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Chrome polish?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JOECOOL, Sep 19, 2007.

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,757


    I got some old valve covers and an air cleaner that need some attention. Anyone got a formula for some good home brewed or store bought polish? Thanks,
  2. rustrustler
    Joined: Mar 18, 2005
    Posts: 281


    I don't have any particular polish as a favorite, however I do like to use 0000 steel wool as an applicator. good luck, Mike.
  3. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,026


    Used Brasso w/some success. It isn't abrasive BTW.
  4. Sixcarb
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 1,503

    from North NJ

    I like Simichrome works great on aluminum as well.

  5. JDHolmes
    Joined: Nov 25, 2006
    Posts: 918

    from Spring TX

    I like simichrome and I've asked this question previously, Muther's was the most popular then.
  6. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    from Wis.

    Try a product called No.7 Chrome & Metal Polish it used to be made by Dupount but now dist. by Cyclo Industries pretty good stuff not as good as the orginal formula but better than most out there .
    my .02
  7. I use the polish I bought from our very own "polisher" and liked it a lot. He has one formulation for heat that works well.

    Steve's an alliance vendor, also offers a HAMB discount, an online "how to" booklet, and great service!
  8. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,674


    Polisher hasn't posted in about five months.

    Wonder if everything is OK?

  9. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,661

    Larry T

    I like the old DuPont Heavy Duty Chrome Polish (looks and works amazingly like the bottle and polish that TurtleWax sells now). It'll take light rust off and not scratch the chrome.
    I think Semi Chrome is great fot aluminum, but seems to dull chrome a little.
  10. mojo273
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 394

    Member Emeritus

    I was just thinking the same thing....
  11. Yeah, he usually chimes in on these posts to set everyone straight.
  12. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,729


    Use to use Mothers but now I use all Adams products.
  13. I sometimes use the Mothers Mag Wheel Cleaner/Polish in the small jar.
    Not the best for everything, but it will do some pretty good cleaning. May take several applications.....acts kind of like brasso, you get a rag full of black each time, but the item keeps getting more shiny. Have found that you can take a dull grey metal item, and with enough applications of Mothers, that thing will look just like chrome. For example, I did the hood latch, those metal clamps attached to the firewall where lines and wires
    come thru, and the piece that holds the coil...the loop around it. The spark plug wire loom below the coil is covered by chrome tape. Link to view.

  14. raceratrod
    Joined: Feb 1, 2007
    Posts: 236


    Back in the 60's and 70's we used Lacquer thinner and rubbing compound on a soft rag .The thinner helped the compound to cut the heavy grime. Then finish with a clean cloth.
  15. 38pickup
    Joined: Aug 11, 2004
    Posts: 1,109


    I have used wizzards, with some good results.
  16. Brasso or Blue Magic. Either works great. I think brasso leaves som protection afterward as well.
  17. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    Polisher would tell you something like; anything harsher than distilled water will remove some of the very thin chrome layer (mere microns) and don't use anything called "polish" because they are all "liquid sandpaper" and speed up the destruction of your chrome.
  18. ChevyGirlRox
    Joined: May 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,490

    from Ohio

    The stuff in the tub that is bright blue. May be called Blue Magic as mentioned above. Stinks to high heaven but brought back the shine on the 50s vintage headlights on the '32.
    I really like to polish chrome, send them over! : )
  19. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    Mothers or Blue Magic for me, Meguiers stuff is good too.
  20. Stinks like vinegar cut with skiunk piss. If that is the aroma, you are describing Blue magic.
  21. Deuce Rails
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,016

    Deuce Rails

    All that stuff is crap. Polisher's is the real deal.

    In his booklet, he explains that you need polish that's targeted to whatever material you intend to polish. What works best on aluminum won't work best on chrome, and vice-versa. Or stainless, or brass, or copper, nickle, or whatever.

    Some of the more agressive polishes contain ammonia and anhydrous solvents that are not good for your shiney stuff over the long haul.

    Buy your polish from like Ken said.
  22. If the condition is such that you are tempted to use 0000 steel wool, don't. A better choice would be bronze wool, available at boat supply houses.
  23. NEVR DUL

    AVAILABLE AT GROCERY STORES AND SOME AUTOPART STORES. Learned about it in the AIr Force, military issue.
  24. Aman
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,522

    from Texas

    I was doing this last night using Never Dull.
  25. Sutton Speed
    Joined: Jul 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,094

    Sutton Speed



    I work for Meguiars, haha.

    It really is great stuff though.

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