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Forcing Chrome to Tarnish





October 28, 2008

How can I take a really shiny chrome and give it a little character with tarnish?

MaDora Frey
interior decorator - NYC, New York



October 30, 2008

Hi, MaDora. Chrome will not tarnish. It is possible to strip the chrome with hydrochloric acid, leaving the underlying nickel, which will tarnish to a warmer slightly yellow cast. However, this must be done with care because the acid can burn or blind you, and the fumes will cause any metal in the area (including stainless steel) to rust. In other words, don't try it in situ.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


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