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Old 10-17-2010, 06:47 PM
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Best way to dull chrome?

I want to put a matt finish on all the chrome on my bike. I can bead blast it but then I gotta take every damn cover off. What can I use to do it by hand? Scotch brite?
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scotch bright pad, i prefer the gray ones but any of them will probably work the same. stay away from the SB wheels yu can buy for your drill, you will go right through the chrome. fight the temptation to use fine grit sand paper, if you want that brushed aluminum look then you want the SB pad.

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Scotch Brite pads and WD40, Practice on a old piece of chrome with differant pads for a while before you do your bike parts, then you will be happy
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Scotch Brite 3 inch wheels, get em at Sears Hardware , put em on ur drill and go for it. They're the red ones and work perfect every time...
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scotch brite pads and wd40, practice on a old piece of chrome with differant pads for a while before you do your bike parts, then you will be happy :3dsmile:
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Scotch Brite 3 inch wheels, get em at Sears Hardware , put em on ur drill and go for it. They're the red ones and work perfect every time...
Not to contradict what Xian has said here because he is right and the wheels do work well but if you do go that route i would use a cordless drill or at least a drill with low rpm. These wheels work so well that you can quickly go right through the chrome, the nickel, and down to the copper if you are not carefull. I have used these wheels to strip chrome from aluminum parts that the chrome had popped so that I could polish them back out to a shine. the actual layer of chrome is the thinnest layer of plate, most of the "chrome" look comes from the nickel layer beneath the chrome layer. those wheels go down to the nickel pretty damn quick on a regular corded drill.
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