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Old 05-25-2009, 07:27 AM   #13
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Default Re: Removing Chrome... Secrets Revealed Pics and Video

Chrome is evil.

Every piece is different, but occasionally the plating is so poor that it will wrinkle off in leaves when blasted with steel shot. It has a hammering effect that literally expands the layer of plate to loosen it from the parent metal.

It leaves a finish resembling sand-cast, much better than just beads or even sand itself. Aluminum is easiest to strip and texture.

But there is usually some spots where plating sticks tight, and it must be ground through first with a sanding roll or something, as even aggressive aluminum oxide media will cut the softer metal first, leaving the tough plated area elevated, and ugly, even when it does finally come off.

Did I mention that chrome is evil?

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