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Chrome - Rust Removal, Polish, and Waxing

Old 07-19-20, 09:06 PM
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Chrome - Rust Removal, Polish, and Waxing

Hello Friends,

I have recently begun restoring a 90s chrome GT, and had started to clean the chrome. I had never removed rust from chrome or polished/waxed before.

My first attempt was on the seat post. I used Bar Keepers Friend with fine Bronze Wool. This seemed to remove most of the rust, but a little remained in some pretty tough areas. I then went over and used Turtle Polish to polish the seat post. After, I used Turtle Wax to finish the job and protect in the future.

After all my effort however, I still find thereís small rust areas in some of the tough spots and some deeper scratches. After seeing all the amazing work on this forum, I was a tad disappointed in myself! However it was only my first time, and I am sure I could of spent more time with the Bronze wool and Bar Keepers Friend.

Do you all have any good tips and tricks for making chrome POP again? Maybe stating with a rougher wool and finding my way down to a fine wool? Maybe different products would work better? Maybe I am just lazy and didnít spend enough caring time on this run? Any tips are appreciated!

Hereís my first attempt ever and maybe some comical material for the experts!

Not that bad (For a first timer!)

Deeper Scratches

Small pits of rust remain. I need to remove the sticker and go at this spot again.

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Old 07-22-20, 01:07 AM
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Its going to be temporary abatement, not removal , because the chrome is a thin plating on steel and the scratches went thru the plating..

"Rust Never Sleeps" Neil Young..
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Its going to be temporary abatement, not removal , because the chrome is a thin plating on steel and the scratches went thru the plating..

"Rust Never Sleeps" Neil Young..
Fortunately I live in the desert. Rust is not fond of our climate here! Not much upkeep needed fortunately, but always some required. Itíll give me something to do anyways
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After you remove it, wax it.
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