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Removing Chrome

Post by Hicksy on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 1:23 am

Just wondering what you guys find best to remove the chrome off the plastic parts?
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by dufasdave on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 6:11 am

Try putting your parts in a container of normal household bleach. Chrome be gone with you.
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by Hicksy on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 8:41 am

Ill give that a whirl and see how I go. Thanks dave.
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by dv8v8 on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 10:46 pm

from memory i think theres several other threads with a number of different suggestions have a look through past threads of how to's & Q's
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by GothicKustomz on Fri 12 Jul 2013, 3:48 am

Windex works, and what is the main ingrediant of Windex?, Ammonia works, Dot 3 brake fluid works, fresh bleah works, I have even used Westly's bleach white, it's whit wall cleaner, there just a few.
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by Tubman on Fri 12 Jul 2013, 5:11 am

Oven cleaner.
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by zenrat on Fri 12 Jul 2013, 11:14 am

Caustic Soda mixed up so strong it'll give you chemical burns is my stripper of choice.
The chrome will dissolve before your eyes.
Then I put the parts straight into brake fluid to strip the lacquer they put on under the chrome (no point in just stripping the chrome - the lacquer is thicker and that is what softens all the detail).

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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by allan on Mon 15 Jul 2013, 8:51 am

I found bleach works quickly.
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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by kevjoh on Sat 31 Aug 2013, 4:33 pm

White King Bleach from your local supermarket 1.25 ltrs for around $3 does the trick every time. 10min then a scrub with an old toothbrush, no more chrome.

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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by slowlylearning on Sat 31 Aug 2013, 5:24 pm

I use 2000 grit, takes a lot longer, but its fun to sit there for ages working on one part, its another reason I never finish anything Razz

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Re: Removing Chrome

Post by warra48 on Wed 01 Jul 2015, 4:36 pm

I've never been happy with using the spray cans of over cleaner to remove chrome. Most all of them remove the chrome, but it's the remaining coat of lacquer which has always been a problem for me. And I never could get bleach to do the job.

So I kept looking for a solution. Until today when I found the answer.

Mrs warra came home with a pack of OzKleen Oven Power, bought from our local Woollies supermarket. It comes in a box containing a plastic bottle along with some other stuff. The cleaner is a thickish liquid.

I used it on some chrome parts from a Revell Germany kit. Just poured a few millimetres into the botton of a small glass jar, threw in the parts and made sure they were totally submerged. The chrome almost disappeared before my eyes. I left it for a couple of hours while mrs warra and I watched a DVD, then went back to it. I rinsed the gunk out of the jar, gave the parts a rinse and a quick scrub with a toothbrush, and I was left with pristine clean parts. The lacquer coating had totally dissolved. It had no nasty effect on the plastic itself. Brilliant.

Usual safety precautions apply, yada yada etc. Use at own risk yada yada etc. And it's aussie made and owned.

This will be my go to stripper from now on.
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