How to get mud stains off chrome bullbar

Does anyone know how the best method is of getting mud stains off a chrome bullbar. I have tried a gurney and also a light scourer but you can still see marks. May be someone has an old remedy please.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 13:05

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 13:05
Terry,

Get some CT-18, (Supercheap, Autobarn) mix as directed and try that. Best to leave for some hours, or even overnight, and blast off with gerni.

Don't use ANY scourer type thing as it will put fine scratches into the surface,

Bob.



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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 14:31

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 14:31
Polish the chrome with Autosol.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:24

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:24
yep, a good metal polish and see if you can find some old fashioned elbow grease to mix with it. Works a treat for ingrained stains.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 21:25

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 21:25
Autosol, 100% agreed. Nothing else goes black then wipe and presto, a high gleam finish, works every time.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 21:27

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 21:27
works on aluminium too
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Reply By: Mick O - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:33

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:33
Terry, get a can of "Brite Shine". It's an Aussie product made by Kenco and I think I got mine from Repco.

It is a cotton wadding impregnated with a polishing agent for all metals. Does a great job on alloy bars and mags. The only problem is once you see how good it is, you'll need to do the whole bar!

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:38

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:38
It was originally developed by Maserati!
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:11

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:11
Well there you go then. Those Italians spend a lot of time polishing their cars so it must be good.

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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:49

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 17:49
Our car detailer uses a home made mix of car wash, water and acetone to remove red dirt and stains. I am not 100% sure in his mix but in a 1 ltr squirt bottle I put a cap full of wash, 5 caps of acetone and fill the rest with water. Apply and remove with a sponge and follow up with a water wash off.

Removes red dirt stains but do not leave it on too long (but at this mix it should be fine) or put too much acetone in the mix else you may be removing the paint work.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 10:16

Friday, May 02, 2014 at 10:16
I have used a car detailer that uses water based degreaser to get the red stains out of door rubbers etc
Seemed to work very well on my vehicle.

On a side note I used to use CT18 truckwash in a pretty stong mix to wash my whole ute and the detailer picked it straight away. He said to be careful using it too strong on a regular basis as it dulls the paintwork. I am a bit more carefull with it these days
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Reply By: Member - Coldee - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:23

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:23
Coca Cola.

Save some money, buy a can and Google "Cleaning chrome with coca cola." It does as good a job as the best product and a better job than most. It will not get rid of scratches, just stains.
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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:35

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 19:35
If you can't access Google I will outline the process
1. Pour some Coke in a bowl. It can be flat. It could be diet
2. Make a pad from aluminium foil. About the same size as a kitchen scourer.
3. Dip the foil pad into the coke and rub it on the rust/ mud/ red dirt stain.
4. Wipe the coke away with a cleaning cloth.
Takes about less time than it does to clean your teeth. No need to soak or leave on.
You can pour the coke onto the stain, or the pad but the bowl is less messy.
Wash it off if you prefer rather than wipe with a rag. No prep. Bo need to have the bar dry or wet. It is pretty fool proof and it does work.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 21:27

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 21:27
Its most unlikley that it is a chrome bull bar...though I have seen some chrome plated steel parts on the odd bullbar.

Most of the bright shinny bull bars are actually polished aluminium.

Aluminium is not particularly stain resistant, in fact it is quite porous...but it polishes pretty redily.

There are a number of mild abrasive and chemical compounds that will polish it up.

A scourer is a bit coarse..all that will do is leave scratches.

I've used brite shine.....its pretty good stuff, it works on most metals

The aluminium polishers use a buffing compound and a rag mop on a machine.
The right compound for the metal is important.

Fine cutting poilsh or buffing compound will get you there.

As for the coke...forget it..it might work but there are far better commercial compounds on the market.

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Follow Up By: Graeme - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 08:09

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 08:09
Coke is a good all round cleaner due a small amount of phosphoric acid in it. Years ago it was the only sure way of removing Boeshield the Boeing rain repellant from B727 windscreens.
Drink the stuff????NO WAY!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 15:03

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 15:03
Thanks Graeme. Yep, good for everything but drinking.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 10:13

Friday, May 02, 2014 at 10:13
Yeah its not the rum in 'rum & coke' that gives the morning after headache …….
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Reply By: Member - Terry E (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 08:51

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 08:51
Many thanks to everybody who have given me ways to fix my problem. All are greatly appreciated and I`m sure I will be able to solve the problem with one of these remedies.
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry E (NSW) - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 09:07

Friday, May 02, 2014 at 09:07
Thanks again everybody for all your suggestions. I was not able to find `Brite Shine` but got some `Autosol` and it seemed to work well.

Cheers Terry.
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Reply By: blown4by - Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 18:14

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 18:14
Septone is a good metal polish as is Brasso.
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