Originally Posted by msrfan
The actual de-chroming is done with acid, but you can get satisfactory results with Scotchbrite pads. Either by hand or on an angle air motor. Just need to rough it up enough for the primer to stick. The pads come in 3 or 4 different grits, 2 and 3 inch diameter. I use the roughest for best results. It's harder if the chrome is flaking. Just more work.
Yep, by de-chroming I meant essentially the Scotchbrite approach, except I use one of those fibrous grit pad/wheels you can chuck up in your drill and go at it. They work great. I actually took the chrome completely off in a number of places - right down to the copper plating underneath. I used 220 grit paper to reach the spots the grit wheel didn't get. Then I used high-build primer right over that. This, I'll sand with 320, do a little surfacing putty, sand, prime a little more and then paint.
After that, it's throw the various components I've built on this thing and fire it up.