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Old 11-16-2005, 05:27 PM
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reviving chrome

i just bought my 85 300D turbodiesel and the chrome looks good from afar but up close it looks all milky and the chrome pieces on the interior like by the adjuster for the driver mirror has some green on it.. how can i get these back to a nice shine. also my hood ornaments the benz logo and the one the hood assembly also need replacing. is that hard to do? plus i need a new grill and headlight coverings.
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Old 11-16-2005, 06:27 PM
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'Mythbusters', on the Discovery Channel addressed that issue.

The 'myth', was that Pepsi and aluminum foil were good for cleaning chrome.

They tried a whole slew of products...
and amazingly enough, the foil and soda was about the best!
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:18 PM
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hmmmmm ill have to give that a try aluminum foil and pepsi/coke.. excellent
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:44 PM
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it worked on the trim on the drivers window area.. now ive got the whole car to do... the chrome will look nice when im done. i was afraid of using the alum foil but it didnt do anything like scratch it
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:48 PM
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:11 AM
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Foil is an old biker trick - I just use water and change the foil out when it gets to smooth. Cola get's things a little sticky. I had an area on the SD rear bumper above the exhaust pipe (typical) that I really thought was needing re-chromed. Great how tin foil fixed that.
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:05 AM
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ACETONE

Used with a papertowel, or anydamn thing else.

That **** will make it bright as hell.

I just did mine the day before yesterday.
Try it, so you can verify for everyone else.
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Can someone elaborate on the foil thing? If I read correctly, is it sort of like using detail clay, only using aluminum foil? And is the water or cola used as the lubricant?
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Old 11-18-2005, 10:26 AM
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Can someone elaborate on the foil thing? If I read correctly, is it sort of like using detail clay, only using aluminum foil? And is the water or cola used as the lubricant?
Simple, pull off a 1' x 1' sheet of foil, run it under some water from the faucet, crumple into a loose ball -then back forth -back forth on the area you want to brighten. When the foil gets very smooth, get a new piece. The water is just a lubricant.
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Old 11-19-2005, 01:57 PM
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Aluminum is more abrasive than oxidized chrome, but less abrasive than solid chrome. Hence, like detail clay, it rubs off the oxidation, without damaging the chrome. And unlike steel wool and whatnot, which can also clean off the oxidation, it won't leave rusty particles in the tiny cracks and voids. Pretty good trick, I'd say.

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Old 11-19-2005, 03:30 PM
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i think im going to have to find an different way its not working that well on my chrome.. i belive brasso makes a chrome cleaner .. my dad said get a buffing wheel and chrome stuff but he was messing around
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Old 11-20-2005, 08:59 PM
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Can you take a close up photo of your chrome?

It may be too corroded to restore without replating?
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Old 11-21-2005, 12:49 PM
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here is what i took.. its the passenger door verticle trim . most of the chrome appears like this except the mirrors, grill assembly and the trim around the car the kind on the doors and quarter panels
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Old 11-21-2005, 01:27 PM
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this is the trim behind the passenger door..

also my wood trim on my glvoebox is coming up .. could i just hot glue gun it down?
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