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Old 12-24-2010, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing rust on chrome

Hi all,

Rebuilding a '73 Tiger 750. I have spots of rust on chrome, for example on the "inside of the wheels" as well as under the fenders. the rust spots/speckles come off easy, but there are some more difficult spots. The rust is not very bad, and no where has it eaten through the metal. I've tried the Aluminum foil and coke - it worked ok, but not on real tough spots. Also steel wool with a metal polish, also decent results, but still there are some areas that its diffulct to remove. I was thinking of a soft wire brush to attach to a drill, but I know some of the chrome wil come off. Any input appreciated.
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Naval jelly may help. It has the same phosphoric acid the Coke does, but at the proper strength for rust removal. I usually use it with a Scotch-Brite pad or an old toothbrush.

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White vinegar...how do it know?

I don't know if this would work for you BUT
I have had good results soaking rusty parts in white vinegar
like the kind you buy at the market for cheap...
When I have SOAKED parts over night it BLASTS only the rust off
How do it know to get ONLY the rust...
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Birchwood Casey makes a chemical called "blue and rust remover" for firearms that you should be able to find at Walmart or your local gun store. I've used it to remove surface rust from guns before refinishing them. You might try that and follow up with a coat of oil or wax to seal the metal to prevent the rust from coming back.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks all. I read about the Naval Jally - but when I read the container it said not for use on chrome.... Wonder if its the same for the Blue and Rust remover...
I'll try the vinegar in the interim.
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I found this information.

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http://www.ehow.com/how_2147060_remo...st-chrome.html
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Happich Simichrome is the classical polish/preservative for chrome products. It dates back to the times when Turner's Twins were Kings.

I always keep a tube on the shelf.

Now as for removing rust from chrome .... if the simichrome doesn't get it, then that means the chrome plating has failed, which is the most likely scenario if rust is present anyway.

So a trip to the rechromer may be necessary for the diseased parts if you really want them to be right.
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Note that eHow also has an article titled "How to Remove Rust From Chrome Motorcycle Tires." Never trust anything you read on that site unless you can verify it elsewhere; it's kinda like going down to the laundromat and asking the weird dude who hangs out there how to do something.

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Aside from chemicals, or along with them, use superfine steel wool to polish the chrome. It will clean things up well and let you see if you have pitting, spiderwebbing, or flaking. It won't scratch the chrome.
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