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Where to find Chrome Stripper
I am writing because I'm not having any luck finding a chrome stripper. I am in the process of de-chroming my 1966 Karmann Ghia. And want to strip the chrome of my door handles so I can paint them black. I can't seem to find any chrome stripper online. Any help offered will be much appreciated.Darren Carillo
- kekaha, Hawaii
Hi, Darren. The problem is that you won't exactly find a "chrome stripper" because what you want to remove is not chrome, but a layer of chrome plating possibly followed by layers of nickel plating.
One approach is to remove the chrome layer with Muriatic Acid [affil link] -- this is a toxic and hazardous material requiring the use of goggles [←affil. link] and rubber gloves [←affil. link] as a minimum -- and then lightly sandblast the nickel plating to give it a bit of tooth. Alternately you can remove the nickel plating layer with a nickel stripper available from such companies as Metalx (Ronatec.us) [a finishing.com supporting advertiser].
You may wish to look at our FAQ, "Introduction to Chrome plating". Stripping chrome has been a very popular question here, and there are a bunch of threads on line here about it, including numbers 385, 737, 1476, 1598, 2351, 2450, 2586, 3041, 3459, 3509, 10996, 4245, and 4451. Good luck.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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