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Removing Black Chrome Paint

Old 12-26-21, 12:05 PM
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Removing Black Chrome Paint

So I picked up this 1987 Schwinn High Sierra frankenbike ride. Yes, there are many things wrong here. My question though is the frame under the smoke paint all chrome? Since it is already flaking, can I just use paint remover to remove the rest of the paint? I heard it was applied with some kind of special process. Might be nice to have an all chrome frame.

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Sure looks to be chrome under a smoke clear. But "black chrome" can mean different things to different companies. In a bike's spec list any terms should be looked at as being for the selling of a bike and not an engineer's description.

The usual way to figure out if a finish can be removed with a method is to try the method in an out of the way spot and see what happens. I suspect that you do have a clear paint over the chrome, but I can't say for sure. This was a method that some brands used a couple of decades+ ago. Andy
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