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Oven Cleaner on Tundra "Chrome"?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Sunnier, May 4, 2018.

  1. May 4, 2018 at 10:25 AM
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    Sunnier

    Sunnier [OP] Agrees your truck is the second best colour

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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    I recently drove the Tundra on a 2,000 mile road trip (pavement + dirt) and got the front covered with dead and baked-on bugs. I've done pressure wash + Chemical Guys foam + soft mitt scrub twice and, while the paint looks good, I still see bug guts on the chrome and in every little crevice.

    Recently, a guy suggested I try oven cleaner, said he used to use it when he prepped used cars to sell on a lot. On the plus side, it's hot where I live and not always convenient to dedicate cool evenings to washing the truck. If oven cleaner won't hurt anything, I could see it being good in hot weather. Whatchu guys think?
     
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  2. May 4, 2018 at 10:51 AM
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    I wouldn't do it. When I was researching how to remove chrome from plastic, there's a method involving oven cleaner to remove the chrome.
     
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  3. May 4, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    ARamirez73 JUST A HOBO RIDIN' THEM RAILS TO ANYWHERE

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    I've heard years ago aluminum foil n coke cola good for chrome????
     
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  4. May 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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    Extra fine 0000 steel wool if the foil don't work.

    Edit: don't do it to "plastic" chrome!
     
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  5. May 4, 2018 at 11:06 AM
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    dcsleeper408

    dcsleeper408 BASTRDS

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    try bug and tar before any of that stuff.
    tarminator was a good one.
     
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  6. May 4, 2018 at 11:08 AM
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    Danimal86

    Danimal86 What's a Dickfir?

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    This! Let it soak on there and it should wipe right off
     
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  7. May 4, 2018 at 11:12 AM
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    That will scratch the chrome, it's what I used to scuff the reflectors during my retrofit.
     
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  8. May 4, 2018 at 11:22 AM
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    Edited my post.. I was thinking metal bumper type chrome.
     
  9. May 4, 2018 at 11:49 AM
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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    Thanks, Guys! I edited the title to clarify, I mean the fake "chrome" that covers so much of the front of my truck.

    Is Bug & Tar a product name? I'll check the internet.
     
  10. May 4, 2018 at 11:50 AM
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    dcsleeper408

    dcsleeper408 BASTRDS

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    yeah turtle wax has a good one.. that tarminator worked well for me too.
     
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  11. May 4, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    Tarminator. Got it; thanks, Mark!
     
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  12. May 4, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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    Yes, B&T remover if WD40 don’t work.
     
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  13. May 4, 2018 at 5:40 PM
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    All purpose cleaner?
     
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    Oven cleaner removes anodizing, know that for a fact as I've done it on some bike and motocross bike parts. I'm guessing it removes a lot of other things as well, that said it's not going near any vehicle I own.
     
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  15. May 4, 2018 at 5:45 PM
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    Stiff plastic brush with degreaser mixed in water. What is left you can then remove with Maguires Quik Detail Spray in conjunction with a clay bar. Or, you could plasti-dip over the bug guts and my stock shares will climb higher.
     
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  16. May 4, 2018 at 5:58 PM
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    You know the guy that prepped cars for sale didn't care about the future of the car. Like @ThundraSr5, I too read about oven cleaner as a way to strip chrome from plastic. I'd be more comfortable using acetone but think Tarminator or Goof off would be better.
    Why are we talking about the chrome anyhow? You now have a great excuse to go color matched.:anonymous: Maybe you're just getting it ready to trade in on a '19 Pro.:rolleyes:
     
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  17. May 4, 2018 at 6:06 PM
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    Best insect remover is actually human saliva. Lick the shit out of the front of your truck. But there’s a certain bacteria on the tongue that helps dissolve the insects so you can’t just spit on it. Must use tongue.
     
  18. May 4, 2018 at 6:13 PM
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    Sunnier [OP] Agrees your truck is the second best colour

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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    :anonymous:
     
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    Sunnier [OP] Agrees your truck is the second best colour

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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    Sounds like a great idea; I totally believe you! o_O














    Hmmn. Thinks about it: 'as long as I don't hafta post pics'....
     
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    Knew a guy that used this trick on seagull poop. He walked right up and licked the foot long poop streak then smeared it around with his forearm. Results: Worse than leaving it alone not to mention the purple chunks in his teeth. True story.
     
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    I use this stuff works great!20180504_192553.jpg
     
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    I used oven cleaner To remove what was left of the paint on my 64 Oldsmobile stock stainless hubcaps. Worked beautifully. I don’t think I would want to anywhere near the paint of my truck though.
     
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  23. May 4, 2018 at 8:21 PM
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    Whenever I see brake dust on my wheels I use oven cleaner. I’ve never had an issue
     
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    RE: I recently drove the Tundra on a 2,000 mile road trip (pavement + dirt) and got the front covered with dead and baked-on bugs. I've done pressure wash + Chemical Guys foam + soft mitt scrub twice and, while the paint looks good, I still see bug guts on the chrome and in every little crevice.

    Recently, a guy suggested I try oven cleaner, said he used to use it when he prepped used cars to sell on a lot. On the plus side, it's hot where I live and not always convenient to dedicate cool evenings to washing the truck. If oven cleaner won't hurt anything, I could see it being good in hot weather. Whatchu guys think?


    Oven Cleaner can remove chrome from plastic parts. I used to do that when I painted cars, customer wanted blacked out emblems or car colored emblems. So instead of sanding them or sand blasting them, my co worked told me to use the extra strength oven cleaner. It works on plastic. If you have plastic knobs on you stove or cook top in your home, don't use oven cleaner on them either, it will loosen, and bubble the knobs chrome as you clean them if you leave it on to long. Long and short...sorry DONT DO IT. !! Use Hot Water and cut a cheap paint brush bristles half way up so they are more stiffer but still flexible. Every Car/ Truck detailer has one, to get compound out of the door jams and else where your fingers wont go. you can use the cut paint brush any ware on your Ride to get at unwanted spooge, spunk, lint and just yucky stuff... LOL. Hope that might help you all. I liked the spit idea also....Jungbug...LOL
     
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    If the bugs haven’t etched in yet, use bounce sheets and water. I’ve tried every product I could find to get bugs off, and none were as good. Sounds stupid, but it’s pretty effective.

    Grab some bounce sheets and a spray bottle with plains water. Spray the water on the area, then just rub it with the bounce sheets. Then go back and clean the bounce residue off. Done.

    The only time it doesn’t work is if they’ve been on there and etched into the paint / chrome. It’s permanent at that point.

    I really don’t understand why P&G isn’t marketing them this way.
     
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  27. May 7, 2018 at 3:36 PM
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    Great recommendation!

    Occasionally we get ants cruising into our house in the summer looking for water. This happened one time while we were away for vacation. We came home and found dryer sheets draped everywhere but no ants. The neighbor we left in charge explained they're a deterrent, and she's right. Just one or two places where the scouts come in, stops em cold.
     

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