[urq] Chrome removal from plastic

AF afinn1 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 20:01:04 PST 2012

I can report that this method works well, but takes AGES. I probably used
12 double-sized jugs of bleach and it took 4 weeks. The results were
spectacular though. Clean white plastic. In conjunction with my pegasus
racing 4x6 intake that fits nicely in the inboard headlight of the quad US
set up, I have cold air fed directly into the V8's air box. At Thunderhill
this weekend the results were noticed....

andrew finney
1985 UrQ with '83 black bezels and a fresh air intake.

On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 6:49 AM, Louis-Alain Richard <laraa at sympatico.ca>wrote:

> Andrew,
> The chrome in there is more an aesthetic thing than a light output
> enhancer.
> It gives the lamps a more deep and "finished" look. I personally don't like
> the all-black look, it just don't work on these surrounds. They are way too
> deep and it won't look correct. I've tried it a few times on my car, and I
> ended repairing a set with small patches of chrome metallic tape where the
> original chrome was peeling.
> Look at this before you paint them :
> http://www.cartuningpics.com/car/32652/193956/
> http://rbcrombie.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/audi-ur-quatttro.jpg
> http://www.carsablanca.de/Bilderstrecke/audi-coupe-81c#pathway
> As for painting chrome, I've tried sanding, buffing, good quality primers
> and stuff but paint was always peeling after a while. That's why I reverted
> to the correct chrome+black setup.
> Last word : if you still do it, use semi-gloss black, not flat black (which
> absorb light even more). The Sport Q was semi-gloss...
> http://www.thecartorialist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/audi_sport_quattro
> _angle_front_detail.jpg<http://www.thecartorialist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/audi_sport_quattro_angle_front_detail.jpg>
> Louis-Alain
> -----Message d'origine-----
> I'm looking for some list wisdom about how to remove chrome from plastic.
> I've got a mint set of early quad headlight surrounds. Rather than painting
> over the chrome that surrounds all of the front surfaces of the trim I
> would
> love to strip the trim back to plastic and then paint them black for a
> better bond. Is there anything that will lift the chrome without eating the
> plastic beneath?
> Failing that plan is there a reliable way to prep the chrome to take black
> trim paint?
> I assume the trim on the early urq included chrome on the inner trim
> surfaces to avoid light absorbance?
> Thanks so much.
> Andrew Finney
> 1985 urq v8
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