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#61 retroguy

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 08:59 PM

Here's my 2cents...
I've been using Drano and Liquid Plumber and it works 99% of the time.sometimes I have to leave the parts in for a nite or two.But for the most part it usually works any where from minutes to1-2 hrs.

The problem I was having was the undercoating,but this usually comes off with soap and water...
For the most part no complaints but I might try some of the above ideas... :D

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:29 AM

I use dish washing liquid. It the parts fit, I put them in a 24 oz soda bottle with the lid to contain the dish washing liquid smell...24 because I've been using it to strip sprue tree lengths as well.

Edited by Skydime, 12 January 2011 - 08:30 AM.


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Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:34 AM

I truly don't mean to be negative, but this is one of the most often-repeated subjects on all scale car building forums. Is there a way we can pin a tutorial or something on this subject? It's really very tiresome. People can be directed to those threads, rather than dealing with a new thread on the same thing over and over again for the 200th time. Pinned subjects can always be added to; but I feel like I'm wasting my time when I look for new answers and keep seeing the same old thing.

I would also hope for recommendations for pinned subjects in the Tutorials section for many other subjects that keep reappearing, such as:

How to use BMF
How do you make hinges?
Best primers and paints?
How to strip paint?

And you know the rest.

One of the problems is that this site has a totally useless search function, and it makes no sense to direct newbies to it. scaleautomag.com has an excellent search function, and I would direct people there.

Edited by sjordan2, 12 January 2011 - 11:43 AM.


#64 sjordan2

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:02 PM

'Okay, all kinds of people swear by the following. Anyone have anything new? Why isn't this all we need in a pinned subject?

This should probably be the subject for a poll, but here's what members stand by for chrome stripping (in alphabetical order):

Regular Bleach
Brake fluid - Castrol Super Clean (CSC_ etc)
Coca-Cola
Dawn Power Dissolver
Drano
Easy Off oven cleaner - original yellow can
Liquid Plumbr
Oven-Off oven cleaner
Purple Power
Simple Green
Westley's Bleche-Wite
Window cleaner with Ammonia
Zep purple degreaser

#65 High octane

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 06:54 PM

I've been using Clorox Bleech for years and it seems to work well. Sometimes better on some kits that others.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:03 PM

what is the best way to strip chrome without damaging the parts,,,,,any help guys,,,,,,,thanks ,,,,,jr

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:37 AM

As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat Purple Power or Super Clean for stripping paint and/or chrome from plastic parts. There are other methods, but the purple pond works fastest and safest, and it's the least toxic. Plus, once it's past its prime, it's biodegradeable so it is safe to pour it down a household drain.


Works for me!


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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:45 AM

thanks alot i will try it,,,,,,,,jr

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:57 AM

Two words, that everyone ignores, Simple Green.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 07:33 AM

No matter what method one uses for stripping chrome, the clear lacquer coating on the part still remains. After stripping chrome, I soak the part in Scalecoat Paint Remover (found at most model railroading oriented hobby shops.) It takes that off cleanly and quickly. Testors' ELO also works but not quite as efficiently. Once you take the lacquer layer off, its ready for paint.

Just my 2 cents.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:10 PM

Superclean takes the chrome off in about an hour or less and will remove the clear coating usually within 24 hours. Just did a big batch of bumpers this week, even removed Modelhaus chrome/clear.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:43 PM

No matter what method one uses for stripping chrome, the clear lacquer coating on the part still remains. After stripping chrome, I soak the part in Scalecoat Paint Remover (found at most model railroading oriented hobby shops.) It takes that off cleanly and quickly. Testors' ELO also works but not quite as efficiently. Once you take the lacquer layer off, its ready for paint.

Just my 2 cents.

Sometimes the "purple stuff" will remove the clear undercoat, sometimes it doesn't. I use Chameleon paint stripper to get the tuff stuff.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:13 PM

i always use bleach to strip chrome.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 05:26 PM

The best and most friendly product and the only thing I use to strip chrome is Dawn Power Dissolver. It works in as little as a couple hours, it has no fumes, and will strip both the chrome and the lacquer undercoat. These parts were done in about 3 or 4 hours, and required just a light scrubbing with an old toothbrush under the faucet to clean up.

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These were sort of "forgotten", and this was after maybe a week or two.

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When I finally was ready for the engine in my project, all it took was a quick rinse with water to look like this, no scrubbing involved!

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:31 PM

I have used Ammonia and it removes it quite fast. I tested it and it removed the chrome withing 10-15 mins. I need to try and leave it longer to see if it gets rid of clear lacquer coat.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:03 AM

what is the best way to strip chrome without damaging the parts,,,,,any help guys,,,,,,,thanks ,,,,,jr


drano and liquid plumber also...sometimes in less than a minute...

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:08 PM

I asked this question once and one of the replies I got was Westley's Bleche-Wite. I happened to have some so I've tried it twice. Bare plastic in like a half-hour. May be beginner's luck, worked for me tho.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:12 PM

I use normal bleach, chrome is gone in a few mins tops

AMT chrome is normally a bit harder to strip than Revell

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:58 AM

plain old bleach in a mason jar ,, revell chrome ...30 seconds
amt chrome can take up to an hour,, everything else goes pretty quick.
I figure everyone has bleach..and it's cheap !

it won't remove the clear undercoat but thats easily sanded if necessary

Edited by scalenut, 03 May 2011 - 08:59 AM.


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 11:53 AM

Dot 3 brake fluid or my favorite windex