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removing plating from plastic
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 5:21 PM
I need to know the best method of removing a gold colored plating put on by Academy Minicraft onto the plastic... I do not want to sand it off, too much detail...

Can I just paint over it?
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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 5:28 PM
You can paint over it, if you are using hobby paints. Auto paints have too hot a base. I use Simple Green to strip plating. Works like a charm. Put your parts in, let sit for a day or two, and wash them. Hope this helps, good luck.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by proosen on Thursday, February 27, 2003 12:35 AM
Hi!
You can remove plating using bleech, the kind of stuff you put in the washing maschine when you are washing white fabric. It's just to put the desired object in water mixed with this stuff and let it be until the chromeplating is gone, don't be surprised if there is some kind of glossy layer left after the chrome is gone, it's only the conductive layer that's used to get the chrome to stick to the plastic.

Good luck
Niclas
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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:22 AM
That conductive layer Niclas refers to is why you cannot paint over plating with all types of paint. It is a clearcoat, and some paints will react with it. That's why I use simple green. It removes that layer too. In faxt, it will remove paint quite well too.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 10:55 AM
I think there was an article in FSM a few years ago about this. IIRC, there is a type of non-acetone nail polish remover that worked the best in their tests. Anyone remember which issue that was?

M.
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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, February 27, 2003 3:02 PM
Audios brand of nail polish remover is acetone free, and I have used it, and it works well, I think Simple Green is Cheaper in the long run, plus it strips paint, and a tad quicker.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 10:26 PM
I have used Lysol kitchen cleaner with excellent results.......it takes a while, but it works. Depending on how thick the chrome is, I've stripped car wheels overnight.
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Posted by fussionboy on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:31 AM
I have always used white vinager, put the parts in a jar with a lid, let soak usually overnight, still leaves the gloss coat that needs to be sanded but i have forgotten parts for up to 2 weeks with no damage or vineagar smell to them. has worked on every thing i've tried it on.
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Posted by cnstrwkr on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:41 PM
The cleaner 409 works the same as Simple Green, just another venue.
Tommy difficult things take time...the impossible, a little longer!
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