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    I have used a batt.charger and baking soda for rust removal.Can something similar be used for chrome removal?
    Calypornya...near the beach

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    Try reversing the process the chrome shop uses to put the chrome on. In other words, take it to a chrome shop...

    or sand blast it for a long time.

    You might be able to do it electrolytically at home, but I don't know how, if you figure out a safe way please let us know!
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    "If it don't go, chrome it!" --Stroker McGurk

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      I'll just blast it.No chrome shops localy.Just wondered if there was another way.
      Calypornya...near the beach

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      • #4

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        Becareful because chrome is very hard. Once to break through it, you will quickly erode whatever is underneath..
        You really should send it to a chrome shop.

        Do a Google search. There may be an easy DIY method.

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          Hey hemi, i found this in another forum. heres the link
          http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13773

          some guy asked the same question, how do i remove chrome? expert so-and-so said:

          Jim, I used to do a little brass refinnishing and among the most popular items were the Alladin and Rayo lamps, which were orriginally chromed. The proceedure is very much the same as removing rust but with different chemical. First, degrease completely and scrub thoroughly with detergent. Mix 1 cup of Muriatic acid with 3 gallons of water in a plastic bucket. NOTE; ALWAYS ADD ACID TO WATER. NEVER WATER TO ACID !!! (It WILL explode) Hang two or three copper wires (#12 or larger) around sides of bucket. Connect these to ground of battery charger. Hang item to be dechromed in fluid with positive lead connected. Be sure part doesn"t touch ground wires. Within a few seconds or minutes, depending on thickness of chrome, it should come clean. More or less time as required. When finnished, wash parts in mild soda water solution to nutralize acid. (Do this right way to prevent rust) As with any caustic acid, handle with care. Dave H.--


          ~hope that helps somehow. please dont blow your hand off, id feel terrible.

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          • #6

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            Interesting, thanks for the quote. Muriatic acid itself is not too nasty, although turning it into a solution with dissolved chromium in it probably makes a quite toxic substance that you might want to figure out what to do with, before you proceed.

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            "If it don't go, chrome it!" --Stroker McGurk

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            • #7

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              The part is a water neck that I want to paint.Have a cheapo blaster,so I'll try that first.Chrome plating shops are becomming extinct here in California.
              Calypornya...near the beach

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                On second thought,since I live about 3 miles from the ocean,I guess that I could tie a line to it and toss it in for a good soak!Almost instant patina.
                Calypornya...near the beach

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                  The part is a water neck that I want to paint.Have a cheapo blaster,so I'll try that first.Chrome plating shops are becomming extinct here in California.
                  Tell me about it. My buddy had his bumpers chromed by a company in AZ. They came to LA and picked them up and 45 days later brought them back. It was even cheaper than the chrome shops that are left in Cali.
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