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Old 07 Jan 2004, 01:48 am
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Default how-to remove chrome?

got a chrome fuel door of ebay for super cheap, the thing is the chrome is peeling, how can one remove chrome? grinder?

how much would it cost to have this re-chromed, and what needs to be done to stop it from peeling?

or i might just sand it down and paint it body colour.....
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Old 07 Jan 2004, 02:51 am
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I would sand it down and paint it the body color. It would be unique and I'm not a big chrome fan for my own rig. It really depends what you want. I really think it would look cool and different if it was painted.
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Old 07 Jan 2004, 03:15 am
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Punch, here's some info ref. removing chrome. I've never tried any of these so I really can't say which is better. If it were me, I'd do as Mean Green suggested or maybe have it sand blasted. If you do, be sure to wear a mask and sand in a well ventilated area, the chrome dust is toxic.

I know that some of the stuff listed below can be very toxic, so use at your own risk.

Caswell Plating has a Anodize & Chrome stripper kit

www.caswellplating.com
PROD ANSTP1G Anodize & Chrome Stripper 3 Gal $38.00

Another item I read follows (I think this applies to plastic chromed pieces, not sure):

The easiest way to strip chrome is to
emerse the part or parts in household bleach. Let it sit overnite and
scrub it off with warm water and a toothbrush.

Another suggestion I read:

Put Easyoff oven cleaner and the part in a baggie and leave it overnight.

and another

Drop it in some Muratic acid

Muriatic acid is Hydrochloric Acid (HCI), you can get it at pool supply stores or large hardware stores and costs less than $5 bucks a gallon. It's commonly used to lower the Ph in swimming pools or as a concrete driveway cleaner. As long as you respect it and follow safety guidelines, using it shouldn't be a problem. Wear goggles and gloves, use in ventalated area, don't breath fumes, NEVER mix with other cleaning chemicals and if diluting with water, it's ALWAYS acid into the water, NEVER water into the acid (dumping water into acid intantly creates a heat reaction in the water that can cause it to boil or vaporise, splashing hot acid everywhere).

Sandblasting/bead blasting the chrome off would be the way I would do it, if I had access to such a system. It's fast and direct with minimal clean up.

You did not say if the fuel door is aluminum of steel, that should also be taken into consideration, some of the above methods may not be favorable for aluminum.

Also consider the waste that is created when using any of the chemical methods, you can't just dump this into the sewer.

And finally one last suggestion, take it to a professional chromer and have them remove the chrome.
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Old 07 Jan 2004, 08:09 am
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Now you know why it was cheap.
I'd go to body color or save for a good one.
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Muratic Acid:
DO NOT get this on your hands, whatever you do. Also don't breath the fumes, really nasty, doesn't taste good either. Becareful around anyother cleaners, especailly any bleach or aluminum foil, as noted before. Yes, reacts to this and can cause emense heat, has been tested and can melt glass.
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Muratic acid. I just find it amazing that they use it in swimming pools. Yes, I have a pool and it is used and I swim in the pool also.
Holy cow!! Where the heck did my swimming trucks go!
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Quote:
quote:Originally posted by KingKole02

Muratic Acid: doesn't taste good either.
Is this from experience?
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I would contact the seller, and hope for the best, then get hold or race&street for a good one![8]
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Old 07 Jan 2004, 06:59 pm
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paint it body color or contact the seller
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I knew it was peeling, but the price was to good to pass up, worth checking it out....
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