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#181 Tom Geiger

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 04:31 AM

My preference is caustic soda solution. Takes 'chrome' and varnish off in about 5 to 10 minutes, occasionaly and rarely perhaps 20 minutes max.

 

My friend from Australia uses this. He said he starts with flakes and mixes the solution.  He was telling me that he tried to get CSC since he saw it on the board. He either wanted to know where to buy it, or what the active ingredients were and what would be the Aussie equivalent. So he called up Castrol in Australia and the folks there hadn't heard of it.  The guy called him back and said no, it wasn't available, and that nothing that caustic would be allowed to be sold in Australia!



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:58 AM

My preference is caustic soda solution.

 

 

This is the same thing as Sodium Hydroxide, NaOH, and is the active ingredient in Easy Off oven cleaner in the yellow can, Dawn Power Dissolver, most drain cleaners, etc.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:16 AM

so, I tried ammonia last night, and bleach. My chrome parts were all very clean...but still chrome. I had a bottle of CLR sitting around and decided to give it a whirl. worked like a charm, and it was the dollar store variety. From the ingredients list, its mostly sodium hydroxide (lye). Its caustic stuff, so you have to glove up, but its pretty cheap and worked well. Took both the chrome, and the undercoating off.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 09:26 AM

Amanda, as long as you don't mix the ammonia with the bleach!  You could create chlorine gas!!



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:42 PM

 Super Clean in a purple bottle. Works great, use in ventilated area...



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:16 PM

Ok I used the ammonia to remove the chrome. How long do I let it sit? Overnight?

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:32 PM

so, I tried ammonia last night, and bleach. My chrome parts were all very clean...but still chrome. I had a bottle of CLR sitting around and decided to give it a whirl. worked like a charm, and it was the dollar store variety. From the ingredients list, its mostly sodium hydroxide (lye). Its caustic stuff, so you have to glove up, but its pretty cheap and worked well. Took both the chrome, and the undercoating off.


Amanda, how long did you let it sit in the CLR?

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:42 AM

:unsure: After soaking all night in Bleche Wite, now made by Black Magic and called new and improved, I still have flecks of chrome on the parts I am trying to strip! I changed the solution once and even brushed the parts with a toothbrush. Any ideas for a different product that will safely do the job?



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:58 AM

Easy Off. Takes chrome and undercoat off.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:08 AM

go to Dollar General get LA Awesome, soak parts for 2 days, chrome gone....less toxic than oven cleaner B)



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:18 AM

The purple pond. Castrol Super Clean. Strips chrome in less than an hour. Also not kind to skin, so avoid getting your fingers in it. 



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:39 AM

Easy Off. Takes chrome and undercoat off.

 

5-minutes and done. Why dally? (Brutal though, use care).



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:49 AM

 

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

AMT chrome is normally a bit harder to strip than Revell

 
Does bleach lose it's "potency"?
I've got 3 old peanut butter jars for stripping paint, DOT 3, Simple Green, and Clorox bleach. I've soaked some AMT parts from the Barris T Buggy for nearly 2 days, chrome wont budge. I've stripped other chrome parts in the same bleach and they were ready in a 1/2 hour - 2 hours tops.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:07 PM

I use Mr Clean kitchen floor cleaner to strip chrome.  It actually smells like lemons. I keep it under the kitchen sink. When I need to strip a bumper I fill a kitchen glass with Mr Clean (lts a lime green clear), drop in the part and leave it until it strips. I'll often just leave it overnight.  Once done, I pull the parts out with my fingers (it's not harsh at all) and wash them off in the sink.  Then I pour the Mr Clean right back in the bottle.

 

There is no reason to use something industrial strength, industrial smelling and other wise a hazard to human life just to strip a bumper.



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:39 PM

probably been mentioned, but i use soda for a couple of days or 3. no smell and dont need to worry about hurting skin



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:31 PM

The purple pond. Castrol Super Clean. Strips chrome in less than an hour. Also not kind to skin, so avoid getting your fingers in it. 

 I bought a strainer at Wal-Mart for 2.50 and never touch parts and rinse. Sit the damp parts paper towels to air dry. I know oven cleaner works but I don't like the fumes. I tend to use purple power for my chrome removal...



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:14 PM

Just for the hell of it it tried this stuff out. I have the easy off and it took over night and then some and even then it didn't take off the film beneath the plating.

I did a test piece with this and it was off within minutes with nothing left beneath it. Did a whole 1/12 bike frame in under an hour

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 05:21 PM

I used to use Easy Off & it does work great, but I got tired of "suiting up" with a mask, gloves etc. everytime I used it. :) Super Clean works just as well, if not better, with a lot less hassle & toxic fumes. & it's completely bio-degradeable, so when it's all used up, (& I use it over & over again) you can just dump it any old place. Now whether or not all of the stripped paint etc. in it is bio-degradeable.......? :mellow:                       steve



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Posted 22 September 2014 - 09:24 AM

I use EZ-off oven cleaner in a plastic bag sealed with the parts inside- no fumes, no mess, no need for gloves.



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Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:13 AM

Just for the hell of it it tried this stuff out. I have the easy off and it took over night and then some and even then it didn't take off the film beneath the plating.
I did a test piece with this and it was off within minutes with nothing left beneath it. Did a whole 1/12 bike frame in under an hour


Great stuff. Does a great job without the fumes however you really should use gloves when you take the parts out of it.