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Just purchased my 1989 1500. It sat in a garage in Florida for several years. I have worked the mechanical issues out, but am unsure how to clean the plastic rotor covers and other parts. Plastic chrome worries me. To be safe I soaked them in warm water with some mild detergent and rubbed them with a soft polishing cloth - nothing! Is there a cleaner that will get rid of the gritty feel and allow me to shine them up without removing the "chrome"?



Thanks guys - I want this baby to sparkle - the rest of the paint is in great shape.

Mike
 

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I have GL1500 Rotor Covers on my GL1200 and I use

Windex Multi Surface Sparkling Orange Cleaner

and a soft cloth on them and it seems to work ok. The acid in the citrus seems to cut the dirt ok and so far, it has not affected the chrome.

Plus it gives your covers a nice citrus / orange smell. :goofygrin:
 

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You might find that the chrome itself is worn. Chrome on plastic doesn't age well when left neglected.
 

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If it is bubbled and rusted there is no cure except replacement You can't rechrome plastic

I've seen one guy that sanded them down and painted
 

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Thanks guys - I'll give the suggestions a try. I priced repalcements and it wasn't as horrible as I thought :)- so if I remove some of the chrome - I'll just tell old whats her name we need to order new ones!

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Chrome on plastic usually is not true chrome. They use a process to evaporate Aluminum under a vacumm called vacuum metalizing. It is then clear coated and left to Gods mercy and God can be mercilous to this stuff. You are just dealing with a few microns of metal (1 micron = .00001 c*nt hair). The sometimes flash Aluminum over copper because Copper sticks to certain plastics better. You can use a mild polish and soft cloth but it doesn't work if you are polishing the clear coat and not the metal direct.

Some companies can plate over plastic using real chrome with an electically conductive coating. Cost for a prepared item are around $35 to 40.
 

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Bug and Tar remover works well and leaves a wax finish. It does a good job of taking off crud, bugs and road grime. It won't help much with pitting.
 
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