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There is a billet quick-release fuel cap on ebay that I want, but I hate chrome. Any way to strip chrome from billet safely?
 
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Not really. At least as far as I know.

Generally chroming requires layers of copper, then nickle, and finally several layers of chrome.

You can strip or blast it off, but aluminum is softer than chrome or nickel. You can also buff it off with an aggressive rouge.

You could always paint/coat or plate over the chrome.
 

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Well, I might just have to keep searching for other sources for quick-release fuel caps then. The only place I know of though, the last time I ordered from them, they didn't bother to tell me it was on backorder for several weeks. I waited a few weeks more and it still didn't arrive so I cancelled the order with them.
 

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kuhlka said:
There is a billet quick-release fuel cap on ebay that I want, but I hate chrome. Any way to strip chrome from billet safely?
Yep, reversing the electrical connections (to what they are when chroming) on the part should get the chrome/nickle deposit off thr part. Find a local chroming shop and have a word with 'em.

Check this out:
http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/acatalog/Fuel_Filler_Caps.html
No Trumpet there, but if you like the part, maybe he can custom make one for you. Met the guy some time ago at a bike show. He seemed very willing to custom make a BMW brake reservoir cap for a friend who was with me.
 

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Yes but I would be very hesitant to put aluminium bits in Sodium Hydroxide solutions. Aluminium does corrode in the presence of alkalis and NaOH is one of the strongest.
 
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Sodium hydroxide and aluminum do not mix.

Also I would be hesitant to reverse the electrical connections on an aluminum part as well, for fear of electrolysis of the aluminum.
 
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