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Any suggestions to clean and shine the chrome/nickel on a wood stove that is in good shape (nearly new reproduction) but badly stained. SOS pads work but I am afraid of scratching the surface. Stains are of uncertain origon but generally have a tarnished film appearence.
-- Howard Bender (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 23, 2001
Chrome polish is available at motorcycle shops that is for exhaust pipes, I do not know about the fumes in an enclosed area.
-- mitch hearn (email@example.com), November 23, 2001.
It's probably overheated chrome. Chrome polish will brighten it, but it will reoccur.
-- Ed (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 23, 2001.
We've used an old-fashioned metal polish called Flitz. We couldn't find it in the hardware stores but found it in a little mom & pop corner store and it was covered with dust. As previously posted, the chrome will tarnish again, but it does look wonderful when polished.
-- Charleen in WNY (email@example.com), November 23, 2001.
When I worked at a metals plating shop, the plating guys would sometimes do little jobs on the side-- maybe you could get a metals plater to rechrome it for you?
-- Dawn (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 23, 2001.
Try a good rubbing with aluminum foil. Charlie
-- charlie (email@example.com), November 23, 2001.
Also cleaning chrome with an acid based cleaner (CLR, x-14, vanish liquid) will give chrome a brownish tarnished appearance as the acid reacts with the chrome. Don't use that stuff. You can polish off the coating though.
-- Ed (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 24, 2001.
While looking for something else, I came across a product mentioned above, Flitz metal polish at fireplacestuff.com/catalog/accessories.htm
-- bluetick (email@example.com), November 25, 2001.
You can purchase FLITZ at www.lehmans.com for about $10.00 a tube.
-- W. Friesen (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 27, 2001.