I have a glass table with chrome sawhorse legs. I haven't polished them in
20 years. As the table is dismantled I want to take the opportunity to
I'm using Noxon. It is very slow going. It takes a lot of rubbing to get
the rust off. I'm thinking a Dobie sponge, maybe with the sponge removed,
would be better.
But my big question is after I get it all clean just what can I do to keep
it from rusting again? Some sort of wax? Doing some google searching I find
that Mother's Chrome Polish claims to protect. I bought the all-purpose
Noxon as I did not find anything in the store that was chrome specific. But
then I did not go to an automotive store.
So what do people here suggest I do?
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
you might want to post to an automotive group for ideas; polishing old
chrome is a common automotive task :(
I have heard that crumpled up aluminum foil will help quite a bit, try
using that instead of a rag for inital polishing.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Chrome doesn't rust. If your piece is rusty it is the steel under the
chrome that is rusting and that means the plating job was less than
stellar in the first place.
Chrome is hard (much harder than aluminum foil) but it is also porous.
Perhaps you have heard the phrase, "triple chrome plated"? That
doesn't mean three layers of chrome on the steel, it means a layer of
copper followed by a layer of nickel followed by the chrome. In your
case, it would seem the steel itself was chromed.
If you get it cleaned up - hint: chrome polish - nothing you do will
keep the steel from continuing to rust. Paste wax may slow it but it
*will* continue. Rechroming is probably not a viable solution due to
cost...the piece would have to be dechromed (no big deal) and the
steel ground down to remove all pitting before polishing and
replating. Big bucks.
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