Now that I have your attention , I am currently trying to strip and repaint all of the chrome parts on my doors. I have had good luck getting the paint off of most of the parts except the door lock trim plate.
It had been re-painted at one point, and the newer paint has come off, but the original paint is very stubborn. I have tried scratching it off with my fingernail, and that worked to a degree, but I want to totally strip this. I am currently using a generic gel stripper that I got at Ace Hardware.
Can anyone recommend a readily available stripper I could buy at home depot or somewhere similar?
I remember seeing a very small soda blast gun that you could put a cup full at a time in it and shoot your parts with. I cant find it right now but there was an article that talked about cleaning carbs with it. Soda blasting is very kind to chrome so it would work great. I plan on doing mine soon so if you cant find someone to do it for you I would be happy to give them a try for you. Another thing I used to strip paint from some of my parts was a product called Naked Gun cleaner. It can be bought at a paint supplier. I comes in a gallon for about 40 bucks. It didnt harm any of my chrome but I would only let the parts in for about 2 minutes then check them and if needed soak a while longer. Rodney Rodney
Vette(s): 1978 Corvette Light Blue
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Wow I wish I had that time for that detail... Just curious what do you use to re-paint them chrome, I have no luck with that would look like cheap chrome??? I just want to get my windows lined up and rims polished so good luck . Will be anxious to hear what you paint it with and how they look? BB78
Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
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Lacquer thinner should do it. Ask Mama if you can "borrow" some of her nail polish remover... Soaking in lacquer thinner, and the use of a fine(00) steel wool oughta get that paint off. Another idea is Easy Off oven cleaner, but you can't spray it directly on the part safely. You need a container with a lid large enough to hold the parts, and some kind of shelf inside to keep the parts suspended. Spray the Easy Off libreally on the bottom of the container, then place the parts on the shelf, and install the lid for the container. Let that simmer for about 20 minutes or so. Rinse and repeat as needed. It might be best to practice on a non-essential chrome piece first, to make sure it doesn't dis-color it. Lacquer thinner is the better choice, imo.
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Vette(s): black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion
Ive used a product called TalStrip from the local parts store. Its "aircraft stripper" as mengelstad mentioned above with good restults BUT...use gloves, it will burn like the devil if you get it on your skin. Crossfire19822010-12-14 06:22:47
I'm not actually painting them chrome. I am using a stripper that only takes off the black accent paint, then I am repainting them with semi-gloss black Krylon. It matches what used to be there pretty well, and the new paint makes all the chrome parts look like new (with a few dings)
Spending more time under the 'vette than in it since October 2010
Vette(s): 1977 Coupe (White), 1982 Coupe (Silver), 2006 Convertible (Victory Red). NCM Life Member #2221.
[QUOTE=Gunslinger]I know a good stripper! She posed for photos with my Corvette as a favor once. No...don't ask...can't post them here![/QUOTE]
Yea, I knew a good stripper in the Phillipines back in the 80's during the Falkland Islands' conflict. The problem with stating all this is that I can't say anymore about the stripper nor the war! Word has it the US was 'not involved'...lol.
Vette(s): 1971 350 270 hp roadster millivanilli red, black interior, white rag top, white hard top, I've had it 18 years and intend on giving it to my son for his 25th birthday(another 18 years from now)
I know a good stripper (I married her !!!) The best is lacquer thinner it doesn't need to be neuwturalized afterwards
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