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Polishing the chrome

As a HD newbie, I was wondering what you guys use to polish the chrome parts on your bike. I want to make my chrome shiny and not scratchy.

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I use Auto Glym super resin wax, or luster lace. Do not use an abrasive polish as it will cloud and scratch the chrome. You can wax chrome with no ill effects whatsoever. Try some pledge on it, you'll be surprised at the results.

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you'll need some steel wool, use fine if the rust is not bad. No need to scratch the metal too hard for nothing.
Second you'll need some metal polish to lubricate, and polish while you rub with the steel wool. Liquid polish works better..
you'll need a clean rag to buff out everything after you've removed the rust.

Rub the metal-polish-loaded steel wool on the part until you see the brown rust pits vanish. Don't do a circular motion, go in a back-and-forth motion instead to match the length of the part. Circular scratches will show even if they are very small.
Once you've made all the rusty spots go away, take your polishing rag, a clean cotton t-shirt can do the job, and buff the piece until you are happy with the result.
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The only polishing needed is on the face of the new port area. Give the burned gas a smooth exit into the exhaust pipe. Don't go too extreme on the changes. Too much and you loose performance. This is the voice of experience talking.

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