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Old 08-15-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default How do you remove "Chrome" from rims?

the "chrome" on my rims are chipping off, so is there any chemicals or spray that I can use to easily take the "chrome" off?
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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have them sandblasted
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:22 PM   #3
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what kind of wheels are we talking about? Chrome plating can be difficult to remove if it was done properly - paint, on the other hand, can be removed readily via media blasting...
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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get the chick from baseketball to do them for you. she could do a tow hitch why not a set of wheels.

sorry i dont have any actual advice i just couldnt help it.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:36 AM   #5
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I don't want to meet the chick that can......

Is it actually chrome (real chrome) or is is "chrome" paint?
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:52 AM   #6
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If it is just paint, stripper and/or media blasting will do it. You can remove plating with media blasting. The best way for plating, however, is the reverse of how it was put on. This is definitely not a step you want to do at home and may not be able to find the chemicals necessary. I would contact a plating shop if it is actual plating.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:21 PM   #7
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Just talked to a shop as I have 1 chrome rim and they recommend acid dip to remove it as blasting the last 10% of the chrome plating can ruin a rim.

acid dip shouldn't be more then 50 for you guys ( I was quoted 50-75 and everything is more expensive up here)
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:26 PM   #8
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if its a chrome lip I have two words for ya : curb rash
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