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    In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    Hey folks,

    For a good while i used a product called 'white diamond' metal polish, but it is becoming harder for me to find. They used to carry it at a local auto parts store here (advance auto) for around $14~$15 dollars but they are out of it and when i asked the guys at the counter if/when are they going to order some more they of course didn't know. So this leaves me in search of a new metal polish and i was wondering what some of you folks around here are using to polish like chrome rims and chrome trim and grills.

    Also, i am somewhat curious as to what the difference is in 'chrome polish' and 'metal polish' as the white diamond i used covered both, i could only guess that some of it is just for chrome style finish (chrome finish trim with plastic beneath) and some of it is for actual metal with chrome finish.

    I am leaning more towards Mothers California Gold Metal polish because they carry it on autogeek's site, so i know its probably great stuff, and was wondering if any of you have any advice on this matter. Thanks!


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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    I use Chemical Guys Metal Polish (polish+protect). They also have a Metal Wax, but i prefer the Metal Polish. You can use it on chrome, aluminum, copper, brass, etc. It works really well!
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    Im definitely following this thread. I'm pretty new to metal/chrome/etc polishing and have a motorcycle to do in the near future so have been looking into metal polishes lately.
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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    I like mothers chrome polish. It's readily available over the counter.

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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    zephyr pro 40

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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    Forrest from Mothers and I were talking at detail fest on this subject.For over the counter you cant beat Mothers for the price.I also use Pinnacle wet diamond sealant from AG.I have several cars with lots of chrome and stainless unlike modern cars.
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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    My thought is they are dissimilar surfaces. Chrome is a hard, thin plating. Aluminum is a soft alloy.

    The polish that works on soft (aluminum) is too soft for a hard plating, and the polish that's appropriate for hard (chrome) is too aggressive for soft (alloy).

    You don't put power steering fluid in a transmission - use the proper product type for the finish you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by propolishing View Post
    zephyr pro 40

    I've heard of it before. Is it a good final polish?

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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    Thanks for the feedback thus far, and thanks for the surface explanation Mr. Mom, then on that token i should get both the mother's metal and the chrome polish as they will both have their place and uses.

    As you all may know most newer cars won't have alot of chrome or metal as older vehicles do (as noted by 57BORNTORUN), but there are still quite a few trucks and some SUV style vehicles that will still have chrome grills and rims, and some metal bumpers, which is primarily what i'm targeting here.
    Last edited by buddee; 03-25-2014 at 05:48 AM. Reason: missed a tidbit

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    Re: In need of Metal/Chrome polish advice

    Zephyr pro 40 is a good one yes. You should be able to find White Diamond in truck stops/ travel plaza's if you have one near you. BEWARE OF ANY POLISH THAT HAS AMMONIA IN IT! I can't stress this enough, if you use it on aluminum it will turn it yellow.

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