Marks on Air Cleaner Chrome

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Bob_Kikkert, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. Bob_Kikkert

    Bob_Kikkert Member

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    I wear chaps when I ride my 08 Ultra and apparently my leg rubs against the chrome air cleaner cover. This has left marks that I cannot remove with a chrome cleaner like Mom's. At first I thought it was a flaw under the clearcoat but my service manager showed me how my leg rubs against it and that it probably made the marks. Any ideas on removing them without scratching the chrome???
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    a polishing cloth like a jeweler uses .. wont scratch and will polish it more
     
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  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Those marks on the chrome are there forever. You cannot remove marks in chrome and there is no clear coat on chrome. Chrome is something like 1 or 2 mils thick and cannot have marks polished out without most times going through the chrome to the nickel plating underneath which is what gives the plating the "chromium" look. The top coat is opague in character to show the nickel underneath.

    You could always cut a piece of the clear adhesive backed protective coating made by 3M and curve it like a half moon when you cut it , then place it on the chrome where you rub when riding.
     
  4. Bob_Kikkert

    Bob_Kikkert Member

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    Thanks Smitty..I hadn't thought of it that way. I'll try the jeweler cloth Bud, thanks.

    Glidee...I was told by someone that the chrome was clearcoated and thanks for you description of how it is constructed. I guess I'll have to live with it...
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Here's something that will give you a better understanding of the process.

    Advanced Plating...Our Process

    Chrome Plating Tutorial