Chrome polishing


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JDMAG
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Chrome polishing

Postby JDMAG » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:52 pm



Whats the best way to get the chrome nice and shiny? this "Project" bike, has been setting for a bit. just lite rust and film. but I don't feel like I can remove it all with just Elbow grease and Never dull. Any special equipment and or products that you use? :ugeek:



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Oldbear
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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby Oldbear » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:54 pm

An old auto-body trick (I say old because my friend that taught me this is old... he started hot rodding in the 50/60). An SOS pad will help remove much of the rust and corrosion without damaging the chrome (real chrome - not plastic stuff). We've used 000 steel wool with success also.
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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby JDMAG » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:15 pm

Why didn't I think of that! :shock: Take it off with that and then polish it up with the never dull!

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby lt2dogs55 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:57 pm

Something to try as well is Coke-a cola and Aluminum foil. Works great and fast. I do a lot of polishing chrome for my brother who sells used parts for Honda CB900 Customs'. You can also use Turtle wax Chrome Polish with the Aluminum foil. Either way works great and because the Aluminum is softer than the Chrome there are no small scratches or swirls as there are with using steel wool.

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby Oldbear » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:38 pm

Sounds like I need to pickup some aluminum foil... :)
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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby JDMAG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:00 pm

Yeah! lol Me too! Thanks!
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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby lt2dogs55 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:08 pm

Actually, Diet coke works just as well as isn't as sticky as Coke because of the lack of sugar.

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby JDMAG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:15 am

Good to know. Finely a good use for a diet coke! :lol:

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby Dale Landan » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:21 pm

If all else fails try Harbour Freight they sell a 3/4 hourse buffer for about 69.00 They also have an assortment of 8 inch wheels and polishing compounds for alumunium, I am going to do the air dampeners on the radiator and the intake pipes , and the vacuum system top covers, since my Aspencade is in the process of a (almost) a complete refit payed 400.00 for it but a lot of parts were missing, the inline air system and lines, the carberatours seat lower fairing covers frozen engine ( had not been ran since 2002) so I replaced the engine still fighting with California DMV, to get it regestered with the new engine serial number.

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby JDMAG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:45 am

The chrome is coming along nicely. I work on a few mechanical issues, then I polish for a while. I rebuilding mine too Mr. Landon. AT 51 its my first Motor cycle. I am looking forward to getting it out on the road.

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby The Wolf » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:40 am

I've been working on my 83 Goldwing and it had lots of rust and the best and easiest way to remove it is aluminum foil. I had a box of foil for hotdogs/hamburgers from SAMs and it works great, plus no mess afterwards.

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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby Oldbear » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:19 am

The Wolf wrote:I've been working on my 83 Goldwing and it had lots of rust and the best and easiest way to remove it is aluminum foil. I had a box of foil for hotdogs/hamburgers from SAMs and it works great, plus no mess afterwards.

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Except for the hamburger grease and mustard stains... :lol:
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Re: Chrome polishing

Postby Doug B. » Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:45 am

I have used 0000 steel wool and auto polish simultaneously for what seems like forever. Rub lightly and you get a superb shine.


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