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Old 04-10-2007, 04:09:37 PM
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I have an oiler which is chrome plated,it looks to be quite thick plating all over, the base metal is bronze? possibly brass but as its in contact with steam I doubt it is brass, I want to remove the chrome without doing any damage to the base metal, anyone got any clue as to how to do his?
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:31:49 PM
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Oiler body probably IS Brass or more likely Bronze. Are you sure it is Chrome, and not Nickle? On older high priced (better)oilers, Nickle was the plating of choice. I suppose acid etching - electrolytic stripping, is the way to go, but it is not really practical. Any method will probably damage the base metal. you are probably better off finding a diferent oiler, rather than trying to strip the current one. If the reason for removing the old finish is because it is in poor shape, why not take it to a plating shop, and have it re-finished? Might be cheaper in the long run
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Electrolisis will work just fine and doesnt take very long.You will have to polish the brass as it will become dull
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