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what's the best way to strip Chrome and Paint from ?

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what's the best way to strip Chrome and Paint from ?
Posted by Hill Billy Stomp on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 10:42 AM

Hello. I'm looking for the best way to strip Chrome and Paint from my kit parts ?

How long would I soak the part's so that the plastic is'nt harmed ?

Thank you for your help.

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    November, 2004
Posted by earlp on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 3:42 PM

You can remove chrome by the Easy Off method. First, make sure that you're wearing rubber gloves and you are in a well ventilated area. Take the parts and put them in a container that has a lid to contain the fumes.  Spray the parts and seal the parts (and fumes) in with the lid.  Check back after a few hours.  I would suggest first that you experiment with a scrap piece of chrome first.  After time has passed, check the part and if it has the clear undercoat, then you may spray the Easy Off again or follow it up with submerging the piece in bleach for a while.  REMEMBER, EXPERIMENT ON A SCRAP PIECE FIRST!!

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Posted by Hill Billy Stomp on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:48 PM

Thank you earlp , I will try it tomarrow and let you know my result's.

 

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:27 PM
I use cheap " ££poundland££ " oven cleaner . It has never damaged my plastic yet and its cheap too !! 3 x 1 litre bottles in a secure lid tub & soak overnight , Bob's ya' dads brother !
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 7:38 AM

Other products that will remove paint and chrome include a degreaser called Castrol Super Clean (aka Purple Power), brake fluid, and isopropyl alcohol (at least 91%), and there are other cleaners that will work as well. Different paints are stripped by some of the above but not others. I find Tamiya lacquers are removed with brake fluid but not so much with the Castrol. Some builders say the alcohol works better though I haven't tried it myself. The Castrol and the Easy-Off oven cleaner (don't get the fresh scent stuff, it's worthless) work great on hobby enamels. I would think the alcohol would work well on acrylics too, but I haven't tried stripping acrylics.

Probably all of the above will strip chrome, but the clear lacquer undercoat is another issue. The Castrol usually won't touch it, but like earl mentioned above, I have had good luck with the oven cleaner. For really stubborn stuff, brake fluid or alcohol may be needed.

None of these products are particularly harmful to kit plastic. Sometimes soaking a couple of hours is enough, though 1-2 days is usually required. I have had parts soaking forgotten in castrol for months (years?) without harm, though some of the cleaner hardens on the plastic after that length of time, which can be removed after soaking in warm water. I have soaked particularly stubborn parts in brake fluid and oven cleaner for weeks without harm. However, most, if not all of these products will damage resin parts.

As earl said, wear rubber or latex gloves, and when using spray on oven cleaner I highly recommend safety glasses. All of these products will de-fat skin and cause other dermatological problems, especially later in life. And of course, the oven cleaner contains lye and is wicked caustic. Also remember, NONE of these products can be disposed of by pouring down any drain.

For more information I recomment doing a search in this forum section. The topic has been discussed many times and I'm sure there will be more useful information there.

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 10:28 AM

Easy off is messy and slow . So is super clean . I keep a tupperware full of DOT3 brake fluid . An hour in that and everything comes off simply .... Keep an old toothbrush handy for the crevices ... 

"rare" kit? no such thing!

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:31 AM

Bainford
None of these products are particularly harmful to kit plastic.

I just want to add a caution to my earlier comment; I read on another forum that some people are experiencing brittle plastic after multiple or extended soaks in brake fluid. I haven't experienced this myself, but several others have made this claim. YMMV

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 12, 2018 8:03 PM

earlp

You can remove chrome by the Easy Off method. First, make sure that you're wearing rubber gloves and you are in a well ventilated area. Take the parts and put them in a container that has a lid to contain the fumes.  Spray the parts and seal the parts (and fumes) in with the lid.  Check back after a few hours.  I would suggest first that you experiment with a scrap piece of chrome first.  After time has passed, check the part and if it has the clear undercoat, then you may spray the Easy Off again or follow it up with submerging the piece in bleach for a while.  REMEMBER, EXPERIMENT ON A SCRAP PIECE FIRST!!

 

Be sure to rinse the EasyOff completely from the parts before you put them in bleach, which contains chlorine (laundry bleach).  Mixing sodium hydroxide with chlorine bleach will release chlorine gas into the air, which is very hazardous to your health.  If using Easy Off Oven Cleaner in the yellow can, it's just as well to repeat that application until the clear base coat is softened and removed from the formerly plated parts--I've used this method successfully and safely ever since the early 1970's with great success.

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