Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 71 Bonneville
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Duluth, GA USA
As Snakeoil pointed out, chemicals have to be taken seriously. Since the overriding message of my post was "don't do this", I did not discuss the precautions that should be taken. Although I did not mention it, I used chemical gloves and safety glasses for all this. Thanks, Snakeoil!
I knew the acetone would not work, since I have used acetone to clean overspray off chrome trim numerous times. I had my doubts about oven cleaner - after all, aren't oven racks chrome plated?
Thanks for the advice on heating the footpegs and pressing the stud out. It's pretty tough to get a good grip in the vise, with the shape of the peg. We'll see if the heat works. If not, then I can resort to the drill press.
So bottom line on painting chrome pieces: sand it or hit it with a wire brush. If some flakes come off, great. If the flakes hold on through the wire brush, they are a firm foundation. Prime. Paint. Assemble. Ride.