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Classic bicycle front fork is chrome, but dull and pitted
My 25 year old Colnago road bike has a dull and pitted chrome front fork. I am restoring the bicycle. What is best for restoring: polish, or, re-chrome? Can chrome be clear-coated? How best to remove chrome if I paint front fork?Daniel P. Reily
Hobbyist - Saranac Lake, New York
Once the plating is perforated the underlying steel will rust. Polishing and waxing are very temporary fixes; replating is a permanent fix. Chrome can be plated, but some shops say a light sandblast is the best way to remove the chrome and give a little etch and tooth to the underlying nickel plating.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey