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Old 09-30-2002, 01:08 PM
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Question Removing Chrome

Other then sand blasting is the anther way to remove chrome?? I want to remove it from my hood emblems and such so I can paint them the color I want. Seems like I have heard something about reverse soemthing or anther that removes it?? Anyone know? Thanks!

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Old 09-30-2002, 01:27 PM
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Bead blasting, sanding, acid dip, those are the only ways I know of and have done, but I wouldn't recomend the acid dip, its not for the faint of heart or isn't to safe for around the house. Not sure of any other way, but you could contact one of the many online chromers and they could tell you.

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Thanks they seem a little to fragile for blasting
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THE BEST WAY TO GET THE CHROME OFF IS TO TAKE IT TO A CHROME SHOP AND HAVE THEM PUT THE PART IN THE TANK AND USE THE "REVERSE POLARITY" PROCEDURE. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE CHROMIUM PLATING OFF AND NOT REMOVE ANY MATERIAL FROM YOUR PARTS. THEY SHOULD KNOW WHAT'S UP WITH THE KIND OF METAL, ETC. IF YOU GO WITH AN ACID DIP, YOU WILL LIKELY NOT HAVE ANY PARTS LEFT AS TO THE MANY EMBLEMS. A LOT OF EMBLEMS ARE MADE OF "ZINC DIE CAST" THAT'S A FANCY WORD FOR THE "TOP OF THE BARREL JUNK" AN EXPLANATION IS AS FOLLOWS---WHEN METAL IS BEING FORMED AT THE SMELTER, PREMIUM QUALITY STEEL IS AT THE BOTTOM AND AS YOU MOVE UP THE QUALITY GETS WORSE. ZINC DIE CAST IS THE CRAP AT THE VERY TOP. THAT IS WHY THEY MAKE EMBLEMS AND ALL KIND OF CHEAP THINGS OUT OF IT. YOU WILL NOTICE THIS ON A LOT OF AUTO/BOAT AND MOTORCYCLE EMBLEMS. WHEN YOU SEE THE CORROSION APPEARING AS BLISTERS AND LUMPS, IT IS COMING FROM WITHIN THE PART. A CHROME SHOP CAN EXPLAIN THIS TO YOU POSSIBLY A LITTLE BIT BETTER. IF YOU PUT DIE CAST IN A CAUSTIC ACID STRONG ENOUGH TO REMOVE CHROME,,, WHEN YOU PULL THE COAT HANGAR/WIRE OUT OF THE VAT, YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY EMBLEM LEFT. IT WILL SIMPLY DISSOLVE/MELT IT. I HAVE ABOUT 20 PLUS YEARS RESTORING ANTIQUE HARLEY DAVIDSONS AND HAVE HAD A LOT OF PRECIOUS AND DAMN HARD TO FIND PARTS RE-CHROMED. I DON'T GET ON HERE VERY MUCH. MY E-MAIL IS "webzon@worldnet.att.net"
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Let me throw another idea at you. I had some chrome trim pieces on my Vette that I wanted to paint. I left the chrome alone, sanded the surface with 320 grit sandpaper, wiped down with grease and wax remover, sprayed epoxy primer, then a high solids sandable primer, sanded smooth, then painted it with the base coat clear coat system. This was ten years ago, and you would never know the part was chromed to begin with. Worked great for me. You might try that.
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Let me throw another idea at you. I had some chrome trim pieces on my Vette that I wanted to paint. I left the chrome alone, sanded the surface with 320 grit sandpaper, wiped down with grease and wax remover, sprayed epoxy primer, then a high solids sandable primer, sanded smooth, then painted it with the base coat clear coat system. This was ten years ago, and you would never know the part was chromed to begin with. Worked great for me. You might try that.
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Reverse Polarity thats what I was looking for. I wasnt sure if there was a trick to doing this at 'da house since I have quite a few items I want to de-chrome. Thanks!!
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