Any solutions out there that will cause chrome to flake. Using a fine steel wool at the moment, with a lot of elbow grease. But very time consuming. Thanks.
PS. The new Nitromors don't work
as previously said the “ chrome” is generally nickel on saxophones.
One can reverse plate items that are plated, the process involves, .like the original plating, immersion in a solution of water and an acid plus the use of electrodes, this, despite the intervention of acid, is probably less invasive than buffing all that metal off the keys and you will see how it comes off in minutes.
Make sure to immerse the keys in a neutralising solution post treatment (perhaps containing some Sodium Carbonate to neutralise any acid still active)
Are you planning to apply another protective finish to stop it discoloring, like wax for instance?Most saxophone keys on student models are nicked plated, not chrome. I have had good success using Caswell's B-929 Nickel Stripper. The photo below is a work in progress in which YAS-23 keys were stripped and given a brushed satin finish. I'll post a few more photos when the "experimental" project is finished.