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Old 08-31-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm putting a passenger side mirror on my 67, and the contrast between the reproduction and original driver side is shocking, even after cleaning it up a bit. So, how do you guys clean up your chrome?

Eventually it will need to either be replated or replaced, I can't tell if it's pitted or oversprayed. I'm posting up a side by side of the cleaned up original and the new one - I bet you can tell which is which. Click image for larger version

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In the meantime, what's a good course of action to make it look decent?
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:45 PM   #2
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Please don't tell me the duller one is the new one!?!? I use something called brasso, it's a metal polishing product my mom uses on her cutlery! Lol. I cleaned up my exhaust tips last year, cleaned and polished the hell out of them.


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Good call, I used brasso back in the day to polish brass for my mom.

And yeah, the dull one is the old one.
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Haha...it's still pretty clean. I like brasso very much, not too expensive either.


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Hi guys, I'm putting a passenger side mirror on my 67, and the contrast between the reproduction and original driver side is shocking, even after cleaning it up a bit. So, how do you guys clean up your chrome?

Eventually it will need to either be replated or replaced, I can't tell if it's pitted or oversprayed. I'm posting up a side by side of the cleaned up original and the new one - I bet you can tell which is which. Attachment 164866

In the meantime, what's a good course of action to make it look decent?
Jewelers Ruge they make different grades to polish metal I plan on using it on mine. It comes in a 1/2 inch round stick you can find at lowes put it on a buffing wheel and let it do the work. Next trick is keeping it shiny not sure of that trick yet
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I've used my dremel tool for polishing anything from my wedding ring to my hunting rifles and even polishing my 40S&W! The dremel is worth every penny. I've grinned and sanded, polished so many parts on my car....they sell a polishing kit for it with all the buffing accessories you need.


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I've used my dremel tool for polishing anything from my wedding ring to my hunting rifles and even polishing my 40S&W! The dremel is worth every penny. I've grinned and sanded, polished so many parts on my car....they sell a polishing kit for it with all the buffing accessories you need.


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I LOVE my Dremel! I've gone through a few over the years. I even had the cordless one at one point - it actually kinda sucked, but having a corded one is very handy!

And I did t even think of using the polishing attachment on it. What you see is just my effort by hand without any tools or products. Much better than it was, but not close to the new one.
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This is the stuff I am talking about. Works great

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Thanks for the responses guy. So I took some brasso to it to get the tarnish and residual crap off. I found a set of various polishing compounds at lowes.
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Using my dremel with the buffing wheel, I started with the most aggressive, then went to a medium, then a light polish. Probably overkill - there is a ton of pitting and deep scratches that no amount of polishing will remove. The phrase "polishing a turd" came to mind more than once.

Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the results. Obviously it will never be as good as the new one, but at least from a distance one doesn't stand out as old and crappy while the other look bright and new.

Here are the results. The up close shows the condition it's in, but from farther back, it's not as noticeable. But fixing chrome is almost at the end of my to-do list

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One more that shows it better...Click image for larger version

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Thanks for the responses guy. So I took some brasso to it to get the tarnish and residual crap off. I found a set of various polishing compounds at lowes.
Attachment 165163

Using my dremel with the buffing wheel, I started with the most aggressive, then went to a medium, then a light polish. Probably overkill - there is a ton of pitting and deep scratches that no amount of polishing will remove. The phrase "polishing a turd" came to mind more than once.

Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the results. Obviously it will never be as good as the new one, but at least from a distance one doesn't stand out as old and crappy while the other look bright and new.

Here are the results. The up close shows the condition it's in, but from farther back, it's not as noticeable. But fixing chrome is almost at the end of my to-do list

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There you go. That is the stuff I was talking about it works great doesn't? I use the stuff on a grinder with a buffing wheel you just have to make ure you don't overheat it.
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There you go. That is the stuff I was talking about it works great doesn't? I use the stuff on a grinder with a buffing wheel you just have to make ure you don't overheat it.

Worked like a charm, thanks for the suggestion! I kept the dremel at the lowest setting, and it seemed to stay pretty cool - my biggest problem was getting too much on the wheel.

Eventually I will get a buffing wheel for my bench grinder when I have a larger part to polish. Or if I felt like killing time, I could go around my car with the dremel like a crazy person
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Lol. Don't u feel like using that thing on everything??


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