Make your Chrome and Nickel dazzle
Chromium is often used in hot environments, and most polishes will go
gray when heated. If the polish has regular waxes, or enhancers in it, it will probably dull as soon as the temperature of the item exceeds 180° F. which is the melting point of carnauba. Use Hot Environment polishes only for this situation like our HOT CHROME Polish.
Infact we recommend our Hot chrome polish for finishing all chromium. This is because it should never be necessary to wax chrome. Waxes will make chrome hazy.
If your chrome has little blisters on it, it is due for replating. Another sign that the chromium is deteriorating is little gold flecks appearing in the sublayer. This is the nickel breaking up beneath the chrome to reveal the copper base layer.
When you chrome is in good shape however, it should be polished with the finest abrasives possible, or it will show scratches.
Badly burned and blued exhaust pipes should be polished with a harsher cutting product like our Metal Polish and restorer to get it back into shape and remove the bluing and then it should be polished with a fine polish, we recommend our Hot Chrome Polish to really bring up the beautiful lustre.
However, with chrome bumpers, Nose Cones and grilles, they are often dull due to pitting from road grit. There is no possible way you can remove this by hand. You will need a professional buffing machine and a top quality compound like our chrome oxide or calcined aluminate to refinish the surface.
Of course nickel is often found in hot environments too. Handles and ornamental pieces on wood stoves are often nickel. Again in this situation a hot environment polish should be used
Nickel is often used under the hood of older vehicles too. When grimey it responds incredibly well to Coca Cola! Once rinsed and dried, to remove the grime, wipe it over with the Curator's Blend, a little bit of work rubbing it in and WOW! Nickel has something a little different to chrome - when polished properly the yellow tint of nickel makes it blaze in the sun!
Nickel is also regaining favor in the automotive industry, basically because modern nickels are being combined with phosphorous and cobalt to produce harder finishes and many custom accessories that look like chrome are actually nickel alloys.These should be treated as regular nickel. The draw back of these components is that they do not tend to last as long as a good hard chrome finish. But they are a lot cheaper and create less hazardous waste than the normal chrome plating process
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