Originally Posted by webmonster
...and what is a good way to get the chrome lettering back on? Is it just a paint finish? If so I am worried that I might mess up the edges.
Edges are an issue with any restoration.
The chrome on plastic is actually an electroplated finish you're not going to be able to duplicate.
For stripping - Paasche Air Eraser. Use the finest grit you can find.
I wouldn't go obsessive about stripping every last bit of the black.
What I'd be tempted to do is use a sanding block to hit most of the chrome high spots. Again - very fine grit - this stuff is soft... This will flatten the letters a bit. Then hit the edges with the Air Eraser, which will probably soften the hard edges.
I've actually had pretty good results with rattle-can Chrome paint. Hobby store or auto parts for that. It's come a long way in recent years. It will oxidise matte eventually without a clear coat, so plan for that too. Paint everything.
-Then- flow in the black background.
Hard to be more specific without knowing what kind of plastic...
Some is more impervious to solvents than others. Guess wrong and you'll have a puddle of viscous goo.