How to Polish Automotive Chrome Plating Trim

Automotive chrome plating is a great feature that adds style to any vehicle. With the right polish and techniques, you can keep it clean and sparkling. The car care industry has infinite resources to make polishes that are specifically formulated to get your chrome shiny. These polishes can vary in intensity so you have to be careful you use the appropriate polish for use. It is best to use a gentler polish for more delicate instruments such as mirrors, headlights, gauge bezels, black chrome, and glass.

If a polish is labeled “all chrome”, that generally indicates that it is a gentler polish and is good for most standard uses, such as the removal of smudges, small scratches, and the restoration of that automotive chrome plating brilliance! For bigger scratches, rust, and other jobs a gentler polish can’t handle, you’ll want invest in a grittier polish, which is similar to jeweler’s rouge. A grittier polish may revive that old bumper, but be sure to read and follow the directions on the label. While it’s good enough for a bumper, a grittier polish can easily scratch softer surfaces, so opt for a gentler polish when it comes to those shiny, new 23 inch chromed-spoke wheels.

Most brands of polish also include polymers that leave behind a protective residue that can ward off smudges and fingerprints while helping you maintain that classic chrome sheen. You can find chrome polish at almost any automotive store and it is available as either a liquid or a cream.


As mentioned above, always, always, ALWAYS, begin by reading the various polishes’ labels and choose one or more that is compatible with the style and condition of the chrome you want to revive.

Before you begin, always make sure you wash the chromed area so any grit and dirt won’t be left behind and scraped across the finish during polishing. Be sure to park in your garage or in the shade to ensure that the polish doesn’t dry too quickly. Automotive chrome plating polish can be applied a few different ways depending on your preference. Always start with a clean, cotton-based fabric to apply the polish. A terrycloth towel is the traditional favorite while disposable cotton wipes or cotton polishing pads are just as effective. Polishing pads are easy to cut in half if needed to reach difficult areas.

Apply the polish to the applicator and begin to massage it onto the chrome, being careful to follow the instructions as listed on the label. Be sure to work in small areas and make sure you polish every spot. Before you know it you’ll be done and your newly polished automotive chrome plating will shine like the first day you laid eyes on it! Think chrome gets to have all the fun? Think again because many of these products will also protect and shine other metals as well, such as aluminum and magnesium.


Classic Components, the leader in Chrome Plating since 1986, is now offering a new Chrome polish & sealant. This product will revive and protect all of your chrome.  This is what they use to clean, polish and protect all the parts and wheels coming off their chrome plating lines. This sealant and wax is a non abrasive formula that will clean and polish Chrome, aluminum, stainless steel and even brass.   It also works twice as fast as other polishes whether you apply it by hand or machine. Safely get rid of the dullness of your old chrome parts and wheels with
Classic Components new chrome polish and wax! Contact us for more information or to order chrome plating or the Chrome Polish & Sealant.


What Is Black Chrome?

Chrome is made by the electroplating an outer coating of chromium to another metal such as steel or aluminum. The surface to be chrome plated immersed in an acid bath along with an anode metal. Direct current electricity is applied; this makes chromium ions to adhere to the surface of the metal. Before the chrome is electroplated, copper and nickel layers are applied to the metal.

Black chrome plating takes a high polish and possesses a depth that is not evident in other chrome finishes. The copper and nickel undercoating makes hard and durable black chrome finishes resistant to rust and corrosion. Highly polished black chrome is often used as a decorative surface for automobile and motorcycle parts and household faucets. Telescope and microscope manufacturers often use matte finish black chrome on parts to reduce reflectivity.
Before chrome, electroplating, metal objects must be thoroughly cleaned. Before the copper and nickel coating is applied, the part is immersed in an electrostatic bath to remove heavy soil. It must be cleaned once more by hand to get rid of any residual dirt and surface impurities. After cleaning, the part is ready for black chrome plating to be applied.
Electroplating process requires attention to safety because the chemicals involved are highly caustic and are often carcinogenic. Complying with environmental protection standards for safely using these chemicals can make black chrome plating more expensive than other types of finish.


– Is it the “Busy Season” yet?

Happy Holidays!  This is the time of year when (knock on wood) our business starts to pick-up just a bit here at Classic Components chrome plating.  This year appears to be no exception.  We are starting to receive more work and more packages are arriving.  It’s not quite the spring season rush but we do see that people are taking advantage of the winter down time and getting their chrome projects out of the way before the hint of warm weather is back upon us.

As you can see from this picture below, our racks are starting to fill up more than usual.  Turnaround times are still fast however, so feel free to get your parts to us ASAP.  As always, we offer chrome motorcycle wheel exchange year-round and special rush service for those procrastinators out there 😉

Completed Chrome Rack

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Chrome parts waiting to be cleaned and shipped by Classic Components Inc.

Classic Components Inc./South Bay Chrome: the leaders in custom chrome plating and metal finishing.  Count on us for all of your chrome, black chrome, metal finishing and restoration needs!