Gathering some parts together to get rechromed and can't make up my mind if I want to redo the console. Have heard that once you get it rechromed you'll never get the brushed chrome effect back. Not going to be a show car so I'm thinking a few pits in the gunnel isn't that bad compared to loosing the brushed effect. Have heard of guys painting the top but not going there. Anyone know if you can get the brushed chrome when rechroming or would you just leave as is? Thanks Jim
Would that work (pot scrubber) on a rechromed one Carl or do you think the rechromeing wouldn't give it the right effect? Kind of a catch 22, lose 1 effect to gain another?
The pitting is what is bugging you correct? I have had some success getting rid of rust pitting on chrome by rubbing the piece with balled up aluminum foil. I can expand of this method in detail if you want me to.
GaWajn wrote:The pitting is what is bugging you correct? I have had some success getting rid of rust pitting on chrome by rubbing the piece with balled up aluminum foil. I can expand of this method in detail if you want me to.
Please do. Thanks
Here you see a steering bar from an early 70's Ski Doo. The chrome plating has some moderate to heavy pitting on it.
I take some household aluminum foil ...
Ball it up, and start rubbing it on the chrome surface ...
After about 10 minutes total ... you can see the result.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to try this on an area of the part that will not be too visible because if the chrome is not hard or thick enough, you might just end up with a scratched part.
This method will remove the rust associated with the pitting, but it will not remove the pitts. The rust will reappear if exposed to moisture. I know of some people who have clear coated the chrome with OK results.
This will never replace rechroming, but in a pinch, is a low cost option.
Stephen, thanks for sharing that amazing tip.
1957 Pontiac Pathfinder Deluxe sedan restored 261 six
1974 Chevrolet Caprice Estate wagon low milage original 400 V-8
Thanks for the tip !
WoW what a difference! Thanks for the tip! I'll give a spot a try.