They used to say that Coca-Cola could take the chrome off metal, but since
they've changed the reciepe a couple of times, I don't know if that still holds
How about a resonably dilute acid wash?
The history of things that didn't happen has never been written.
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- Henry Kissinger
Chromium is a very hard metal. Not much you can do with it once it is applied.
Why do you want to strip it ? To paint it ? If that is the case then just
sandblast it. That will give the paint/primer some "tooth" to grab onto.
Apart from the carbonated water, sugar, coloring, coca leaf extract and
whatnot, Coke has phosphoric acid, which is the active component in
naval jelly. That's what's cleaning the chrome, dissolving baby teeth in
a glass, and God only knows what other inane experiments.
what's cleaning the chrome, dissolving baby teeth in a glass, and God only
knows what other inane experiments>>
Umm, could I have a Pepsi please? ; )
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your
eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to
return. --Leonardo Da Vinci
That's because they will strip it (probably in an acid bath, though they
might just etch the surface vise taking it down to bare steel), then
polish, then copper plate, then polish, then possibly nickle plate, then
plate the chrome. That's how the show stuff is done - they may even use
more intermediate polishing steps. At the very least they'll lay down a
new copper base before the actual chrome.
i had some stuff rechromed before. it was pretty rusty.
they dipped in an electric acid bath, the chrome came off,
did a copper plate-then chromme and some washes. took 15
minutes. 300 bucks is a rip....
300 might not be so unreasonable ... think about it...
Stripping them might be difficult without proper equipment and chemicals.
I have no idea how the professionals do it.
Also re-plating is not all that easy. They have to be cleaned and then they
put a layer of copper then chrome on them. Then they might have to polish
And I assume those are 1:1 scale - so they are probably 14" wheels. Plating
kits are usually designed for small pieces, not large wheels.
Container which would hold that wheel would need several gallons of plating
Your 500 bucks chroming kit would be useless....
Good luck in your venture !