Chrome trim

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scashin
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Chrome trim

Post by scashin » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 3:31 pm

Hi,

I want to polish the chrome trim on my w109.

This guru suggests "simichrome". http://youtu.be/Tvl5nHo_oOM?list=PLq_WN ... 3fMOlJU70e

I have seen a lot of others rate simichrome highly. Has anyone used it?

Do I use 0000 steel wool or stick with cloth like in the video?

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Re: Chrome trim

Post by T-Modell » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 6:41 pm

High "S" (class?) :whistle:

I don't know your standards and I don't know this product, but I use just this here: http://www.nevrdull.com/ ... maybe not for concourse, but it makes the chrome on my W111 shine ...

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Re: Chrome trim

Post by Giles » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 6:51 pm

I found that it's the cloth that you use in conjunction with the polish that makes the difference.

I've tried just about everything and the best results to date have been Autosol with pieces an old flannelette sheet.

Unless you lift the dirt off you're just putting it back on, the flannelette seems to absorb and lift more of the dirt. It still takes plenty of elbow grease but I've brought back milky pieces to looking new again.

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Re: Chrome trim

Post by scashin » Wed 27 Aug, 2014 1:27 pm

Thanks for the tips!

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Re: Chrome trim

Post by AMG » Thu 28 Aug, 2014 11:55 am

I use 2 different products. one for alloy one for chrome, although both work equally well it depends on the quality of the deteriorated surface.

Autosol- the paste is abrasive, so care needs to be taken. it also requires a decent amount of work if the dirty part has lots of scum on it. I use it on more heavily soiled alloy and sometimes on chrome where the water marks are becoming difficult to remove.

brite-shine - a cotton-wadding material used for lightly soiled surfaces. It's quite similar to brasso in that it has a fair bit of white spirits in it. Much less residue than brasso due to it already being impregnated wadding.

If the component is badly soiled I remove it and buff it out on the buffing wheels, with buffing compounds first. that takes quite a while. it also makes a huge mess. It also means you need to take your time and be very careful.
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Re: Chrome trim

Post by vanir » Thu 28 Aug, 2014 10:26 pm

I'm a panel shop detailer and it depends on what exactly you're cleaning off the chrome if you don't want to damage it. Chrome is electroplated onto another metal so it isn't like polished aluminium to work with for example. Like an alu bullbar you can sand with fine paper and buff with a metal polish to a high gloss clear finish. Chrome would just get scratched to crap doing this.
Tar spots take great care because you need a solvent to dissolve the tar but if it breaks away onto the cloth while you're rubbing it'll scratch hopelessly all around the area. If you scratch electroplating you're stuck with the scratches.
Rust spots on chrome come off nice with an ultra-fine grade steel wool. Some people prefer brass wool for cleaning chrome because steel dust that isn't completely removed can cause rust spots later.
Many small marks on chrome plating can be removed by a paint polish with some compound to it without threatening the chrome plate. Even fine grade paint polishing compounds and cutters won't really affect chrome plating, electroplating results in a very hard (but brittle) finish. Metal polish (like alu bull bar polish) tends to just plain scratch the crap out of chrome plating, careful what you use.
Personally I'd carefully, very carefully use solvents like metho and prepsol with flannels and extreme care, then ultra fine grade steel wool with plenty of blowing out and/or a wash, plus some paint polish to remove any marks. Once the chrome is clean and looking good, follow up cleaning I'd just use window cleaner and soft flannels.
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