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Chrome Restoration?
« on: March 09, 2021, 09:22:23 am »
I am planning a nut and bolt restoration of a 2002 Harley Sportster that stood in a Durban basement for almost three years, it will be a long-term project which I'll need to save bucks for, I will strip the bike and send all the chrome bits in to be redone but for now I want to get her semi presentable, 70% of the chrome has this green oxidation, how do I get rid of it and restore the shine or is it too far gone?
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Re: Chrome Restoration
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2021, 09:27:12 am »
Try 000 steel wool with Q20. I had great results with it. You get it in woodworking shops.

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Re: Chrome Restoration
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2021, 09:27:36 am »
Leave the patina man!!
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Re: Chrome Restoration
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2021, 09:37:25 am »
I am in two minds about that Louis, one side says to restore her to new condition, the other says to leave it as kind of a rat bike that has earned its wrinkles. Some chop has taken sandpaper to some of the chrome bits to try get rid of the 'patina' but left severe scratches behind.
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2021, 09:41:13 am »
Ok ja nee, daai moet n blink stefaans wees!!
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2021, 09:43:11 am »
I am using a chrome and metal polish on the Beetle's old bumpers (Got it from a parts store) Motul, Wynns etc make it
Takes some elbow grease but so far it seems to be working
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2021, 09:46:40 am »
Thanks Mpandla, what are you applying it with, some sort of steelwool as mentioned above?
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2021, 09:47:46 am »
1000, 1500 then 2000 grit sandpaper
Then a cloth
Its got surface rust so had to get that off first. Was worried that steelwool would scratch it
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2021, 09:48:14 am »
The steel wool is so fine, it is more like a polish. You need to get the fine grade and not use your pot scorers. But looking at the Pic I would go the rat way at least for a while and join as many HOG breakfast runs as possible. Should be fun. That's what I had in mind with this one.

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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2021, 09:51:43 am »
The steel wool is so fine, it is more like a polish. You need to get the fine grade and not use your pot scorers. But looking at the Pic I would go the rat way at least for a while and join as many HOG breakfast runs as possible. Should be fun.

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Thats why I used the fine sandpaper. Could not get any other steel wool but the normal kitchen pot scorer harsh ones
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2021, 09:53:52 am »
I use this:

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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2021, 09:54:46 am »
Yeah that can work well.
Where do they sell those?
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2021, 09:56:29 am »
Bought it in a tool shop here in Cape Town. BPM Tool Craft in Plumstead.

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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2021, 09:58:34 am »
Our town is a bit limited on fancy steel wool  :biggrin:

@Blikkies1 you can use the steel wool above, with a chrome polish as well.
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2021, 09:59:04 am »
You can also try some tinfoil and coke. Roll the tinfoil in a little ball with the shiny side to the outside, dip it in the coke or wet the surface with some coke and run/sand the chrome part with the wet tinfoil
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2021, 10:51:30 am »
Re-chrome, there's nothing more blink than that!  :P
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2021, 01:33:33 pm »
Please do a restoration thread? Or add detail to this thread as you go?

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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2021, 02:05:40 pm »
I tested Autosol with a fine wire brush over lunchtime,  works a treat! I thought the wheels were rough cast alloy but turns out they're chromed, this is going to keep me nice and busy.
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2021, 02:10:42 pm »
There is a tonne of this type of work ahead, should I invest in a Dremel with polishing heads?
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Re: Chrome Restoration?
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2021, 10:10:52 am »
How's that for a 'mirror finish'.
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