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Old 05-10-12, 06:06 AM
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There are two basic types of all chrome plated frame set - all polished and partially polished. This old Torpado sports an all polished chrome plating...

...while this similar vintage Bottecchia sports partial polish...

You will not be able to properly shine up a partially polished chrome frame because the problem lies beneath the plating. Put another way, the parent metal was not cosmetically prepared before the chrome plating was applied.

And, for my money, the absolute best way to clean chrome, without chemical invasion, is to rub it with crumpled up aluminum foil.

If you send in some pictures of the frame set, we will be in a better position to help guide you.
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