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    De-Chroming Rims

    I know theres a few people that have done it, so could anyone tell me how to take the chrome off the stock rims, i like the look and want to give it a shot
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    This thread has some useful info...

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    okay thanks
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    I have done it two ways, Acetone and EasyOff. And by far EasyOff is the best, hands down.

    Clean your wheels up the best you can. Get an old cardboard box and a can of EasyOff (Yellow Can). Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area........spray them down with a good even coat and walk away. Come back the next day and rinse them off. You may have to re-apply to a few areas and after letting it sit again take a tooth pick or old toothbrush and pop those spots off.
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    Yup Easy off is the way to go. I just got done doing it and the results are amazing. Love the stock wheels and tires together when the wheels are black.

    I had to reapply the easy off 4 times. And let the wheels sit with the easy off on about 6 to 8 hours each time. After I let it sit before I rinsed it off I also scrubbed the wheel with and old tooth brush. Then rinsed in warm water. Then checked to see if the results were what I wanted. Like i said I had to reapply with 4 total costs over the span of a day and a half. But the the results were so worth it. And best of all you get to keep the tires on as the easy off doesn't exfllffect the glue or the rubber of the tires.

    Good luck it's well worth the effort.

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    I always boil mine in water it turnes them white, then I use easy off

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    Can you get this in australia?
    I don't think you can?
    Oh well there is always ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielhawkins View Post
    Can you get this in australia?
    I don't think you can?
    Oh well there is always ebay.
    i was wondering that because i live in australia too
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielhawkins View Post
    Can you get this in australia?
    I don't think you can?
    Oh well there is always ebay.
    i was wondering that because i live in australia too
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelRobbo View Post
    i was wondering that because i live in australia too
    I have done a bit of googling and can't find anything and have had no results from ebay.com.au...
    Looks like you might just have to order form ebay.com and buy it from the US.
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    Can this be done with the tires still attached?

    And what is Easy Offs main purpose? Maybe here in Australia we can buy a similar thing?

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    alright, shame you cant get it in aus, that would be heaps better
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    Yes it can be done with the tires still attached.
    Check this thread. http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...ghlight=chrome
    Easy offs main purpose, according to google, is it is a heavy duter oven cleaner so in simple terms a strong, potent grease remover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycophantsy View Post
    And what is Easy Offs main purpose? Maybe here in Australia we can buy a similar thing?
    It is an oven cleaner. In Argentina is sold as Zebra oven cleaner.
    http://www.easyoff.us/

    This is the data of the manufacturer in Autralia:

    Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited
    44 Wharf Road
    West Ryde
    NSW 2114
    Australia

    T +61 (0)2 9857 2000
    F +61 (0)2 9857 2004
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdbsummit View Post
    It is an oven cleaner. In Argentina is sold as Zebra oven cleaner.
    http://www.easyoff.us/

    This is the data of the manufacturer in Autralia:

    Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited
    44 Wharf Road
    West Ryde
    NSW 2114
    Australia

    T +61 (0)2 9857 2000
    F +61 (0)2 9857 2004
    So what your saying is they make the same product with virtually the same ingredients but call it a different name.
    thanks for the info
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    That's right.
    May be you can try with other oven cleaner. I think that the basic active principle is the sodium hydroxide from this cleaners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdbsummit View Post
    That's right.
    May be you can try with other oven cleaner. I think that the basic active principle is the sodium hydroxide from this cleaners.
    There is this BBQ cleaner http://www.selleys.com.au/home-cleaning/bbq/tough-clean..
    Don't know how potent it would be on on plastic. I Might experiment with it and see what it does.
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    Off to Bunnings or Woolies we go.. :P

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    Experimented with the BBQ cleaner on the rim to see if it would de chrome. to my astonishment it worked but only after about 3weeks of re-applying about every 2nd day, which is a bit dumb but atleast it works. then i rubbed down with a tooth brush and this is as far as it has got.

    If i do all 4 tyres at the same time it will be quicker. But will need BBQ cleaner soon.
    Here is the BBQ cleaner i was using. Joel and Phsyco should no what i am talking about


    And just as an end note i tested it on the tyre as well but it didn't seem to harm it.
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    i wana do it!! sounds like a lot of work and i live in a appartment so.... maybe not the wife will go bananas!

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    I think this may be better than the BBQ cleaner...I'm not sure, could be wrong but this cleans the oven real well.

    http://www2.woolworthsonline.com.au/...ockcode=233881
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    yes i think it would be more effecient.
    I think i will go and grab some tomorrow, and experiment.
    will let you guys know how it goes
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    warm environment should acelerate the process... may be this can help if your oven cleaner is not so efficient. btw, it looks you are close to no chrome at all.
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    Doing some test today, I've found that if you first put acetone over the chromed surface and inmmediately spray the oven cleaner, chrome goes in less than 2 minutes!
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    Acetone + easy off works great. My first de chomed rim:
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    Now thats fast.
    And really black as well. Got the whole lot off.
    Will try it out.
    Not gonna do them till i have rebuilt my truck coz i have no way of spinning the water out ofter cleaning them.
    Thanks for the tips

    As for the easy off oven cleaner that u can just buy here at woolworths, it is good. Better (as it says on the can) in a warm environment and even better with acetone.
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    I've just de chromed all the rims. Another tip is that in the rim edge, if there is a bit of tire glue, then it won't dechrome... so if you remove this glue, your rims will be 100% black.

    http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...=1#post5432851
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    Careful using acetone it can melt the plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crock View Post
    Careful using acetone it can melt the plastic.
    Yes, and also de glue your tires...
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    de croming my rims now. Two weeks old(broke the first week) and cound not do the chrome anymore. So I apllyed easy off about a hour and a half ago to dry clean rims with tires still glued on. Misted it a few times sence. Just washed them off and three rimms 99% black with a milky gummy stuffon top that washes right off.one rim has chrome all the way around it,about a 1/8" in from the outer edge/ tire. I did have to reglue one tire back on so that must be it. Re apllyed and will wait a hour or so before bed and wash them off again. Did it in my sink and them room set up at 72f so maybe that helped. The stock geodes look realy good when you can see past that shiny ( insert bad word). Its the only thing traxxas did wroung with it.

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    wow wish i had of read this a few days ago. i de chromed my geodes yesturday. i'm also from australia and couldn't be bothered looking for easy off. i used acetone, it worked fine, took a 3-4 hours of soaking before it started to come off easy. the brushing became boring quite fast.

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    Easy off is def the best easiest way to go. I let it sit for 45mins and then took a toothbrush with warm water and scrubed them. Did a second coat with the same process. Turned out nicely i think.


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    Nice job. Looks good.
    Patience is a virtue. I wanted to see how well it worked (was testing on my old wheel) so i left it like for 15mins then cleaned it. it took at least 3 lots of 15mins to get it off which is 45 mins.
    When i do it properly i am going to leave it for 45mins but re-apply the easy off every 15mins or so. This way i will only have to celan it once (hopefully).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanHasErbe View Post
    wow wish i had of read this a few days ago. i de chromed my geodes yesturday. i'm also from australia and couldn't be bothered looking for easy off. i used acetone, it worked fine, took a 3-4 hours of soaking before it started to come off easy. the brushing became boring quite fast.
    LOL couldn't be bothered looking for easy off (i thought the same way) and here it is in "Woolworths".
    It is cheap to.
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    De-Chromed my rims today.. That stuff is really strong! Within half an hour 99% of the chrome was gone, I learnt two things:
    - Gloves are handy
    - Don't get it in your mouth or on your lips because even a drop will burn like nothing else
    Overall the rims came out really well
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    Good work... Yes very strong. I try not to breathe it because it feels like you got something int he back of your throat and it makes you cough.
    Yes gloves are good. I didn't wear them either and my fingers starting burning a bit.
    Oh that's definitely not a place to get it.
    Thats awesome glad it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielhawkins View Post
    Good work... Yes very strong. I try not to breathe it because it feels like you got something int he back of your throat and it makes you cough.
    Yes gloves are good. I didn't wear them either and my fingers starting burning a bit.
    Oh that's definitely not a place to get it.
    Thats awesome glad it worked.
    No the mouth is not the place to get it. The spot where it hit my lip stung to touch for hours
    I did it in a very open area and I didn't have it get up in my lungs
    I found some bits just didn't come off so anything outside the "beadlock" ring it hit with gloss black touch up paint, can't even tell
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