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Default How do you remove Chrome?

I hate asking stupid questions but do any of you have any ideas as to the best way to remove the chrome from a set of steel wheels? I have a little siphon fed sand blaster that hooks to my air compressor. Think it would work? I'd like to have them powder coated black. I assume that powder won't stick to chrome.
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

No, powder coating will not adhere to a chromed surface. Your going to need more than a small home based blaster to get it off. A few years ago my buddy and I tried to "de-chrome" his front Bronco bumper with a 125 lb siphon blaster...Ha! That was NOT effective...

We wound up taking it to a big welding shop with a standup blaster and they got it off for us. Cost about $10 for the labor.
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concidering the cost of powder coating.... wouldnt you be better off trading those wheels and buying another set???? i run full size bronco wheels i picked up at a junk yard for 60.00
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I just use flat black spray paint. makes the chrome dissapear like magic.
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

How do you remove chrome? That's easy, just put it on a Jeep and it'll rust out in short order. When the rust starts, just scuff it up a little and paint with Hammerite.
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

I'd imagine you could have the chrome stripped off
chemically at a plating shop,don't know if that would be
cost effective though.
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

chrome off your rims? Cant help you there, but I know a girl that can get it off a trailer hitch...
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

For the cost of having them blasted plus the cost of powdercoating, you could probably buy another set of wheels. I agree with am4x4 -- clean 'em and paint 'em. But I prefer gloss black epoxy paint instead of flat black on wheels! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] BTW, your little sandblaster will do better with aluminum oxide than with sand (mine sure did!) And if you put objects in a big cardboard box to blast them, you can collect, screen and re-use the media. HTH
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

another vote for painting them. That's what I did. Scuff sand, clean with solvent, prime and paint. If you dont like the results, sell 'em and buy some new black ones.

PS: rocks work well for removing chrome. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Default Re: How do you remove Chrome?

Since your original question was how to remove chrome not how do I cover it up...The best way is to take it to a chrome shop and have them dip it into their solvents and chemicals. They have everything needed to safely and effectively remove chrome. This is expensive but will leave a chrome free product.
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