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hi all

using my bike in all weather, 500 miles a week and the headers are on the turn from shiney chrome to some rusty spots.

any advise on the best way to clean them up - was going to use super fine steel wool and brasso but was thinking i might take the chrome plating off.

then thought about autosol but its not really abrasive enough to get the rust off.

also oxalic acid I could use, but it has to stay on for a while which is difficult to achieve on a smooth horizontal surface.

dont want to leave it to get bad so would rather nip it in the bud.

any of you guys have cunning methods you can share?


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I'm assuming by saying Chrome you mean stainless steel?

If you are saying stainless steel then I have used auto sol, however to be fair my bikes are used all weathers so i don't really bother.

What bike is it for?

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Chrome isn't stainless steel. It's mild steel plated with chrome. Try using a sheet of aluminium foil and a non abrasive cleaner. On stainless, I use solvol Autosol which is abrasive, but a very good polish.

Whether your chrome rots from the inside or outside, eventually you should replace it with stainless steel. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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