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How to strip chrome from parts using Easy-Off Oven Cleaner

Q: I'm just getting back into building car and truck models.

I've been trying to find a way to strip chrome from parts, besides scraping. I've read that some use Easy-Off Oven Cleaner, but have not found any columns on how to do it.

Can you provide some insight, including what kind of surface to strip the parts on? Thank you.

– Darryl Crabtree
Portland, Maine

Ken: Sure thing, Darryl. 

Easy-Off is definitely a choice of many modelers, but other products, such as Castrol Super Clean or Westley's Bleche-Wite whitewall tire cleaner (both available in auto-parts stores) are other good choices. Cheap bleach works, too. 

Whichever product you decide to use, be careful. Avoid getting anything on your skin and breathing the fumes, especially if you use Easy-Off. 

None of these products will harm plastic, so any kind of resealable plastic or glass container will work. 

Here's a thought if you use Easy-Off: 

Place the parts to be stripped in a large, resealable plastic bag, such as a freezer bag. Place the chrome parts in the bag, spray in the Easy-Off, and seal the bag to keep the fumes in check.
When the chrome has lifted, open the bag, run water into it, and allow it to overflow for several minutes. This will dilute the Easy-Off and allow it to harmlessly run down the drain.
Remove the parts and scrub off any stubborn paint that’s left behind.
Finish up by washing the parts with soapy water, and allow them to air-dry.
Good luck, and welcome back to the hobby!


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