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#121 raildogg

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:43 AM

O.K. guys I hope I don't cause a fuss but, once and for all, "what is the all time best, and safest non toxic way, to de chrome parts". I just got a Lone Star kit and want to de chrome some major parts of it and I do not want to sacrifice or ruin any of them. I need a sure fire, works every time, best of all time technique. O.K. Let the solutions begin!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:15 AM

I use A1 Totally Awesome. It is $1-$3 depending on size of bottle. Strips chrome and paint and usually in a few hours. Great, cheap, solution plus it is a great all around home cleaner as well.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:43 AM

check out my post a few posts down in tips called castrol super clean and chrome. there are others as well.

Edited by jamesG, 21 August 2012 - 01:25 AM.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:00 PM

This is a question, not a tip or trick or tutorial. It should have been posted in the Q&A section.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

Wesley's Tire Bleach (it has a new name).

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:57 AM

Sorry about the wrongness of my question. I just wanted it to be in the best forum possible. Tips and Tricks seemed the best place to ask for a comment on this issue. Thanks guys.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:26 AM

I use brake fluid. doesn't hurt the plastic at all. It's not fast sometimes, but it does the trick. I've also heard of people using bleach.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:30 AM

Re Dechromeing solutions, I went to the stores the other day to buy some of the recomended products. I looked for the Castrol purple stuff, the L.A. stuff, and many of the rest at the stores mentioned in the posts I read. Well I could not find any of them. Not at The Dollar store Home Depot, Lowes or even PepBoys. The one thing I did see at all those retailers was, Blechle-Wite Tire Tire Cleaner by Black Magic. I bought a 1 qt. spray bottle for $4.99 USD. I hope it will work. Comments welcome.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:58 AM

Castrol Super Clean should have been in the Automotive section, usually in a big box store or auto parts store. The LA's Totally Awesome stuff is usually at dollar stores. Also heard of using bleach, and I generally use brake fluid.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:07 PM

i use bleach and water / soak for 10 minutes in sealed tupperware container.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:15 PM

I just used some "original" Fantastik and it worked great. Chrome was mostly gone in 15-20 minutes, all the parts were clean within 45 minutes. Not as corrosive or difficult to handle as brake fluid or Purple especially living in an apartment.

The "subject" was a gluebombed all chrome engine kit.

Edited by Der Bugmeister, 09 September 2012 - 05:16 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:31 AM

Here's an odd one: Formula 409. The odd thing is that it stripped the chrome from an AMT '40 Ford down to bare plastic in about 20 min. It took about an hour to strip my MPC Bentley but didn't quite dissolve the lacquer under coating (just turned it gooey). I've had a parts pack motor in there for two weeks with no result, other than the chrome being very clean :D .
It would be interesting to get an explanation for this from someone in the industry so I could devise an approach tailored to each manufacturer.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:56 PM

If you can get your hands on that stuff called Totally Awesome (yes, thats the actual name) sold at Dollar General, it is THE BEST chrome stripper Ive used yet. It strips in less than an hour if you want to really give it plenty of time and it seems to be resin safe. I cant praise this stuff enough.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:54 AM

Yes I found that stuff, L.A. Awsome at my local Family Dollar Store. This stuff is fabulous. I sampled it with one chrome wheel rim, and over night it's as clean at the proverbial baby's bumm. I also sampled 90% Alchohol and that also did fine. Got a handle on this now, going back for more L.A. Awsome. YIPPY!!!!!

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:34 AM

Why remove it Tom? It acts as a primer for lacquers. ;)


If you look closely at that very shiny base coat that is applied to parts before they are plated (the plating is actually aluminum, which is vaporized in a vacuum tank and transfers almost instantly to the plastic parts), you generally will see that the clear coat has munged, sometimes even obliterated a lot of fine detail. Stripping that clear coat away will reveal, often times, very sharp, clear surface details that you paid good money for.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:07 AM

Well it worked at 90%. I left two sprues overnight, from the AMT Parts Pack, Custom and Competion set, the Allison Engine and almost all of it was gone. I'm a little bummed that all of it wasn't off, but beggers can't be choosers. I even put it in full strength Chlorox Bleach for three more hours and it remained the same. That pesky clear coat is stuborn some remains.So I guess it does works and I am happy with the results.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:24 AM

Some thoughts added to my last post. I had never de chromed parts with a solvent before. I just painted over the chrome. I never realized the amount of detail covered up by the process. I have been maticulously going over my parts pack Allison engine since I dropped it in LA Awesome, man there's a lot of stuff under the clear coat, just gads of stuff. I will do this from now on.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:38 AM

Another great point, it's good to lacquer over...

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:55 AM

I didn't feel much like looking through the entire thread but how do you re-chrome?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:56 AM

try the easy off in the yellow can-the other stuff doesnt work as well

get a gallon size zipping bag, drop in object to be stripped and cover with foam
carefully close bag making sure to remove extra air in bag

wait 30 minutes for most chrome/2-3 days for most paint

rinse object-if material still remains repeat process

paint object gloss black and spray with your choice of a clad finish
remember hold airbrush at approx. 60 degree angle during passes
apply 2 very light coats-too much and the reflective quality is diminished

Edited by Mr Dedo, 31 October 2012 - 09:02 AM.