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.

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.

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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Cameron Easey

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.