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topic 714

Deplating Brass


Looking for a way to deplate brass objects.

Please advise of any process available that I can do at home.

terry [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]


Hello, Terry.

What metal is on the brass that you want to de-plate? May I assume that it's nickel-chrome?

There is the possibility of removing the chrome electrolytically in an alkaline solution--but this leaves you with hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, in the solution. Then you would need to remove the nickel, with a cyanide-based stripper or a proprietary solution.

You might decide that these kinds of operation should not be done at home.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey


Contact Patclin Chemical Company. Those Oldtimers can sell you exactly what you need, and it will work perfectly.


Dave Kinghorn
Dave Kinghorn
Chemical Engineer
SUNNYvale, California



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