Cleaning and protecting your cars' chrome

Many of our old muscle cars have chrome bars on them and keeping them looking great is something we've become quite good at!

Cleaning pitted chrome

We recently had to give the ex Paul Fahey 1966 Shelby Trans Am Mustang a full detail when it went to its first ever race event. Casey took charge of all the polishing duties as they had lost their lustre as it had been 9 years since this car was restored, and after few years sitting in the workshop, (while we waited for the mechanics to get some spare time to finally get the ultra exotic Gurney Westlake engine running), the chrome had become quite dirty and pitted. So here are some quick tips and pointers when using this new polish on chrome surfaces. As you can see by the results it works a treat! 

A very fine polish

This photo shows the dirty, pitted chrome. You need to be quite careful in what you use to clean this up. Chrome is a plated material and if you use a harsh abrasive polish you will get scratch marks that can not be removed, unless you re-plate it. This is one reason why we reformulated with our new fine abrasive and cleaners, to get a great finish with chrome.

Important to note that in some extreme cases of pitting, the Metal Polish, or anything else for that matter, won't work. the only thing that can be done to bring up the finish is to re-plate the chromed surface.

 

Step 1

First step is to clean the dirt and other contaminants off with a good cleaner. Our Naked Glass or Clean Detail are perfect for this. Spray on and wipe down with a microfibre cloth to get a smear free finish.

Step 2

As you can see now, the dirt and marks are gone but the pitting remains. Now it's time to use the Metal Polish and gently clean the pitting off. Do not apply the polish aggressively as this will break down the abrasive and mark the chrome. A gentle circular motion will activate the cleaners and keep the abrasive qualities at bay.

Step 3

Less is best. Only use a small amount of polish at a time - a 20 cent sized piece on our microfibre metal polish cloth is perfect. This should be enough to do about half the bar pictured. Use too much polish and it doesn't work that well. After gently polishing the surface, buff it off with a clean microfibre cloth like our Dirty Deeds cloth, to get a brilliant shiny surface!

Step 4

All done. As you can see in the image, it's quite a big difference between the way it was earlier and after being cleaned. But this is not the end of the process! To keep this chrome from doing the same thing again, it's very important to maintain the finish, so do the following step. 

Protect it

Protect and enhance the chrome by waxing it or giving it a quick clean with our Fully Slick protective detailing spray. This will seal in that beautiful chrome shine and adds important protection to the surface, so the pitting cannot come back.  

From there, keep the chromed areas clean with either the Fully Slick or Naked Glass. Both these products will not smear when used correctly, and will leave you with a beautiful, reflective finish.

Any questions?

You can find the products we use here at numerous supporting retailers across Australia. The closest to you can be found in the link at the bottom of this web page. 

If you have any questions or feedback about this article, please contact me by email - dan@bowdensown.com.au or call our office on 1800 351 308

Love your car,

Dan Bowden


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