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"Chrome" Removal: Method

  • Locate the plastic container in a well ventilated area suitable for spraying corrosive liquids, away from animals and children.

  • Place the chrome layer you want to strip in the plastic container.

  • Wearing gloves, shake the can of oven cleaner throughly and apply to sufficiently cover the model.

  • Seal the container and leave for 5 minutes.

  • You will notice the aluminium dissolves almost immediately revealing completely clean plastic.

  • Turn model over and repeat.

  • Rinse both container and model under cold running water, if any aluminium coating remains repeat the process.

  • The plastic layer is exposed, clean, and ready for glue and paint.


  • Oven cleaner wont affect plastic meaning it can be used to clean up and refresh old plastic parts, notably dirty interiors of secondhand toy cars.

  • You can keep select areas of chrome (such as grills and bumpers) by painting them with masking fluid to protect them during stripping. 

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