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How are you guys bringing old chrome back to life?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Crazy Legs, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. That is good. He looks to be up and running better than last time I looked!

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  2. While we are on this subject, what works best for removing water spots from polished aluminum?

    I buffed my valve covers, etc., on a buffing wheel and they looked great. As my engine gets splashed and the water cooks off with the heat, they look awful very quickly. San Diego water is hard with lots of minerals. Water spots are instant and hard to rub off with Mother's polish, etc.

    Is there a fast wipe down solution to keep polished aluminum bright and shiny?
  3. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,661

    Larry T

    I like SemiChrome for aluminum. And I bought some American Racing Wheel Polish at some GoodGuys or NSRA deal I went too one time. Stuff was amazing, but pricey.

    But aluminum polish is abrasive and will scratch chrome (like some other stuff mentioned here). If you use it enough it'll turn your chrome hazey. For chrome, I like Dupont Heavy Duty Chrome Polish. Same stuff as Turtle Wax Chrome Polish. Same stuff as...................
  4. I had a jet boat that was a big block chev with just about everything on it polished,,,, this is what I used and had tried most products out there. This is the best bar none
  5. brian55lvr
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 603

    from ma

    it is in production again! i used this stuff and it works real well---i dont work for this company and i dont sell it------
  6. 57countrysedan
    Joined: Oct 28, 2012
    Posts: 370

    from NY

    I used aluminum foil. Worked good! Obviously it didnt take out the pitting but it did look much better. Im sure if i spent more time on it it wouldve looked better.

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  7. 1arock
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 124


    I use aluminum foil and ketchup. The acid in the ketchup seems to make the wadded up foil into kind of a rust eraser.
  8. Crazy Legs
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Posts: 266

    Crazy Legs

    wow, lots of ideas to try lol
  9. Bull
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,286


    We make our metal polish in two forms. As an impregnated cotton that you just tear off a piece and go to town or a liquid polish that you apply with a cloth or with one of our Metal Buffs chocked up in your drill.



    You can typically find our stuff at your local jobber store or give us a call at the office at 800-356-7223 and we'll find a local dealer for you. If you do buy in our online store, use coupon code HAMB15 for 15% off.
  10. What about some of the hot dog to go with that? Maybe the oil of the hot dog can lubricate and replace the WD40 some people use with 0000 steel wool?

    j/k on a sunny afternoon.
    Best wishes from San Diego
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  11. Leevon
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 400

    from Nixa, MO

    Oxalic acid, which is an ingredient in wood bleach. You can also buy it in bulk on the internet. Mix with water and let it do the work.

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  12. agshelby
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 529


    Nevrdull has always worked great for me - It takes some time, but is not abrasive and really brings chrome back to life.
  13. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,203

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Naval jelly (phosphoric acid) will take care of it. As a kid, my Dad had me buffing the rust off the family sedan bumpers every Spring with tin foil and Coca Cola (acid).

    Even fine steel wool (including Brillo pads) will scratch chrome and polished stainless. Give it a scrub then look at the surface in sunlight and you'll see a slew of micro scratches, which overall has the effect of softening the sheen of the part. It ever so slightly "brush" finishes the part.
    A chrome plater or stainless trim resto guy would absolutely cringe to see parts being scrubbed with steel wool!
  14. Bull, you know I am a huge fan and cheerleader of ALL of the Wizards products! But, the QuickGlo RULES for really pitted chrome. As was said it came from the bike industry and I found it 20 years ago while restoring Stingrays.
  15. Bull
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,286


    I'll have to get some to test here in the lab.

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