Many antique items have been coated with chrome or nickel plating, and the owner may wish to restore it to the original finish through a plate stripping process. Chrome and nickel plating may also crack, deteriorate or become damaged over time and need to be removed, so fresh plating can be applied. Stripping chrome or nickel plating from steel is an easy process if you take proper safety precautions.
Things You'll Need
- Protective gloves
- Splash goggles
- Acetone, bleach, or ammonia
- Large metal bowl or pot
- Aluminum foil
Put on proper safety gear such as respirator, splash goggles and protective gloves. Pour either acetone, ammonia or bleach into the large metal bowl or pot. Only use one of these chemicals; do not mix them.
Submerge the object from which you wish to remove the chrome in the the chemical. Cover the container with aluminum foil to keep the fumes contained. Allow it to soak for at least two hours.
Remove object from the chemicals. Dip a toothbrush into the acetone, ammonia or bleach.
Brush the surface of the object vigorously with the toothbrush. Continue dipping and scrubbing with the toothbrush until the plating comes completely off.
Wipe the stripped steel with a clean rag.
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