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Refinishing a Chrome Baby High Chair


I have a thirty-year-old high chair that is chrome except for the vinyl-padded seat. The chrome has rust spots scattered on all surfaces--- the arms, legs and tray. The structure itself is very solid. What is the best way to remove the rust and then paint it? I want a paint that will be non-toxic, durable and will not chip.

Mina Webster
- K.C., Missouri, USA


You could grind the rust off with Sandpaper [linked by editor to product info at Rockler], or you could dissolve it using Muriatic Acid [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]. (If you use muriatic acid, please be careful) There are also a few specialized solvents out there designed to get rid of rust. Ask someone at your local hardware store.

I'm not much help in suggesting a paint. My knowledge is limited to large-scale industrial painting processes. You may want to ask your hardware store about that too.

tim neveau
Tim Neveau
Rochester Hills, Michigan


To take off light rust use break fulid wipe it on heavy and let it sit for about 20 min...then wipe off with a brillo or sos pad soaked in hot water...if rust is heavy take the brillo pad and put some break fluid on it then rub rust away. Make sure you wash away all dirt before you get started.

Rick Rubin
- Berlin, Connecticut

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