Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:03 PM
I have had good luck with plain bleach so far ,, I recently received a large parts lot of wheels and tires.
most of the wheels were pretty scratchy grimed and dirty.They were from several types and years of kits.
After I disassembled all the wheels I was able to fill a large mason jar full, I poured in plain bleach.And capped it
most of the wheels almost instantly stripped , some were a little more stubborn, I just let them sit while I had dinner
everything was completely clean by the time I finshed
I drained the bleach back into the bottle and rinsed out the wheels.
with a little caution it's a very safe( I do it in the kitchen sink) and not very smelly ( I cap the jar) means of doing it. I would imagine oven cleaners and stronger messy things would work quicker on some of the more stubborn chromes
.. I do notice that on some chrome parts the underlying gloss coat does remain when using bleach ,, but having a nice glossy surface can be a benefit if respraying with something like a gloss black followed by alclad. less polishing
I always amazed by how many things I never thought of will strip chrome ,, from what I understand it's not actually chrome,it's vaporised aluminum, much the same as the reflective surface of CD's