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amr85 Andrew R
Manassas, VA, USA   USA
All,

Now that I can park my Spitfire in a garage, the overhead lighting does an excellent job of showing off the rough shape of all the chrome bits and pieces. Does anyone have any home remedies or tips for cleaning up these pieces? I'd rather not take them off and send them off to a professional if I'm not going to bother painting the rest of the car.

Thanks in advance.
-Andrew

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TheZster Steven Z
SAINT LOUIS, MO, USA   USA
1978 Triumph 1500 "BLK-BRY"
Good luck with that.... I've tried, I think, every compound known to modern man...... Makes them better? - possibly..... Makes them pristine....? hardly

Figure replating in your painting/cosmetic expenses..... (and good luck with that too)

Z

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TheFlash300 Dave Gutknecht
Rochester Hills, MI, USA   USA
1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Lil Spit"

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MoneyPitSpit Ron (Smokey) Wasmuth
Beautiful, Sparkling, Lakeland, FL, USA   USA
1974 Triumph Spitfire "Midnight Blue"
1995 Chevrolet Camaro "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
I have had fantastic luck with steel wool.

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tapkaJohnD John Davies
Lancaster, Lancashire, UK   GBR
There is a brush-on chrome paint - looks efective, no idea of durability, but it is VERY expensive!



John

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carChips Victor Harnish
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1933 MG Magnette
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Chip"
1989 GMC Sierra 1500 "Bush Truck"
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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, CT, USA   USA
I used No. 7 when I was in high school. I remember being pretty impressed with it, but it was a long time ago. They make a rubbing compound and a polishing compound. When I try to rejuvenate my chrome, this is the stuff that I'm going to use.

Cheers,
Chris



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Notti Eric N
San Dimas, CA, USA   USA
I've used aluminum foil with great success but the first pic in the topic is too much bubbled up pitting for anything to make it more than just shiny pitting. There also looks like someone burned through the top layer of chrome to the brass which isn't going to go away.

I'd still give it a good run through with foil, it's cheap, probably in a drawer in the kitchen so you don't have to shell out money for products that probably won't net any better results. And you can drink the leftover coke while working so what the heck.

In reply to # 1533510 by TheFlash300 Aluminum foil and Diet Cola
http://www.instructables.com/id/Chrome-Polishing%2C-Mythbusters-Style/

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Voda2000 Andrew McMillan
Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
It’s hard to tell if you have the large center piece on the rear bumper but if you do there may be a very nice thin bumper hiding under that.

Also, I’d second Auto Sol it’s pretty good stuff.



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amr85 Andrew R
Manassas, VA, USA   USA
Quote: the large center piece on the rear bumper

Not entirely sure I understand what you mean. This is a shot of the full rear bumper.


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Voda2000 Andrew McMillan
Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
Notice how the bumper is thinner on either side of the rubber parts? That center section is over top of a thin bumper like what was found on the earlier cars.

When I removed the center section on my car the chrome underneath was is good shape.

That said I don’t know what your local rules are about modifying a bumper.



1978 Triumph Spitfire

Mark Jones Avatar
Close to Sarnia, ON, Canada   CAN
1995 MG MGF "Barney"
1996 Land Rover Discovery
Autosol polish or a similar product is about the best you are going to do.





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lef2wander Gold Member James Thomas
Hatfield, MA, USA   USA
In reply to # 1533510 by TheFlash300 Aluminum foil and Diet Cola
http://www.instructables.com/id/Chrome-Polishing%2C-Mythbusters-Style/

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Notti Eric N
San Dimas, CA, USA   USA
After all of the suggestions, did those bumpers ever get polished? A follow-up photo would be helpful along with what was done to get results.

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amr85 Andrew R
Manassas, VA, USA   USA
Haven't gotten to polishing them yet. I'm gonna try the diet coke/aluminium foil trick first and see how they fare. Will be sure to post follow-up pics.

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