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#141 Aeroteto

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:21 AM

For removing Chrome I like the most brutal option, ferric chloride !
I use the one used for make circuit boards, you can get it at Radio Shack.
Just inmerse the piece and its done, no waiting, no matter how old or thick is the chrome, it´s gone right away.
And don´t hurts the plastic, but leaves the laquer coat.
Just be sure to handle the pieces with plastic tools, any metal will be attacked by the acid.
Wear safety goggles and gloves.
Not earth friendly but very effective.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

I use Purple Power, it works like a champ, has no harsh chemical odor, cleans up easily , works relatively quickly. 



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:54 AM

You should try oven cleaner. The cheap works best. Do the chrome plated parts in a box and spray the oven cleaner over it. after a few minutes or hours, the chrome is away.

It doesn't work with every chrome plated parts, but with I think 95% of all it works beautiful.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

I use EZ-Off oven cleaner (lye) in a plastic bag- I've found that in addition to containing the noxious fumes, the fumes seem to have as much stripping effect as the actual liquid so it works faster in the bag than in the open air where the fumes are not contained.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

I've always used Purple Power.  I pour some into an old peanut butter jar and close the lid.  Usually takes from about a 1/2 hour to a couple hours, depending on how good the chrome is on the part, in my experiences anyways.  The stuff is reusable too.  The 32 oz. bottle I'm using I've had for 4-5 years and is still at least 3/4 full yet.  Still works as good as it did on day one, as well.



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

I used simple green to strip the chrome from my 67 malibu pro street (it was the late 80's , early 90's , monochrome vomit green was in) and it worked well past my expectations. I'm almost feeling brave enough to consider an orange crate build , even though i feel like it is cheating in the case of the crate....



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:48 AM

this is intertesting , for 3 hours i have had a part soaking in bleach and nothing is happening ,,, either the bleach is junk , or the chrome is some tough stuff



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:04 AM

Are you using Wesley's Tire Bleach, Anne?



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:16 AM

clorox , wrong bleach huh



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:41 AM

I've always used Wesley's tire bleach.  Chrome is off in a matter of hours.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

I just use cheap bleach, or what bleach might be in the house at that time. Right now like I said I am using cheap bleach called 101 bleach

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:01 PM

i use bleach super cheap stuff from the dollor store lol i leave it over night and then run water over them clean and done

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

well 29 hours soaking in Clorox and nothing happened , in fact it made the part shiner



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:05 AM

If its clorine bleach it should work.



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:15 AM

Wesley's tire bleach!!!



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:23 AM

going to buy some of that today Jimbo !! , btw did you find the compressor on Amazon , 189 dollars



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:22 AM

Sounds good, Anne.  Yes, I checked out the compressor.  It appears Chicago Airbrush has it for $159.99 with no shipping cost.  I haven't ordered yet because I'm waiting for a price from Team Hobbies.



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:55 AM

I tried clorox bleach and let parts sit in it for a week and it still didnt do anything

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:04 AM

Clorox will do absolutely nothing  to remove chrome plating! The one thing that works for me and I've been using it for years is Easy Off Oven Cleaner in the yellow  can. The fume free stuff is worthless and does nothing. Some have mentioned Castrol Super Clean......I've not tried that, but I like a product that not only removes the chrome, but also removes the coating underneath that they use so the chrome will adhere.

 

I found out the hard way if that base isn't removed, one can run into big problems later.

 

Also, it goes without saying that you want to keep in mind all the safety precautions when using this stuff. The ingredients are rather nasty and can do a real job on your skin!



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:03 AM

Clorox will do absolutely nothing  to remove chrome plating! The one thing that works for me and I've been using it for years is Easy Off Oven Cleaner in the yellow  can. The fume free stuff is worthless and does nothing. Some have mentioned Castrol Super Clean......I've not tried that, but I like a product that not only removes the chrome, but also removes the coating underneath that they use so the chrome will adhere.

 

Roger that.^^^ Easy-Off is the only thing which I've found removes the clear undercoating, and the AMT stuff is a real paint to remove at times. Easy-Off strips paint well, too, so it's all I use.