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Best way to remove chrome from parts.

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Best way to remove chrome from parts.
Posted by ditdah54 on Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:59 AM

Hello everyone. I am more into authenticy than fancy. I saw one film on YouTube where A guy used bleach and water,but he never gave ratio. How do you remove the chrome from a part that shouldn't be chromed? Also from a piece of a part, like the block but not the aluminum head? Thanks, Ed

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:26 AM

There are many ways to remove chrome plating.  I happen to use Easy-Off Oven cleaner.  In the past, I have used Purple Power (simular to Castrol Super Clean).  As far as removing chrome plating from an engine block, but not the head, perhaps your best bet would be to strip the chrome completely, mask off the block and Alclad or Molotow the head.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 19, 2019 7:46 AM

Like mrmike, I use Easy off, in the yellow can. The fumeless is useless. It will remove chrome in minutes if not seconds.

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:39 AM

I agree with everything above. I have used bleach to strip chrome, but didn't dilute it, just used it full strength.

Keep in mind that a chrome plated part has two layers; a clear lacquer base coat and the shiny metal layer. The metal layer strips easily with bleach or any paint stripper, but the lacquer base coat is much tougher to remove. Removing just the shiny metal is fine to facilitate painting the part, which is all most people are after. However the clear lacquer can hide a lot of molded in or engraved fine detail. I have had limited luck removing this layer with Easy-Off over cleaner (as Lee said above, NOT the fresh scent stuff) or Castrol Super clean (purple pond), but have found that I often have to resort to brake fluid. I have not tried 91% (or higher) isopropyl alcohol, which is a good stripper of lacquer paint, but it should be effective at removing the coating as well.

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Posted by ditdah54 on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:35 PM
Thank you again very much.


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