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    Posted: 09 Nov 2018 at 14:40
Hi everyone,
As I said in my intro (http://guzziriders.org/topic9419_post94445.html#94445), my California 1400 is new to me. So I stepped in to ask you, folks, what do you use to keep chrome parts of your Guzzis in top condition? I've read that there are many polishes/sprays that leave stains on chrome, so I wanted to ask you, folks, to please recommend something that is proven to work.
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Anything called a 'polish' is an abrasive. Chrome - Solvol Autosol chrome polish, occasionally.
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BRASSO metal polish wadding, also sold as DURAGLIT.

It's old as the world, so not very sexy, but proven to work.
(Looks like Wallmart carries it, Amazon too)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 2018 at 20:51
That gives a shine, but does it protect the plating?
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The plating is the protection, and it makes it shine.Cool
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You have more faith in Guzzi chrome than I do.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jpc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2018 at 05:23
Being the owner of an older model, I have more faith, period Smile(sad to say).
Lots of stainless, very little chrome, and what there is, of good quality.
Also, Arizona Scott probably has to contend more with dust and bugs than road salt and sea breezes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alan Sbj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2018 at 10:27
Stick with the wadding version, neat brasso liquid is similar to 
T Cut and very abbrasive.
I personally like Auto Glym on chrome, just the red resin one, not the metal polish, used it for years.
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Belgum Alloy cleans and leaves wax residue, However in the UK with salt on the roads the real way to protect the alloy and chrome before the ACF50 I took advice way back in the 70's ...Clean with cold water ...hot activates the salt .... rub down or using a air line blow away residue ...now get good old 3:1 oil a very clean cloth micro fibre is brilliant for this Tip 3:1 into an old empty butter type tub with a lid ...soak cloth in 3:1 make sure you wear gloves to protect skin .... wring out cloth wipe ALL exposed Alloy and chrome the thin coat keeps everything shiny as my 265,000 mile 41 yr old V1000 will testify .... ACF50 spray on applies easily but is a total git to get off in Spring, I found the water soluble scottoil spray just did not keep the corrosion away from the alloy .... been using the 3:1 for years by the way a good wax furniture polish is fantastic for the painted bits, really keeps the crud off AutoGlym stuff is very good as is MER
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As your chrome is new and you live in a pretty dry climate, I would say wax car polish every time. Virtually no abrasive, makes it all shiny and leaves a protective coat. I never use metal polish on good chrome, it doesn't need it and it will take the shine off eventually 'cos its abrasive
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Nov 2018 at 10:39
Try looking into Marine metal coatings. They know a thing or two about minimising corrosion to the shiny parts. I've successfully used something from that field to coat my bare (clean, polished) fork legs.  If I remember, when I next get the chance to dig into the box where I think the bottle lurks, I'll let you know what I used.  IT was, to all intents and purposes, a type of varnish, intended for use on metals.

Edit: No need to look into a box, I remembered from where I ordered it: "RUSTINS METAL LACQUER 125ML

“Rustins Metal Lacquer is a low solid lacquer based on a polymethacrylic ester dissolved in a mixture of Ketones, Alcohols and Hydrocarbons.
Dries to a completely clear colourless film preventing the oxidisation and tarnishing of brass, copper, bronze and silver. The lacquer does not craze or yellow with ageing 125ml”

No idea if the brand is available where you are, but you'll surely find an equivalent.


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Thanks for the replies, folks. So the only way of keeping chrome parts shiny is to polish it from time to time, right? Won't this polishing cause chrome peeling or stains with time? I thought of a solution that will somehow fill in the scratches and swirls on chrome (at least for some time, until this solution gets washed away).
Or it would be better to polish first and then apply that Metal Laquer that you folks recommended?
I'm sorry for asking noob questions, but I really do not want to ruin chrome haha
And as long as I have you folks here, I decided to ask...
I appreciate your help and patience with me.
Scott.

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Originally posted by ScottESmith ScottESmith wrote:

Thanks for the replies, folks. So the only way of keeping chrome parts shiny is to polish it from time to time, right? Won't this polishing cause chrome peeling or stains with time? I thought of a solution that will somehow fill in the scratches and swirls on chrome (at least for some time, until this solution gets washed away).
Hey, just a quick update. Last night I ordered a CyclecareChrome and paint solution (link) and Rustins metal laquer from amazon (link). Hoping to get both by this weekend to try how they work together.
Appreciate all your help.
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