How To Polish Chrome with a Tiny Budget

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In this post Captain Pedantic helps you, Cafe Racers, with how to polisg chrome with a tiny budget.

We all hate rusty or dull chrome. However, this is a very common issue when it comes to older bikes (mostly the basis for a Cafe Racer)
If you ignore it, you can end up with a parts that can be thrown into the trash bin, which is a waste of money and the part.

So, how do you solve this problem? With something you didn’t expect!

You will need

  • “Cola” – I used Wal-Mart diet cola. I’d heard that diet is less sticky. 54 cents for 2L.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Warm water
  • Paper towels
  • Some not-so-nice chrome parts
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Pour the Diet Coke on your rusty chrome (is there any better use for this stuff, lacking Mentos?) Crumple up some foil and use it to scrub the nasty rust away.

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Rinse with warm water and wipe dry.

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I was really blown away. In some of the pictures the flash makes it look more scratchy than it really is.
I don’t think I’d use this on a top dollar bike, but I hope a top dollar bike would have better chrome (and better care).

 

 

 

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