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Old 28th August 2008, 12:34   #1
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Default Please help..Stains on Chrome on My Bullet

hi guys, i'd been noticing some spots on the chrome part on my bullet lately. it basically looks like stains, i tried cleaning up with thinner, petrol and even a toothbrush with detergent but to no use. also, some parts have been rusted as it was not in use.

so any inputs for chrome finishing and removing rust?
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Old 28th August 2008, 13:06   #2
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I remember using something called Brasso or something on my old bike years back - not sure of the name though. Mindya, I was lazy and the chromes eventually rusted - don't know if brasso hastened the process
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@Panky : Buy one of those rubbing compounds they sell on petrol bunks these days as part of a package containg shampoo, windshield cleaners etc. Use that small bottle of rubbing compound and rub it on the stains. They will vanish. I ahve been doing it for more than 2 years now and it works.
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I remember using something called Brasso or something on my old bike years back - not sure of the name though. Mindya, I was lazy and the chromes eventually rusted - don't know if brasso hastened the process
Brasso it is. I used it on my Bullet, and it did keep the chrome shining. People also recommend vinegar, although I have never used that.

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Vinegar is as effective as Brasso on chrome stains (personal experience).
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A water based rubbing compound is the way to go.
You can get a bottle from reputed manufacturers like 3M or even go for local brands.

From personal experience, its always a good idea to wax (normal old school wax polish) as any rubbing compound is an abrasive and applying a coat of wax will prevent it from rusting.

Since after the "rubbing" process it is not protected (just like a sheet of un-painted metal)
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Thanks guys, any anti-rust as well?
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so any inputs for chrome finishing and removing rust?
I'll tell you what's the best (from our Padmini / Ambassador days). Used to be some chrome-polish white powder available at most auto / cycle shops. Cost only 10 - 20 bucks for a box of 30ish ml. Buffing that powder onto chrome works wonders....I had even used it on my Classic's bull bar a handful of years back. I am sure that the product will still be available.
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I am sure that the product will still be available.
I'm not too sure about this. That product was really good though.
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Thats called nickel powder and its still available at local garage-cum-mechanic shops for 5 to 10 bucks.
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I'm not too sure about this. That product was really good though.
The powder is very much available at accessory shops and I have encountered vendors on many petrl stations try to sell this compound along with other products like car shampoo etc.
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I guess Im getting a little off-topic here but since we are talking rust thought this article would help, which was written by a friend of mine called Muthu Kumar also courtesy JawaClub.

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A common problem that's a big heartache for bikers are when fuel tanks go bad.
As far as fuel tanks are concerned, especially in 2 wheelers, they are prone to rusting, scaling, corrosion, etc., more so if the location is on the Coastal region, with the high salt content in the air.

With a cleaning fluid kit that's freely available in vehicle parts shops, it is relatively easy to reduce this problem.
Prior to cleaning the fuel tank, first check & confirm the intensity of the damage (rust and scaled bits depth)
The best method of going about this would be to purchase a packet of FUEL TANK CLEANING KIT liquid marketed by ESCORTS LTD. This would contain of 4 separate plastic containers. However, ensure that the instructions mentioned inside the packet are clearly understood and followed
This method forms an anti corrosive micro layer inside the tank.

The cost of this pack comes to around Rs. 140/- approx. and is available at all leading retail two wheeler outlets in INDIA.
However, if in case pores and cracks develop on the tank, that are further spread out over a period of time, it is better to procure another used tank or construct a new tank, keeping in mind the details of the original tank like outlet hole and clamps. That done, all that is left is to emboss the particular logo that is required. This can be done by taking it off the old tank or by creating a new embossed logo.
Check on the link below for pictures. You may copy and paste the link on a new browser page -

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contributed by Mr. K. Muthu Kumar, Coimbatore
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For stain on my bathroom fittings, I use a lime descaler. You can get this in most stores and look for one that doesn't use any harsh acidic substances. The one I have, I had picked it up from Home Town in Bangalore. However, if they are spots, then you might have a problem as the chrome might be giving up. I have a similar issue with one of my chrome fitting.
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Best meathod as stated by others is the chrome powder. COmes in packet and would cost you anything around 10-20 bucks. Wet a cloth dip it in the chrome powder and rub it thoroughly on the area that's rusted. I have been using it for the last 8 years!!
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I am sure that the product will still be available.
nickel powder is still available, but it doesnt remove stubborn stains, rather gives a shine only, thats it!
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