mjgkiwi wrote:The safest option, and it probably won't cost much, is to go to a chrome platers and ask them to strip it. Platers who do restoration work will do this sort of thing all the time.
I've dealt with the local platers for a coupla reasons. they tend to want to charge as much for a one-off small gig as they would a full run. I understand that it doesn't pay to meddle in the small stuff.*
I was afraid that I'd have to resort to HCL or manual labour, but I guess this means that I get to buy the bench grinder now!
Yeah, there is too much brass exposed to want to sink the entire thing into HCL, and too much hassle to paint it. I'll check with a coupla platers, but I'm guessing that I'm gonna have to bear down and do it manually. Thanks for the advice!
*I did, at one point, have our annual engineering award (a gold plated 'tweaker' or small screw-driver for making electronics adjustments) plated fairly inexpensively by dropping it off with one understanding plater who would throw it in with the next batch of gold plating with the understanding that it would get done when it got done.