I am about to start my first model car in about fifty years. There is a wealth of information around about how to remove the chrome plating from the plastic; but I would like to know why does the plating need to be removed? I have Revell '68 Mustang that has three chrome plated sprues. Some of the parts I want to be chrome. So why would I want to create work for myself?
Thank you for sharing any thoughts on this subject!
I removed the chrome from the chromed parts in the Monogram Red Baron hot rod, because I wanted to clean up the seams on those chromed parts that had to be glued together (eg, the fuel tank), and because of the rather visible sprue gate scars on other pieces (eg, the "helmet" roof).
It was a case of AMS kicking in, because it started as a nostalgia build. I couldn't help myself. Also, around the same time, I saw an article at Agape Models about using the de-greaser Super Clean to strip the chrome from plastic. In the case of the article, it was the Tamiya chromed P-51. You ask why plating needs to be removed? I ask, why did Tamiya chrome that kit?
In any case, I used SC to strip the chrome. It came off in under two minutes of soaking. I could see it dissolving into the solution. When it was all off, I rinsed the sprues and found them literally squeaky-clean, because there was absolutely nothing between the surface of the plastic and my fingers. Ever since that experiment, by the way, I have used SC to strip paint and to clean parts prior to assembly.
Once I had stripped the chrome, I assembled the parts as usual, cleaning up seams, pour gates and other little items. To "re-chrome" those bits, I primed as usual, and used a Krylon chrome-colored paint. It worked better for effect, since the original chrome looked too bright in that scale, while the chrome paint looked more realistic.
So, it's worth the effort, if that's the result that you want.