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Bleach stained chrome/chrome-plated aluminum



2002

While cleaning my stainless steel stove top, some "bleach cleanser" accidentally spilled on the "lip" of the range, which is probably made of chrome, or chrome-plated aluminum, and is now stained. Is there any kind of solution or finish I can use to restore its original finish?

Donna Chazanoff
- Brooklyn, New York


2002

Hi, Donna. I would not expect a spill of a cleanser with bleach to stain chrome. But bleach is very alkaline and attacks aluminum readily. So I'd suspect your stove is polished aluminum rather than chrome. If the surface has actually been dissolved rather than merely stained, there unfortunately is no chemical treatment that can remove the "stain".

Sorry, but I think it's time to call the parts department for some new parts. Good luck.

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


June 16, 2010

Well, it could be that it is in fact chrome plated, and that the bleach you used actually stripped the chrome off the part

Diego Garcia
- Mexico City DF, Mexico

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