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Old 28-01-2014, 20:48   #1
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Removing Chrome From Bronze

Anyone know of a home brewed way of removing chrome from bronze? Would rather have outside port-light frames all bronze then to pay to have them re-chromed since the old layer is pealing off.

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Old 28-01-2014, 21:26   #2
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Re: Removing Chrome From Bronze

usually (i believe) there is a nickle coating before chrome. Removing nickle will be the bigger challenge.
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Old 28-01-2014, 21:35   #3
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Re: Removing Chrome From Bronze

you can try paint stripper.

not 100% sure...

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Old 28-01-2014, 21:44   #4
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Re: Removing Chrome From Bronze

I had luck with a multimaster tool with sanding attachment. Started with a low grit and worked my way up before finishing with compound polish and wax. Pretty tedious stuff!!
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Re: Removing Chrome From Bronze

Plating shops can strip the plating off. Don't know if it's any cheaper than plating.
It should be as they don't have to pay for any metal.
I bet someone will come along and tell us how to un-plate something with a battery charger and a tub of acid.
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Re: Removing Chrome From Bronze

Or a few cans of coke.

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Re: Removing Chrome From Bronze

Just did this whole process to 8 of my winches. Had a local plating shop strip the chrome $250 for all of them. Chrome plated bronze is very coarse and pitted once stripped, mine had a pink cast as well, I started with 220 grit then 320 then 500. At that point I decided to buff, things came out great but I wasn't too happy on how it was patinaing naturally so I sanded again at 500 grit a bought some M38 darkening patina online, with dark wax $100. Came out exactly how I wanted. Have yet to update the blog with the process but should have it up in the next couple days. ill try to post a couple photos from my phone in the mean time.
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Sanded prepped winch on left, finished patina on right

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Buffed vs right from the stripper. I would reccomend getting the stripping done from someone who knows what they are doing.

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Very nice
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Full Process in detail now up on svprism.com
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DIY 3 Ways to Remove Chrome Plating - wikiHow
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Is this "coke" solution for real? Has anyone here tried it?
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Is this "coke" solution for real? Has anyone here tried it?
if you submerge a nickle in coke over night would the nickle dissolve.
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I am thinking not, but what do I know?
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