How to Remove Chrome or Nickel Plating

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowl or bucket

  • Paper face mask

  • Rubber gloves

  • Acetone

  • Towel or aluminum foil

  • Rag or old toothbrush

Acetone is the main ingredient in nail polish, and you can find it in home improvement stores.
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Chrome and nickel plating can be found on a full range of household products, from sewing machine parts to candle holders. While the embellishment is designed to supply a finishing touch, it might not be to your liking. In that case, remove the plating. You'll need acetone as well as a little patience.

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Step 1

Work in well-ventilated area or better, outdoors. Remove the chrome or nickel plating from the object if it's attached with screws. You will have to submerge the plating in a bowl or bucket large enough to accommodate it.

Step 2

Put on a face mask and rubber gloves. Fill a bowl or bucket with acetone.

Step 3

Place the chrome- or nickel-plated object in the bowl or bucket. Cover it with a towel or a heavy sheet of aluminum foil to block the fumes.

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Step 4

Check the progress of the removal about every two hours. It might take as long as 24 hours for the acetone to soften and dissolve the plating.

Step 5

Remove the object from the acetone. Wipe away the plating residue with a rag or a worn, soft toothbrush. Rinse the object with water and then wipe it dry.

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