I use both brake fluid and oven cleaner to remove chrome. I've used the plastic bag technique mentioned above, which negates the smell somewhat. For the brake fluid I use a tin pie plate. Since my workshop is in the garage, smell is not a large problem for me-- the oven cleaner might be an issue in the house, but then again, you don't want to spill brake fluid in the house either. Both rinse well in water as mentioned above. Also as mentioned above, the clear varnish remaining on the plastic is the real problem-- the chrome finish is usually pretty thin, it's the varnish used to provide a base for the chrome on the part that's usually the culprit. You may need to do another soak for that. Industrial strength foam grill cleaner usually does a good job on the heavier varnish. I recommend you use an old toothbrush while wearing rubber gloves to get the finish off, and you may need to wait several hours for the remover(s) to work. My paint of choice for replacing chrome finishes is Alclad Chrome over their gloss balck primer and pore filler. This really makes it look like chrome.