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bpippin43



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:33 pm    Post subject: Removing chrome Reply with quote

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I have been away from modeling for a while. Which product is best to remove chrome plating from plastic parts? Thanks in advance.
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18degrees



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Clean degreaser, the purple stuff, i what i use with great results. I have one plastic tub (with a lid) for the degreaser and another one with plain water to rinse the parts in after. Works like a charm.
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james220



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use oven cleaner in a plastic bag.
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spooker



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All good ideas UNLESS it is a Salvino's kit!
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james220



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched a guy on YouTube recently who use bleach and he said he could remove the chrome from Salvino kits in about three days, using bleach. Haven't try it yet but he seemed pretty sure of himself. The Salvino chrome takes primer and paint pretty well. I dull coat mine and it does have a metal look.
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iceman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried the bleach on a couple Salvino wheels and it did take the chrome off but it took a long time and if I remember correctly had to change the bleach a couple of times to make it work.
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Firefly



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isopropyl Alcohol 91%
Works on the non-Salvinos parts.
Soak in a sealed container or ziplock bag a few days or so.
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18degrees



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firefly wrote:
Isopropyl Alcohol 91%
Works on the non-Salvinos parts.
Soak in a sealed container or ziplock bag a few days or so.


91% alcohol isnít as easy to find these days as the Super Clean. Plus the Super Clean takes less than a day... sometimes only a few hours.
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TonyK



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use bleach all the time and it worked great but it doesn't seem to work on newer models. Maybe a new type of process for chrome?

I have some Bleche-White lying around that kind of works.

Funny. Used some of my Bleche-White today and afterwards realized I had bought some Super Clean recently for this very thing. Guess I'll remember the next time.
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martinfan



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

18degrees wrote:
Firefly wrote:
Isopropyl Alcohol 91%
Works on the non-Salvinos parts.
Soak in a sealed container or ziplock bag a few days or so.


91% alcohol isnít as easy to find these days as the Super Clean. Plus the Super Clean takes less than a day... sometimes only a few hours.


Its starting to slowly come back , my local "Mart" had full shelves of both 70/91 in the normal size bottles , that was today.

As for on topic, bleach and the Purple Cleaner ( purple bottle not white ) are my two go to chrome strippers.

It really depends on who's chrome, it makes the difference much like paint what will strip it in my experience.
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MarkJ



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purple stuff. but completely immerse the chrome you want in a glass jar big enough to let the part lie down. Doesn't take too long. Also good for stripping paint but you need a gallon bottle and a container like the top of a model display case . It wont melt the plastic but will take the paint right off. And it takes a few hours, not days.
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