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Old 07-13-13, 04:32 AM
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How to care for a chrome frame?

I have a full-chrome Coppi frame from the mid '90s and prior to my current assembly, it had been unused, never fitted with any parts.

I gave the frame a once-over with Nevr dull, and cleaned some small corrosion marks that had appeared while in storage all those years.

The question is, how do you keep up a chrome frame? Should I wax it or just keep it as it is, and clean/polish whenever needed?
There is no clear coat over the chrome finish, so even the frame stickers are 100% exposed.

This is going to be strictly a fair-weather ride, what would you do to preserve the chrome finish?
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Old 07-13-13, 04:57 AM
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Old 07-13-13, 06:04 AM
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I have owned a few bikes with all chrome plated frame sets...



Generally, I clean the chrome as best I can, then protect it with a coat of good quality wax. I keep the bike clean and dry. Seems to work well for me...
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Old 07-13-13, 06:22 AM
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Yep, keep it indoors if possible, and no riding in the rain. Pretty much the only care they need IMHO.,,,,BD
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Wax it.
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I'm not sure there's much to do other than keep it inside and clean it occasionally. The chrome plating itself is great protection if it was properly done to begin with. I'm the second owner of my '72 chrome Paramount, and neither I nor the previous owner have done anything special in caring for it. It's over forty years old and still looks new; there's zero pitting or rust anywhere.
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"Designed to work exceptionally well on all chrome, Mothers® Chrome Polish will give you the crisp sparkle you want. Better yet, this polish protects your chrome with advanced polymers, resisting smudges and fingerprints. Use our Chrome Polish on your wheels, bumpers, mirrors, headlight bezels and chrome accessories. It’s safe to use on black chrome and works great on glass. If you want your chrome to gleam with the brightest, this is it."*

*Taken from their web site. I have used this product for years now and have found none better.
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"Designed to work exceptionally well on all chrome, Mothers® Chrome Polish will give you the crisp sparkle you want..."
I haven't used it on any bikes, but the stuff sure makes my chrome snare drums look great.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
I'm not sure there's much to do other than keep it inside and clean it occasionally. The chrome plating itself is great protection if it was properly done to begin with. I'm the second owner of my '72 chrome Paramount, and neither I nor the previous owner have done anything special in caring for it. It's over forty years old and still looks new; there's zero pitting or rust anywhere.
While the Japanese built great bikes IMHO, all the chrome I have had from Japan was very lightly applied, and all had various degrees of rust (from minor to badly pitted). Meanwhile, adjacent painted sections were fine. I use Turtle Wax on mine.

I had similar experience with french and italian chrome as well.




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