Restoring Motorcycle Chrome
How to Restore Chrome back to a Show Like Shine
By: Martin Webb, Ashford Chroming
Getting your bike's chrome parts as shiny as possible
Chromium is a hard blue white metal, has a brilliant luster used as a plating on other metals. Chrome mudguards, tank trim, motorcycle handlebars and grabrails, bicycles, boats riggings, bath and tap ware as well as tons of kitchen appliances are all examples of chrome plating.
The chrome is a thick layer protecting a much thicker layer of Nickel, which makes Chrome appear Silver. Indeed it's not always easy to tell chrome plating from other finishes if the items are not side by side. When a decorative chrome electroplated finish sits right next to another bright finish, however, the other finish usually won't compare very favorably :-)
Your motorcycle's chrome can be restored to a beautiful lustre and shine. Here's some what to's and what not to's to help you make your chrome shine like the professionals.
Clean your chrome first
Don't scour your chrome
Make surface rust spots disappear in seconds!
If your chrome has surface rust marks try using kitchen foil dampened with Coca Cola, the rust will disappear before your eyes! If your part has too much rust or the rust has eaten into the chrome and even the metal below you will need to take it to a reputable chrome plating shop.
Remove grease and grime in seconds
How to remove swirl marks
Baby Oil can give your Chrome a Show Glow!
Fabric softener sheets will also work wonders on chrome
Use a professional Chrome Polish and Restorer
Getting your chrome restored by a professional chrome plating shop
They can repair, restore, chrome and polish all sorts of bike parts.
Article by and © Martin Webb, Ashford Chroming