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Chrome repairs on table


I want to repair some chipped chrome kitchen table legs. What is my best option?

Peter Downs
- Canberra, Australia


The chrome should not have chipped off. But once it has, you are pretty much limited to taking the components to a plating shop as there is actually a great deal involved in replating, including stripping the old finish, reactivating, nickel plating, and chrome plating. And if the finish is pitted below the blistered area, mechanical finishing and copper plating and buffing will probably be required as well.

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


Thank you Ted. Its difficult to tell at first glance if it is chipped or just surface blemishes. What is the best way to clean up chrome kitchen tables and chairs?

Peter Downs
- Australia


There are numerous polishes that seem to work. Chrome polish, Copper Glo [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], etc. If one of these removes the discoloration sufficiently, well there you go. If not, and your standards for this are fairly low, you could try Plastikote Bumper Chrome Paint [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]. Otherwise, replating is the only option and it's something you'd have to go to a plating shop for.

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