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 Post subject: Polishing chrome wheels
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:50 am 
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Hi guys, sorry for the potentially daft question. I'm currently cleaning up some wheels that I think are chrome, I'm using autosol and they're coming up nicely, I'm assuming I need to be careful on the braking surface area of the rim though? Presumably if that gets too smooth it is going to negatively impact on the braking performance? Is there anything specific I should be doing or using on this bit of the rim?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:02 am 
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Polish away :). As long as the surface is clean and not oily then that's chrome for you. Braking performance in the wet is appalling in the wet for any type of chrome rim, maybe look for correct brake blocks?


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:20 pm 
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I disagree. I wouldn't go near the braking surface with any kind of chemical polish, best to leave alone (or just clean and degrease).

If you absolutely must then some clean wire wool will bring them up, but I would leave alone. The brake pads will do the job for you anyway as soon as you ride it.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:04 pm 
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Shiny is how they left the factory :).


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Shiny is how they left the factory :).


Shiny is fine, but polish and brakes is a no no IMO.

OTOH, what do I care? Grease up the pads while you're at it. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:05 pm 
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In fact back in the 50 /60s a little oil on the chrome rims improved the braking, depending on the type of brake blocks.

Keith


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:13 pm 
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I clean mine with MAAS metal polish. By far the best on the market, but I do wipe the braking surface with white spirit.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:15 pm 
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My post did say to clean the rims :) I'm sure there is no silicone /wax in Autosol?


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:39 pm 
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would the old tin foil trick work on them?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Tin foil is way better than solvol


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