Polishing chromes


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Polishing chromes

Postby kane67 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:01 am



Hi,
Not sure if this has been talked here before, I polished saddle bag chrome guards yesterday... I found local US car club forum some tricks what they use.

Sugar cubes (or what's the name?)... it really works great, never thought how easy and cheap way to polish.
Just few drop water with it and start polishing. All rust spots, dirt away ;)

Also coke was mentioned, need to test... :D



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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby rgmr250 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:06 pm

I use aluminum foil wetted with water. Polishes the chrome without scratching, makes pitting look better (knocks down the peaks of the pits, and fills in the holes a little) and hides any bits of rust well. If you have more than a tiny bit of rust, use Evaporust (or similar) instead of water. I've restored chrome on some older bikes, and this method has worked really well.

I've read of using Coke instead of water, but then you have a sticky mess to clean up. The Evaporust just needs at quick wipe-off with a rag when you're done.

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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby CMReynolds1 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:20 pm

Great info gentlemen. I look forward to some more posts with info.

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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:56 pm

A while back, I had a VERY light rust showing on my exhaust at the rear. I usually just wax it out with a standard light abrasive wax, like McGuires polishing wax. I did that a couple of times, and the rust reappeared rather quickly. Soon after, I was removing my rear wheel for replacement, and decided to clean the mufflers more thoroughly since I had better access to them. I used the Never Dull product, which seems to be nothing more than a wadding material soaked in mineral spirits. Then applied my usual wax over the newly cleaned pipes. It was months before the rust stains reappeared on the pipes that time. I can't explain why, but the never dull seemed to add a better level of protection, or just cleaned the pipes better than wax alone. Anyway, I'm a believer. It works well for many areas that need to be cleaned up on chrome. Final coat of wax, and your good to go. It's available at Wally World.


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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:57 pm

When I was in the Navy, NevrDull was what we shined all the brass with. Glad to hear it can help on chrome! Thanks.

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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby Mh434 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:57 pm

I've used Brasso, NeverDull, aluminum foil, toothpaste, jeweler's rouge, pepsi, steel wool, "Ouatre" (from France), and just about everything else you can think of.

Here's my go-to method: If the item has crusty bits of rust, I use 4/0 steel wool & oil to smooth it out (the oil helps prevent any scratching). Once it's pretty smooth, I use Autosol metal polishing paste & a soft cloth.

Of all the products I've tried, it's the one that never, ever fails. I use it on aluminum, steel, stainless, chrome, brass, bronze, and most plastics, with outstanding results. It also leaves a protective coating that seems to repel water. The company's been around since 1929 (a West German company).

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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby demac1763 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:22 am

I polish my chrome with an sos pad,just wet it and shine your chrome.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:09 am

demac1763 wrote:I polish my chrome with an sos pad,just wet it and shine your chrome.


I tried that once and regretted it. Dulled the chrome finish. It was on the mirrors on my truck. I see my mistake everyday. :(
I think the grit of the SOS pad is too coarse. The soap helps a bit but after my experience I would never do it again.

+1 for the AutoSol mentioned above.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby punch7 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:41 pm

I can't say that this substance will help with rusted or pitted chrome because it will not. But, the easiest and cheapest thing to use to keep your chrome sparkling is good old Windex! And a spray bottle will last a several seasons. Most folks have some in their kitchen cabinet and if you do, spray some on your chrome, wipe it down with a clean rag.

Give it a try. It won't cost anything to find out if it works for you.

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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:00 pm

Chrome is hard. Extremely hard. So hard that they use it to line the barrels of rifles, to prevent barrel wear.

If a Scotchbrite sponge is scratching or dulling your chrome, then it's not actually chrome. Scotchbrite sponges are perfectly safe for cleaning chrome-plated parts. If you have pitting and/or rust on the chrome, a balled-up piece of aluminum foil works very well to clean it up (aluminum is far softer than chrome).

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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby OldZX11Rider » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:42 am

I use aluminum foil, after reading about it on here. Was surprised how well it worked.
Also, when my brother got out of the air force, back in the 80's, his first choice for polishing any metal was NevrDull.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby Happytrails » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:15 am

Have seen neverdull at wallyworld but haven't tried it yet. Was using something call Noxon 7. It was a general household cleaning product for metals. Worked pretty good. Using Mothers chrome and aluminum polish now. Its pretty good too.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:34 am

The original poster started out saying he was polishing his saddlebag chrome. Well, this ' Wing I've bought has got that "peel and stick" chrome stuck on over the saddlebag and boot lights.
One piece had come completely off but at least he had saved it. A couple other pieces are coming loose.
Any suggestions on what type of adhesive to use to stick it back on?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby Bigbiker0 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:06 am

Use 3M adhesive strip for car molding.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:20 am

Okay. The previous owner had glued it back on at least once. It took a while, using goo gone, to get the tail light lens all cleaned up again.
I'd rather not have any chrome on there, than have what I've got. Some of it has gotten rusty, which I cleaned up with a ball of aluminum foil, and in other placces it's been glued back on and the glue has pushed out.
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Re: Polishing chromes

Postby raven41951 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:30 pm

We used aluminum foil with the old coke syrup. The formula from the 50's was great but today's stuff doesn't work anywhere near as well.

I have been using noxon but will try the never dull.




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