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    Chrome polishing

    I am in the process of restoring chrome exhaust to (hopefully) its original mirror finish. Already done with the wet and dry work, the three components now have a nice satin finish. The rest of the chrome bits on the bike are all mirror finish though so I would like to get the exhaust back to the same level of shine.

    Does anyone in town do this kinda stuff or has a buffing machine to let me do it myself, for a fee of course? A free standing grinder/buffer would be ideal, handheld is not practical. NoR would be ideal but I am happy to go anywhere really if it's necessary.

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    Chrome shouldn't be sandpaper or any harsh abrasives used..
    Buffing will help a little but it will now pretty much always have a satin like finish, until its either painter re chromed or re coated.....
    In future use a little bit of aluminium foil rolled up into a ball and wd40 to remove corrosion and marks, followed by a wipe over and buff with the chrome polish soaked cotton wading is the best...

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    Hmm, strange, must have been imagining restoring mirror finish before... All it takes is proper polishing wax, high speed buffing wheel and some patience as long as the chrome layer hasn't been sanded off.

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    alloy and stainless steal will polish up...chrome will to some extent but once scratched its scratched for life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wozza View Post
    alloy and stainless steal will polish up...chrome will to some extent but once scratched its scratched for life
    True that, I was once told you don't polish Chrome you clean it.
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    You need to get some heat into the 'chrome' to polish with success..elbow grease is the go..

    I use cheescloth rags with one wrap to get into the tight spots and create the tension reqd. in the rag to generate some heat.( wrap pull back and forth-clamp pipes - use both hands on rag ends.)

    . t'shirt is good too. add what wozzaniak said..;-)

    Polish /Paste is ok I use purple stuff..get it at Skipperz or any automotive outlet...
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    Chat to RRossi from clean ride. He might be able to give you some pointers and will definitely have the right products to use...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephan View Post
    Chat to RRossi from clean ride. He might be able to give you some pointers and will definitely have the right products to use...
    Why didn't I think of that Thank you!

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