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#1 Shtick

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:19 AM

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I did a search, but couldn't find my answer. Let's say I wanted to remove the print from the torso of the chrome Stormtrooper without harming the chrome? Will Brasso be too abrasive? I'd like to end with a shiny printless torso. Suggestions? Thanks!

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:22 AM

Depends, If the chrome is printed on then it will harm. If lego used a different technique to apply chrome such as electroplating the chrome directly to the fig then I'm guessing that you'll be ok. I am not held liable if you ruin Mr. shiny.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:27 AM

View Postbrickme, on Jan 12 2010, 06:22 PM, said:

Depends, If the chrome is printed on then it will harm. If lego used a different technique to apply chrome such as electroplating the chrome directly to the fig then I'm guessing that you'll be ok. I am not held liable if you ruin Mr. shiny.
The chrome is electroplated on, then the printing is printed onto the chrome. :wink:

I'm not sure if Brasso would be the best choice for removing the print for chrome torsos. There might be a lacquer on the chrome or on both the chrome and printing that protects it from damage, but brasso might also remove the chrome as well as the print.  :sceptic:

We don't see chromed parts with printing on it often (and if we do, they're usually uncommon or expensive), so I don't think that anyone has any personal experiences on this topic.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:50 AM

Silvo is not as rough on surfaces as Brasso is, I use Silvo on mode switch contacts in VCR's and they come up a treat.
But be careful, do a small test first before going completely all out.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:18 AM

This is what happened when someone removed the chrome from light sabers. I'd assume the same would happen to a torso. Also it's a cheaper quality figure and the chrome is probably cheaper too.  :sceptic:
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:38 AM

Were they trying to remove the chrome? Sure looks that way. I was planning to get the Stormie magnet and clean him off. I may still give it a try. I've got a few varnish removers and thinners at my work. I'll do a few tests.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 01:40 PM

I don't want to sound negative but I am almost positive this can't be done.

i wish you the best of luck, but I can't see the printing coming off without scratching or removing some chrome too.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 01:44 PM

View PostJCC1004, on Jan 13 2010, 02:48 PM, said:

This is what happened when someone removed the chrome from light sabers. I'd assume the same would happen to a torso. Also it's a cheaper quality figure and the chrome is probably cheaper too.  :sceptic:
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 01:59 PM

View PostShtick, on Jan 12 2010, 09:19 PM, said:

I did a search, but couldn't find my answer. Let's say I wanted to remove the print from the torso of the chrome Stormtrooper without harming the chrome? Will Brasso be too abrasive? I'd like to end with a shiny printless torso. Suggestions? Thanks!
It will definitely destroy the chrome at the same time.

View PostYG-49, on Jan 13 2010, 07:44 AM, said:

Wow! Those sabers look AWESOME! I have to do that...
That wasn't done with Brasso, it would be impossible to get in every crevice that well, those were soaked in bleach. The specific amount of time varies, but bleach does a nice job removing chrome. I've dechromed a few pieces that were worn, revealing the natural colour underneath. The only problem with lightsabers as an example is that they are rarely anything but bley or grey underneath. I haven't found one of the unique colours yet, but I've heard of red and blue in addition to those shown. The easiest way to tell is to look for an area inside the ends where the chrome doesn't completely cover (assuming you don't have a damaged one with plastic exposed already).

I've definitely seen red under chrome exhaust pipes, as well as transclear. Haven't tried a crown yet.

Dechroming is a unique way to salvage otherwise damaged parts and make something new, though outside of having unique lightsabers, I can't really come up with a good use for any of them.

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#10 Shtick

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for the responses! My plan was to make a shiny fire suit for a town figure. I guess I'll look for another method.  :classic:

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

View PostShtick, on Jan 13 2010, 09:15 AM, said:

Thanks for the responses! My plan was to make a shiny fire suit for a town figure. I guess I'll look for another method.  :classic:
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 05:28 PM

Shoot an email to the ChromeBricks.com guys outta' Germany before you go ahead. They should have some expert advice you're looking for.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:21 PM

View PostLegoDad42, on Jan 14 2010, 04:28 AM, said:

Shoot an email to the ChromeBricks.com guys outta' Germany before you go ahead. They should have some expert advice you're looking for.
In fact the ChromeBricks guys would probably make you some chromes minifig torsos to order. That's probably a better idea than ruining your Stormtrooper.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 09:45 PM

You always could test it on the helmet.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:30 AM

View PostJCC1004, on Jan 13 2010, 04:45 PM, said:

You always could test it on the helmet.
Or just buy two, and try it on only one of them. If it removes the chrome and print, you would at least have a blank stormie helmet.
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