Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by rh100, 19 May 2010.
What's the best stuff to use to polish up chrome handlebars, seatpost and chainrings etc?
Depends on what stage they're at. If they're basically clean with only light surface corrosion showing, Autosol or any other automotive chrome polish will do the trick, as will Brasso or Duraglitz.
If you've got big rusty scabs, then some fine steel wool (don't use sandpaper) before the metal polish. If the chrome is really rusty, there is a mild rhubarb based acid (the name escapes me at the moment) which you can leave the parts in overnight and you will be amazed at how clean they come out.
Thanks, will give the wire wool and brasso method a go.
Coke and baking foil. Seriously.
What do you do with the baking foil? I can see why coke - but would rather drink it
Some days I seem to be on the wrong forum
Crunch a sheet of tinfoil into a ball, dip in coke and polish the chrome with it. It can be a pretty effective method as well.
+1 - dunno whyhow it works, but it really does!
Probably the acid in the coke.
Coke is actually an excellent cleaning solution for many things. It also makes excellent screenwash in your car to take traffic film off the windscreen.
I believe you can even drink it. Wonderful stuff.
Now you're just being silly
a bit of the topic but Mrs R had a load of silver bracelets that had tarnished badly,she cut up some stamp sized bits of silver foil added some baking soda and water and then dipped the silver items in,The smell it produced was awful (like stink bombs) the silver items came out looking like new.
we need kim and aggie
how clean is your bike
Fairy Liquid and stiff brush works well also. Just wash it off well afterwards as it contains salt.
Separate names with a comma.