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ember1205
06-17-2014, 05:38 PM
I picked this tip up on another forum and couldn't believe how well it worked. I took a couple of pictures and a short video, and thought I would share it here.

If you have chrome that looks like this:


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And you want it to look like this:

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You will need to acquire two very special tools. Aluminum foil and water. Yep. That's right. Crumple the aluminum foil up, and wet a paper towel or rag with water. Wipe the chrome with the towel/rag to clean off dirt and leave some moisture behind. "Polish" the chrome with the crumpled up aluminum foil then wipe it again with the wet towel.

Here's a short video of the process in action.

http://s1375.photobucket.com/user/ember1205/media/Motorcycles/Goldwing/IMG_0001_zps784b0837.mp4.html

crazyirish101
06-17-2014, 06:58 PM
works even better with coke-a-cola!

ember1205
06-17-2014, 06:59 PM
I have to be honest... This was pretty flawless, so I don't see the need for anything other than water.

ilikenapalm
06-17-2014, 09:03 PM
That's pretty awesome... I'm gonna give that a try. Thanks for posting.

ember1205
06-17-2014, 09:20 PM
Hope it helps people out to see it for real. I couldn't believe that, in five minutes time with ZERO expense, I was able to revive the two rusty chrome exhausts on the Goldwing to look excellent!!!

I am seriously considering tearing all of the chrome off this winter to polish ALL of it.

ct1200
06-18-2014, 07:33 AM
Oh yeah thats right, your model year actually had good hard chrome, not the plasti-chrome.
Nice job dude!!!
Chrome is a labor of love, when done right it looks pretty damn good, imho...
I know some hate it with a passion, but its the old gear head in me.

ember1205
06-18-2014, 07:35 AM
Oh yeah thats right, your model year actually had good hard chrome, not the plasti-chrome.
Nice job dude!!!
Chrome is a labor of love, when done right it looks pretty damn good, imho...
I know some hate it with a passion, but its the old gear head in me.

I hate that plastic crap. And it doesn't matter if it's "chrome" or "wood grain". Plastic is plastic and it's just not the same.

ct1200
06-18-2014, 07:40 AM
Oh no I hear yeah, I used to give the ex's dad crap all the time.
He would :drool: when he got a parts catalog and it had a new trim ring for something.
To each their own.

Kane
06-18-2014, 08:04 AM
SOS pads have been my goto rust remover on chrome for 25 years now.

The Snowman
06-18-2014, 08:12 AM
The trash can has been my go-to place for chrome.

If it don't go, chrome it.

ember1205
06-18-2014, 08:23 AM
SOS pads have been my goto rust remover on chrome for 25 years now.

How does the chrome hold up to the steel wool? I was surprised that there really are no discernible scratches or marks from the aluminum foil.

Kane
06-18-2014, 08:46 AM
Steel wool and aluminum are far softer than Chrome so it holds up just fine. I have never seen scratches from it.

ct1200
06-18-2014, 09:00 AM
I always use the finest steel wool I can find.
They make some pretty ruff stuff, I'd stay away from it.

ember1205
06-18-2014, 09:07 AM
Good to know. I have some triple ought, and maybe even some 0000 too. I would suspect that, overall, it would work better than having to keep "re crumpling" the aluminum foil.

rbrais
06-18-2014, 01:16 PM
Wow! That's cool. Thanks!

SteveG
06-18-2014, 04:02 PM
Very fine steel wool worked great for getting the rust spots off the mufflers on my Concours.
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