Achieving a perfect chrome spray plating is easy when you remain aware of all the parameters that can have an impact on the results. These parameters are many and range from temperature levels, humidity, dust, fingerprints, improper plasma treatment, and so on. Even if we’re careful, sometimes we slip up and will need to start over the chrome plating process. Thankfully, there is a way to salvage your part without having to sand your part and re-apply the Basecoat.
BLEACH THE PART!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- RUBBER GLOVES
- MICROFIBER CLOTH
- SOFT BLUE SHOP TOWELS
- CUP OF BLEACH
- COSMICHROME BASECOAT CLEANER
- THE PART TO BE BLEACHED
*NOTE: This process can only be done if the Topcoat has not yet been applied to the part.*
The part that needs re-plating will need the plating to first be removed.
We begin this process by saturating our soft blue shop towels into the cup of bleach. After it is well saturated, gently rub the bleach into the part. The chrome should begin to quickly dissolve and reveal the Basecoat underneath. Continue to rub and wipe away the plating until all the plating is removed. Re-soak your shop towel in bleach and remove any residual plating residue. Grab a new shop towel, soak in bleach and wipe down the piece as a final rundown. Now rinse your part very thoroughly with distilled water to remove any leftover bleach. Be aware that any leftover bleach will oxidize the metal and make the product look yellow! So rinse very well!
Now that the old plating is gone, we can prepare the part for re-plating.
Apply Cosmichrome Basecoat Cleaner to the part to neutralize the part for re-plating. Gently rub in the Basecoat Cleaner into the part. Be careful to not apply too much pressure. Now, rinse away Basecoat Cleaner with distilled water.
Now re-flame the part to prepare it for re-plating. After that, apply the A22 Activator solution. This activates the Basecoat for plating adhesion. Rinse again with distilled water, getting rid of any excess A22.
Time for re-plating.
Apply G4 & G5 plating solutions. Rinse with distilled water.
Congratulations! You have successfully re-plated a part!