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Old 05-17-2012, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Header cleaning (polish)

does any one know of something to get the finish ( chrome i believe ) on the stock header pipe back up to snuff ??
its burned and crusty looking
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I saw some suggestions on the Twins forum.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This stuff works very well, and somehow you feel good after...
http://www.autogeek.net/blujob.html
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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THAT Blue job stuff looks good , gonna' try it
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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damn still looks great
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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damn still looks great

LOL, I got me one of those Mothers cone polishers that goes on your drill... Anything you want shiny takes about 2 minutes! Now my car, on the other hand, gets washed about once a year... More often when it rains.
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Triple or even quadruple fine steel wool works really well. After a rinse off, or going through rain, let it dry and just rub it slightly with the steel wool. Wont scratch chrome and makes it really shiny. Works awesome for headlights, forks, anything not painted.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Steel wool most certainly will scratch chromed and polished surfaces! It can be great to restore something that's gone way off to acceptable condition, but it's also a good way to get something new to acceptable condition. Same goes for Bar Keepers Friend.

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Steel wool most certainly will scratch chromed and polished surfaces! It can be great to restore something that's gone way off to acceptable condition, but it's also a good way to get something new to acceptable condition. Same goes for Bar Keepers Friend.

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Thanks Kit! Great way to put it because some people don't understand that steel wool, scouring powder, scotchbrite, etc. are abrasives. There's no chemical reaction with them to take the oxidation off. Having worked in a buddy's chrome shop I have seen people "steel wool" the microscopic layer of chrome off of a part leaving patches of bare nickle showing through!!! They wonder why part of there part has a faint gold tint instead of the faint chrome blue tint!!! I have heard of people using aluminum foil also to polish their chrome. Again its just job security for the chrome platers!!!
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