Removing the chrome from my 4130 forks
I want to remove the chrome on my forks which are 4130 chromoly metal. I've tried to get it off with a blow torch but that didn't work.
Andy s [name deleted for privacy]
- Lake Arrowhead, CA, U.S.A
The 'chrome' is a very thin layer of chrome, on top of a thicker layer of nickel, possibly on top of a layer of copper, Andy. If it's peeling you may be able to see whether there is copper involved or not.
A blow torch may distemper or warp your forks; it doesn't sound like a good idea at all. You may be able to sandblast the plating off, but the best approach is probably to find a plating shop who can chemically strip it layer by layer for you. Good luck.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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