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How to remove Chrome Plating from parts


heyes57
09-06-2011, 01:32 AM
Hi guys/girls, my first post in AF and I keep seeing people asking how to remove chrome plating from parts. I found this tip years ago in Scale Model Magazine.....(before it went bad!!)..and the article suggested using Caustic Soda. Give it a try, it really works a treat. Make sure you wash the "de-plated" parts in clean water afterwards though.

racer93
09-06-2011, 08:27 AM
I use Castrol Super Clean (or Purple Power), a super strong degreaser. It generally works in just a couple of minutes. I've noticed that some of the older Tamiya chrome (70s) is pretty stubborn but can be sanded off, if need be.

What is "caustic soda"? Never heard of that...or at least it called that.

lumpulus
09-06-2011, 11:00 AM
Simple household bleach.

Scale-Master
09-06-2011, 11:03 AM
Simple oven cleaner (not the "fume free" type) is still my first choice. Works well on removing enamels too.

MPWR
09-06-2011, 01:03 PM
Simple unleaded gasoline. :smokin:

Archetype123
09-06-2011, 05:56 PM
When I want to remove chrome plating, I use some generic Home Depot degreaser with a little bit of warm water. 10 minutes, and it's gone. And the great thing is, you can pour it right down the sink since it's environmentally friendly.

MerlinPro
09-06-2011, 09:04 PM
i use castrol super clean (or purple power), a super strong degreaser. It generally works in just a couple of minutes.

x 2.

Plumberboy
09-08-2011, 03:57 PM
I like the purple cleaners too. Removing the chrome with it is fast but what nobody ever mentions removing is that yellow color film that was sprayed over the part to help the chrome stick to it. This film is what covers detail on parts. it takes a good bit longer to remove. I do resin casting and I want all the detail I can get out of old original kit parts.

MerlinPro
09-08-2011, 06:11 PM
...what nobody ever mentions removing is that yellow color film that was sprayed over the part to help the chrome stick to it. .
Did not have that problem on Trumpeter's chrome. Parts came out almost translucent-a resin type white.

MPWR
09-08-2011, 06:54 PM
what nobody ever mentions removing is that yellow color film that was sprayed over the part to help the chrome stick to it.

The issue is that different manufacturers use different agents for this. Some come off really easily, and some are more stubborn. Soaking in strong isopropyl alcohol and scrubbing it off with a toothbrush has usually worked for me.

And the great thing is, you can pour it right down the sink since it's environmentally friendly.

Great advantage, that. It also means that you are probably not poisoning yourself my messing with unnecessarily toxic chemicals.

And I was kidding of course about the gasoline above....

bvia
09-10-2011, 12:43 AM
Ammonia (NH3). Pour some in a zip-lock type bag and allow to soak for 10+ minutes. Will remove Tamiya, Hasegawa, Revell, Monogram and Fujimi "chrome" and it's cheap and available.

Wolf95
09-14-2011, 02:56 PM
why're you guys removing this chrome? just curious

heyes57
09-14-2011, 05:32 PM
Most of the time this chrome is almost too good and doesn't really look "in scale". Plus, most of the time the mould lines for the chrome plated part is still prominent and needs to be sanded off thus removing any chrome in the area and needing to be resprayed.

deedlit
09-15-2011, 01:21 AM
Simple household bleach.

:1:

Works fine on Fujimi and Aoshima's chromed parts, 15 minutes to dechrome 4 rims and 4 brake discs

Made a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnsFq85Omcc

bvia
09-17-2011, 12:40 PM
why're you guys removing this chrome? just curious

We're anal about our models?...:evillol:

luchoteam
09-17-2011, 05:33 PM
:1:

Works fine on Fujimi and Aoshima's chromed parts, 15 minutes to dechrome 4 rims and 4 brake discs

Made a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnsFq85Omcc

Yeep! i did that also....household bleech works great!

blueboost
01-09-2015, 04:55 PM
bumping to say thanks. I needed a tip as I have grown old just like the thread and I forgot what to do!

speedphreak
02-16-2015, 11:37 AM
I stripped Yokomo RC chrome light buckets. They were a PITA but Castrol super clean or any strong commercial degreaser will strip chrome and the paint underneath that is used to adhere the chrome plating. That's what you really what out. It covers all the detail.

sohchx
02-16-2015, 12:45 PM
I use Heavy Duty EZ Off oven cleaner in the yellow can. It completely strips chrome in less than 15 minutes, it also strips the clear undercoating that is under the chrome which is an absolute must to expose the pure bare plastic. Spray it on, let it set for 15-20 minutes. Then scrub the parts under hot running water. After that, use dish soap and hot water then scrub the parts clean while rinsing and your all done.

It absolutely MUST be the yellow canned formula to work properly, the other versions of EZ Off will not work!!



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GTRfan01
03-13-2015, 05:38 AM
for any Australians out there, available in Australia is a product called "citrus 6000" degeaser is great for this, as is any other citrus based degreaser i guess.

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