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#21 ScaleDale

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:34 PM

The sanest way I've found to strip chrome is with a cleaner and degreaser called Purple Power that can be found for cheap from big auto supply stores like Auto Zone. It takes a day or two of soaking, but it's not toxic and won't eat skin like the other solutions. It will take off bad paint jobs too but won't harm the plastic.

 

I built that kit and had a lot of fun with it. I keep it on my bench as a reference for the build I'm working on now.

 

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#22 Ridge Rider

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:11 PM

I've used the Purple Power with mixed results for chrome but pure bleach seems to work better all around for me.  Engine looks good--Go ManGo :lol:



#23 1930fordpickup

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:48 AM

I have used the Rubbermaid brand of purple power for chrome. I was told that it is the same stuff that Zep makes . It is fast and does a good job. Just remember that it is a concentrated cleaner. WEAR GLOVES it will dry out your hands faster than you think. This will take off most paints also. 



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:31 AM

Welcome back to the hobby and welcome to the forum, Mark.  I use Wesley's Tire Bleach to remove chrome, but it doesn't take off the layer of whatever it is under the chrome.  I believe the oven cleaner takes that second layer off. 

 

You made an excellent choice for a "coming back" kit.  That Willys is wonderful.   Wiring looks real good and the colors you mentioned sound great.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:17 PM

Just a quick update. I layed down the color on the body, decided to go with a black interior and did a little work on the suspension, Don't really like the suspension all silver so I'm going to try to high light some of the areas a little more. Should be able to add the decals, Foil and clear this weekend. I'm really having a blast building this along with all the wealth of info on this site... Thanks again for watching, Mark

 

 

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:43 PM

Welcome Mark and that is a great kit as I"ve built three of them already and have another one started. I sent the front end and oil pan to the platers to have them chromed and it looks really good on that model. Nice color choice on your build.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:12 AM

looks great Mark, having fun is what this is all about! keep after it



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:45 AM

Looking great so far. Lets see some more!



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:54 AM

It's been a little while, Here's an update. I didn't like the paint job so I sanded it down and reshot it. Finished the interior and the chassis, added the decals and shot the clear coat. Need to wait a couple days for it to dry then polish, add the lights and grill and it's complete. Had alot of fun building this, looks like my next project will be the Protar Yamaha Tenere Paris-Dakar Motorcycle. That's going to be a challenge... Thanks for watching, Mark

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:57 AM

Just the way I like 'em - SHINY :) :) :) .



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:57 AM

Looking nice..nice comeback!



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:15 AM

Yours looks like a nice clean build. The color is great and the wiring on the engine adds to it. I use Draino Gel to dechrome  parts. I usually have to let it set for 24 hours but when I'm done, I pour it down the drain so I get 2 uses out of it. Like with any chemical you need to wear a mask and rubber gloves.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:25 AM

Welcome to the forum Mark great looking build. Easy off is the ticket for me and it will strip paint extremly well also, bot like Lee said gloves and a mask are a must!!  :D 



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:35 AM

Nice.

I built a willys gasser when I was 12 or 13...back in late 50's early 60's.

Up until a couple of years ago, my mom still had it in her memory chest.

 

A popular car to build, it would seem, to have stayed in production for so long.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:43 AM

Looking very nice, keep us all informed on progress



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

All finished, had a lot of fun. Can't wait to start my next model... More pictures posted in the Under Glass section...  Mark

 

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