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Old 06-28-2010, 05:56 AM
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Chrome Bumper Polish/Restorer?

My father in law just gave us his 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible. The chrome bumpers (as you would expect) have a lot of "pitting".

I would like to bring them back to life. I know nothing about how to restore and polish chrome.

Can anyone recommend some products or methods?
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:10 AM
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After you wash them I like to start with 0000 Steel Wool to remove anything that is on the surface. Then any good chrome polish will restore the luster. If they have big pits chances are they are not going to come out
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Thanks, I'll get some 0000 Steel Wool. I saw on the internet that someone recommended soaking the steel wool in WD-40 prior to using it.
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You could but I don't see how that would help
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OK. I'll pick up the steel wool on the way home and give it a shot this evening.
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You might also have a look at this site for chrome polish its the one that I use

http://www.zephyrpro40.com/s2/Script...?idCategory=77
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I think they have that at Costco..........my wife is on the way there now!
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dboy.........thanks for the advice. I used the steel wool and WD-40 for grins. I estimate that I got the bumpers back to about 85%. I noticed that the interior has a lot of chrome that is pitting as well. I'll tackle that tonight.
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dboy.........thanks for the advice. I used the steel wool and WD-40 for grins. I estimate that I got the bumpers back to about 85%. I noticed that the interior has a lot of chrome that is pitting as well. I'll tackle that tonight.
Glad that worked now use a good chrome polish that will bring it back even better then top that off with wax and they will look new again
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The chrome parts that are on the inside of the car, I would use a paint cleaner or your chrome polish on those not the steel wool. That chrome is different from the bumpers.
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You might also have a look at this site for chrome polish its the one that I use

http://www.zephyrpro40.com/s2/Script...?idCategory=77
Hello, dboy, I've been running search function exercises for chrome restoration, and also found this thread where I first saw your Zephyr recommendation:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=316905

Because of the mixed results I've read in that thread, whether it's Brasso or NeverDull, I was thinking of going directly to the steel wool first. The only thing I've worked with is Megs Chrome Polish, which didn't do anything for my friend's 1999 E46.

Just to be doubly sure, the chrome trim surrounding the windows will be ok with 0000 steel wool? Thank you.
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Hello, dboy, I've been running search function exercises for chrome restoration, and also found this thread where I first saw your Zephyr recommendation:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=316905

Because of the mixed results I've read in that thread, whether it's Brasso or NeverDull, I was thinking of going directly to the steel wool first. The only thing I've worked with is Megs Chrome Polish, which didn't do anything for my friend's 1999 E46.

Just to be doubly sure, the chrome trim surrounding the windows will be ok with 0000 steel wool? Thank you.
Be careful on that window chrome those are not the same as the bumpers, I would start with the polish and see how that works then lightly use the steel wool if needed
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Be careful on that window chrome those are not the same as the bumpers, I would start with the polish and see how that works then lightly use the steel wool if needed
Thanks for your response. Like I mentioned, the Meguiars chrome polish didn't do anything at all, which is why I was thinking of going directly to the steel wool (rather than obtaining another bottle of polish). Thanks for the warning about the differences between the trim and bumper. I'll let you know if I end up trying the steel wool out in the future. Cheers.
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