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  • Member since
    April 2020
Stripping chrome parts
Posted by Foxy on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:05 AM

So I'm slowly progressing through my first attempt at a scale mode a Honda cb750f..

Some of the parts are chrome on the sprues which I thought.. Great saves me painting them.. But obviously after removing them from the sprues and sanding the nubs the chrome has been removed.. And the same will happen once I glue parts and remove seam lines I'm assuming?! .. 

So Im guessing my only or best option is to strip the parts of chrome and repaint. 

What is the best method of stripping the chrome? I read somewhere about household bleach but it wasnt a very detailed write up.. Infact the most I got from it was drop them in bleach and hope..

Any advice or tips appreciated.. Obviously any tips to save me stripping them would be even more appreciated lol.. 

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:47 AM

I used to use Purple Power but now I use a degreaser called Super Clean to remove chrome. I think that it works better than PP. You can also use Super Clean to remove paint from a botched paint job. You can buy it at an auto parts store.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:09 AM

You have certainly indentified most of the reasons why folks strip and re-do kit chrome. The one other main one is that many folks find kit chrome 'toy-like' and not realistic.

I have used a variety of things including bleach, oven cleaner, windex, et al. Now I too use SuperClean and it was probably Johnny from whom I got the idea. I bought a gallon container a few years ago, nice size to have IMO.

-Greg

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Foxy on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:05 AM

Thank you for the suggestions guys.. Maybe I should state that I'm UK based as some of these products I've not heard of so I'm assuming they are US products?..

You say you've used bleach I'm ussuming this works?.. What is the process do I just leave the parts in bleach and if so is it a quckish proccess or will I have to leave it for a length of time? If I leave it to long will it cause any adverse problems to the model pieces?..

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:08 AM

Sorry, didn't know you were in the U.K.

I don't remember much about using bleach so I must not have been terribly impressed with using it, maybe someone else might chime in.

If you have any on hand, you might cut off a piece of chromed sprue and see how it does. The time required depends, not all factory-chromed sprues strip the same.

-Greg

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 4:52 AM

What you need to use is Mr. Muscle oven cleaner. Works like a charm and does it in 10/15 minutes. Just put sprue or parts in a small tub, spray with MM until parts are covered well, then leave for 10/15 minutes then wash off. I used it the other day to strip chrome from exhausts on my Tamiya Ferrari kit. So simple and doesn't cause any damage to the part(s).

Stay safe........Steve

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  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Foxy on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 4:58 AM

This stuff I can get hold of.. thank you sir, much appreciated.. 

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