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Old 03-03-2008, 10:30 PM
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Default Removing Chrome?

On my old 4 piece drum kit, I was thinking about making all of the drum hardware black. Do I have to remove the chrome in order to keep the black spray paint on? How do I go about removing the chrome? How much does it cost?

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Old 03-03-2008, 11:44 PM
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Your going to need to sandblast your hardware to get it to an applyable surface and then have it plated with a new color/chrome.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:20 AM
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If you sand it really well and primer it, it might be possible, but it wont come out nearly as well as pictured in your mind.
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It would be easier and cheaper and look better just to get new hardware.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:54 AM
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It would be easier and cheaper and look better just to get new hardware.
Are you talking stands, lugs and the whole nine yards?

Like was said above you'd be better off probably looking for new hardware or if you do have the chrome removed have the hardware powder coated instead, it's a much more durable finish and will likely fill in some of the imperfections that you'll see once the chrome has gone through the sandblasting (which you still might need to do some sanding to smooth things a little after blasting and before finish is applied.)
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:40 AM
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Are you talking stands, lugs and the whole nine yards?

Like was said above you'd be better off probably looking for new hardware or if you do have the chrome removed have the hardware powder coated instead, it's a much more durable finish and will likely fill in some of the imperfections that you'll see once the chrome has gone through the sandblasting (which you still might need to do some sanding to smooth things a little after blasting and before finish is applied.)
Good chrome is much more durable than powder coating. Those hot colors you see on rims don't last.

Blasting all the chrome off and recoating is an expensive pain in the ass and probably not worth it.

I'd have to agree with others here and say either buy new hardware or forget it.
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:52 AM
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Find a metal plating shop and ask about prices..

Chrome is removed the same way it is applied.. electro-chemically. The base metal is not damaged during the removal process and re-applying chrome is easy.

You can get other metals instead of chrome as well, such as copper, gold, brass.. All very nice choices in the right setting.

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