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I'm looking at aused stock muffler set from a 1987 GL1200A for my 1984 GL1200A. From the pictures sent to me, the item looks in very good condition with no rust. However, on the LHS muffler guard there appears to be a stain of some sort. The seller thinks it might have been caused by battery acid but claims it has not penetrated the chrome and should polish out. If that is the case, may I have suggestions as to the best method of removing this blemish? Thanks in advance and a Very Happy New Year to all! By the way, it's only minus 24 degrees C plus a wind chill this morning here in good ol' PG!
 

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Can't be polished out. Mild acid is what is used to strip chrome in the first place, so I think you are going tio find there is no chrome there to polish up.
 

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Jason is right. I was at the UK treffen and watch Nick Fowler doing the gold plating on the Wings. He has to rub mild battery acid on the chrome first to remove it and what is left behind is the dull nickel plate that the chrome sits over. Then he plates the gold on top.
Bottom line is that battery acid ruins chrome, all it takes is about 20 seconds and the chrome is gone. The nickel plate is what you are seeing on those 1200 pipes Keener and that'll never shine up. If it doesn't bother you then buy them anyway, just remember that chrome shops won't take in exhausts as all the crap in the pipes falls into the solutions and ruins them.
 

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Thanks for the input. Just as I thought. Guess I'll keep looking.
 

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keener wrote:
I'm looking at aused stock muffler set from a 1987 GL1200A for my 1984 GL1200A. From the pictures sent to me, the item looks in very good condition with no rust. However, on the LHS muffler guard there appears to be a stain of some sort. The seller thinks it might have been caused by battery acid but claims it has not penetrated the chrome and should polish out. If that is the case, may I have suggestions as to the best method of removing this blemish? Thanks in advance and a Very Happy New Year to all! By the way, it's only minus 24 degrees C plus a wind chill this morning here in good ol' PG!
-24! That's some drop. I hope you have the good Honda coolant in your bike!
 

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She's all tucked away in heated, secure storage and won't come out until perhaps April! The members who can ride year 'round are to be envied!
 
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