Stripping "Satin" chrome

10 posts in this topic

Posted · Report post

I recently got a Revell Steve Kinser sprint car kit and it has some kind of aluminum looking plating that looks like chrome with flat clear on it. Does anyone know how to strip it? I've tried bleach since it works on regular chrome and it doesn't work at all on this stuff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I've had that problem with regular chrome too. I mix some isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol with the bleach, about 1 part alcohol to 4 parts bleach. The alcohol dissolves the coating, then the bleach can react with the aluminium. It should strip the chrome in a minute or so.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I've always heard that you Never mix ANYTHING with bleach, as it could create chlorine gas!! What I would do is try sanding off the clear coat, then soak in something a little less dangerous.......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Point taken, some things will react violently and/or produce toxic products when mixed with bleach, so yeah, best to avoid mixing it. I wouldn't suggest experimenting with anything else.

The OP could always do it in stages: soak in IPA or similar to remove the clear coat, rinse thoroughly, then use the bleach.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited) · Report post

I've always heard that you Never mix ANYTHING with bleach, as it could create chlorine gas!! What I would do is try sanding off the clear coat, then soak in something a little less dangerous.......

That's acid and chlorine (bleach is 5%)......NASTY MESS. Easy off oven cleaner in a baggie...outdoors and with gloves and eye protection ... when clean rinse in running water.

Edited by G Holding

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

try brake fulid or ez off oven cleaner..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'm going to try the Easy Off and see if it does anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited) · Report post

If this is an older kit with the 1980's Monogram dull chrome, a dip in brake fluid for 5 minutes will remove the dull and leave the bright chrome underneath. Overnight will remove all of the chrome. Experiment on a a couple of pieces of sprue.

gloves to protect your hands and good safety precautions with this stuff

Edited by Muncie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

The purple stuff strips it just fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

One thing I have found using bleach to strip chrome is that it needs to be fresh. I have a jar on my work bench and fresh bleach will start knocking off the chrome within the first 5 - 10 minutes. I know it is going bad when I drop parts in and come back the next day and there is still chrome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now