close to real cad, but not quite. If you are doing an original concorse resto, this is not for you. But this still is a great product at an attractive price. Follow the instructions properly and you will still have a very attractive part when you are finished. This system will actually preserve your part longer than real gold cad. Again this is another great product for Eastwood.
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eastwoods gold cad works as good as plating With two best of shows and many 1st place wins I have never plated anything under the hood. With the help of Eastwoods gold cad and some practice you will be able to make plating a thing of the past. it dont fade or oxidize and is easly cleaned and looks like new after two years on the show circuit. this is one great product that works.
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice-looking finish for the price; very easy to apply I've finished a few engine parts with this system and have achieved good results but with two modifications. 1) Do not apply the gold paint "until full hiding is achieved," as per the instructions. The finish will look more realistic if some of the metallic sheen from the metal surface shows through the gold paint. 2) Do not wait for the gold paint to dry before applying the red and green tints. That way, the red and green colors blend more smoothly into the gold as the paint dries and will have a more realistic cad-plated appearance. The diamond clear provides a very smooth finish for painted parts (I've used it on other parts, as well), but seems to take away some of the realistic appearance when applied over the gold/red/green of this system. I applied it over the fuel filter (as the accompanying photos show) as added protection around fuel systems, as I plan to wash my engine frequently. Overall, a good system that is very easy to apply that fills the void for a cadmium-plating substitute.
Date published: 2012-04-23
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New Golden Cad System W/Diamond Clear

Item #10349Z

Replicate the look of golden cadmium;
finish with diamond clear gloss


Replicate the look of golden cadmium plating in 3 easy steps 3-step aerosol paint process duplicates the look of golden cadmium plating at a fraction of the price of replacements or re-plating.
  • Superior acrylic enamel
  • Produces the natural yellow-cadmium gloss, with red and green highlights
  • Long-term corrosion protection
  • Includes Diamond Clear Gloss for the finishing touch

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About New Golden Cad System W/Diamond Clear

Golden Cad - This new acrylic enamel 3-step system has been designed to achieve a more realistic effect than our original Golden Cad System. Withstands temperatures up to 250 degrees F. Produces a natural 30% gloss (90% with Diamond Clear Gloss top coat). Can be used on most parts without expensive replacement or replating. Provides long-lasting protection against corrosion. Includes Gold Base, Red Zinc, Green Zinc and a can of (10200Z) Diamond Clear Gloss for Bare Metal for increased shine and durability. 12 oz net wt. aerosol cans (enough to cover 6 sq. ft.).


This system includes Gold Base, Red Zinc, Green Zinc and Diamond Clear Gloss for Bare Metal all in 12 oz net wt. aerosol cans (also available individually). Enough to cover about 6 square feet.


For improved adhesion of the Gold Base apply (16014Z) Self Etching Primer.


Made in the USA. 30 Day Eastwood Warranty.


Surface to be coated should be clean and dry. Prime for increased durability. Use Self Etching Primer (16014Z) on clean bare metal. Shake can and apply Golden Cad Base. Allow base to dry for 2 hours before applying steps 2 (Red Zinc) and 3 (Green Zinc). Apply Red and Green at random to best duplicate the look of Golden Cad plating. For enhanced appearance and durability allow coating to dry overnight and apply a coat of Diamond Clear Gloss for Bare Metal (10200Z). Withstands temperatures up to 250 degrees F.

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