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    Best Chrome Polishing Method & How to Keep Whitewalls White!

    I'd like some advice about the best method for polishing vintage chrome. The shiny stuff on the outside of my '51 Champion looks great, but the interior chrome is hazy. What's the best method to spiff it up?

    And how should I keep whitewalls white on new (Coker) tires? What do you recommend?

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    Try using regular old toothpaste on that interior chrome to shine it up. It has a little bit if very fine polishing compound and then you can put a good chrome polish on to protect it.
    I use a product "Bleech-White" on my whitewalls. I get it at the local auto parts stores. White wall tire cleaner is getting harder to find, as are white wall tires.
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    Purple Power works great on whitewalls.

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    Purple Power works great on whitewalls.
    Wear rubber gloves when you use it. That stuff will take your skin off.
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    Be very carful with Bleech-White ww cleaner, it will 'stain/mark' paint on hub caps, ie. Avanti.

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    409 will work on whitewalls.

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    I have good luck with Mister Clean soft scrub pads or Scotch Brite and dish washing soap. On older tires not Diamondback used Comet cleanser.

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    Never Dull will restore your chrome to original luster without the use of abrasives. Leaves no residue to "pick out" of channels. Harmless to plastics. Polishes, removes haze and leaves a protective sealer behind. Works extremely well. Highly recommended.

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    Stop using Comet Cleanser or any Cleanser for that matter on anything, you don't need it and it's not good in any waste water. Simply make a paste out of baking soda and water and use that to scrub anything & follow that up with white vinegar. You'll be surprised at how clean that will get whatever your attacking, wheel stains, kitchen sink stains, you name it. Let the vinegar make it foam up and simply wash the residue away with water.
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    Bleche-Wite Tire Cleaner is marketed specifically to clean tires, especially white walls. It works well but, the way it works well is to be incredibly caustic, like Easy-Off oven cleaner. If it can eat the skin off your hands--which it can--it can't be good for the long term life of your expensive classic tires. Just use 409 or Simple Green with a nylon brush and a fine steel wool pad for the tough spots.

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    The tire companies recommend a mild abrasive, like sand paper, for white wall tires. All of those cleaning products eat/rot the rubber.
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    Brillo or SOS pads do a great job.

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    I've heard a number of people recommend Coca-Cola rubbed with aluminum foil. I've never tried it.

    What I have used is PB Blaster ( type of penetrating oil) on a soft rag. It works pretty well.

    That's on chrome plated parts, not tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.J. lavallee View Post
    Never Dull will restore your chrome to original luster without the use of abrasives. Leaves no residue to "pick out" of channels. Harmless to plastics. Polishes, removes haze and leaves a protective sealer behind. Works extremely well. Highly recommended.
    Best stuff available. If this stuff won't clean/shine your chrome, nothing will. cheers jimmijim
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    I use Shout stain remover to clean white walls and white lettered tires. Many years ago, I had bought a new Oldsmobile 442 and somehow got a grease mark on the light grey velour seat within the first couple of days. My Mom grabbed her bottle of Shout from the laundry room and proceeded to remove the grease. Afterwards you couldn't tell that it was ever there. From that point on, I kept a bottle in the garage and started using it on whitewalls and to clean my hands on occasion. When washing tires, I spray the whitewalls, wait a minute or two and then wash with the rest of the tire and wheel cover. It dissolves the dirt and cleans without scrubbing. It also is a mild cleaner and does not irritate your skin or damage your car.
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    I like to use a McGuires Clay Bar on everything from paint, chrome and glass. You would be amazed how clear the glass looks after doing this. I used the clay bar yesterday on some chrome as well as another product. I will get the details on this other product later today. In the picture the left is the clay bar and the right is after McGuires Cleaner Wax. The car was covered in green paint over spray 9347CD6C-810A-4801-8D62-A5673F07D793.jpg
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    “Brasso” chrome and stainless cleaner.
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    I have tried many different chrome products but always come back to Simichrome, especially for stainless. Of course, if you can remove the piece, a good polishing wheel and fine compound work best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63 R2 Hawk View Post
    I have tried many different chrome products but always come back to Simichrome, especially for stainless. Of course, if you can remove the piece, a good polishing wheel and fine compound work best.
    Semichrome comes in a tube as a paste. It is abrasive and leaves a white residual you'll have to remove. Use of an abrasive on antique interior chrome control knobs and switches and door handles is not advised. Again, Neverdull is the preferred product for polishing chrome. It's gentle enough for interior chrome and strong enough to remove blueing from Motorcycle chromed exhaust pipes. Nothing else compares. As the old saying goes:" It's a no brainer."

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