Bubbled chrome


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Bubbled chrome

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On the right side of my 99 GL1500A a number of the chrome pieces have gotten damaged, I believe from the exhaust heat. The pic I have attached is one of the pieces where the chrome has bubbled. 2 questions. Is there a way to get rid of the bubbles in this piece, and what can I do with future pieces to keep them from being damaged from the heat? (heat insulating cloth or tape?)




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Re: Bubbled chrome

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Chrome can take a lot of heat until it starts to change colors. After all they chrome actual exhaust pipes. Bubbling from underneath is indicative of bad prep or chemical action. Apart from not riding it, there isn't much you can do. It's just a maintenance issue. Replace the part or have it stripped and re-chromed.
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Re: Bubbled chrome

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Rambozo wrote: Wed Jul 20, 2022 12:04 am Bubbling from underneath is indicative of bad prep or chemical action.
Interesting :!: I believe I read, some time ago, which company makes the best chromed components. Thanks!
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The piece looks plastic, if so it is typical to happen on plastic chrome., if metal then a bad prep like rambozo said
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Re: Bubbled chrome

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biguns wrote: Wed Jul 20, 2022 8:01 am The piece looks plastic
Yep, it is plastic, but to buy a new set (have to buy in sets) from Cyclemax the cost is $107+$13 shipping, and I'd like to avoid that if possible.

However, I did have some good luck experimenting with Duplicolor Metal Cast paint in red a couple of years ago. Maybe I'll see if I can find it in silver and do the same thing.




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