How to Change Shiny Chrome to Satin Chrome

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Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper, 220 grit and 400 grit

  • Bucket of water


It is much easier to remove the polished shine from a chrome object than it is to make it shiny. So be sure that you will like the results before attempting the procedure.

Wet sanding will will remove the polish from chrome without damaging the metal.

Chrome is most commonly plated onto other metals like bronze or aluminum to make them more resistant to corrosion and more visually appealing. Chrome is naturally gray in color, but can hold a very lustrous shine if polished. This is the way we usually see chrome when it is plated. However, if you prefer the look of a satin finish metal, you can sand down the polish on a chrome object to give it a more brushed or satin look.


Step 1

Soak your sand paper in a bucket of water for 10 minutes before sanding the chrome surface.

Step 2

Wet sand the chrome with a 220-grit sand paper. This will remove the shine of the polish and roughen the surface of the metal.

Step 3

Wet sand the chrome with a 400-grit sandpaper. This will smooth out any roughness on the surface of the chrome and give it a satin luster.

Step 4

Wipe down the chrome with a damp cloth to remove any loose sanding dust.


Jonathan Shaffer

Jonathan Shaffer has been a freelance writer and blogger since 1999. He has written concert reviews for prominent music blogs and magazines, including "Connections Magazine" in Orlando, Fla. Shaffer holds an Associate of Science in the recording arts from Full Sail University and is working on a Bachelor of Business from Valencia College.