Polishing chrome with steel wool 0000
Chrome looks terrible once it gets old and rusty. Rust, stubborn stains from water droplets or even streaks from melted rubber from motorbike boots are inevitable after a while. But there is a fairly simple solution for restoring chrome to its original shine in one easy step.
When I tell you that you can polish chrome with steel wool, I hear you think "doesn't that scratch?".
With old chrome, one often sees rusty parts and the first thought is therefore often to consider the chrome part as lost or to have it re-chromed. Take the bumper in the video below from 1953 as an example. It has been in a barn for 40 years. As you can see in the video, it is not looking so good anymore.
The thickness of the chrome layer on old chrome parts like this is surprisingly thick and therefore very suitable for polishing with steel wool.
How do I polish chrome with steel wool?
Always use the extra-fine steel wool 0000 for this job. This is the finest steel wool available. The coarse types are not suitable. You will be amazed at what the steel wool does. Give it a little time, a little patience and a lot of polish.
Step 1: Cleaning the chrome
First of all, make sure that dirt and grease are removed from the chrome by cleaning it with soap and water. Then let it dry well.
Step 2: Remove the rust with steel wool
Cut a piece of steel wool 0000 and fold it in half. Apply considerable pressure! Simply rubbing is not enough. Patience is a virtue in this respect, don't expect a panacea but let the steel wool do the work.
Step 3: Protect the chrome to prevent rusting
If necessary, use a chrome polish, such as Autosol Metal Polish with built-in sealant, to protect the chrome. A good wax can also be used. Remember that synthetic polymer car waxes last longer than carnauba waxes. The wax fills the cracks and pores present in the chrome to keep moisture out and to slow down rusting.
Step 4: Enjoy the shine
After all that work, it is time to enjoy the renewed shine of the chrome.
So, steel wool. Many people say that it scratches but steel wool 0000 really does not scratch.