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How to Change Chrome to Brushed Chrome

Updated November 21, 2016

Chrome is a hard, decorative metal used as a protective agent on many items, such as vehicles, motorcycles, lighting fixtures and home appliances. Polished chrome is achieved using bright nickel as a lustrous base. Brushed chrome is achieved using a satin nickel and polishing it to a coarse-grained appearance. Although the nickel base may be different in each process, chrome plating can be changed to a brushed chrome appearance using some household supplies.

Remove debris from the chrome object by washing it with dish soap and water. Dry with a lint-free rag or paper towel.

Mask any areas of the object you are not converting to brushed chrome. The abrasive pad may damage surrounding painted surfaces.

Brush the chrome using an abrasive dish sponge. Scrub the chrome in the same direction to create a neat appearance.

Remove the masking tape when you are finished scrubbing. Wash the brushed chrome with dish soap and water again to remove any particles created by the abrasive sponge.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Masking tape
  • Abrasive sponge
  • Lint-free rag or paper towels
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