Which Metal Polish?

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Which Metal Polish?

Postby Mick D » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:48 am


My tube of Solvol Autosol is on it's last legs so I'm thinking about replacing it - I've always used it in tube form and have no particular issue with it's performance however I am considering giving one of the other products a try, maybe Peek or Autosol paste.

I'd be interested in the opinion of others as to what's their preferred choice of metal polish, (it needs to work on aluminium alloy, chrome and stainless steel ideally).

Regards Mick - not an oily rag man ;)

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Re: Which Metal Polish?

Postby Rob Harknett » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:00 am

Solvo Autosol has been about as long as I can remember, I've always had a tube and used it. Its a different era now, most bikes are no longer working bikes. By that I mean the are not used now, for what they were used for and intended for years ago. They were not cleaned every time they got just a little bit dirty. With all the polishing a bike may now get, the tube of Solvo Autosol may prove a bit too abrasive on plated parts. Probably still OK for stainless and alloy. Perhaps use something like that used in the home. You will know even that as worn off silver plating after much polishing. Years ago we had a product called Chrome coat. Perhaps that may still apply so you do not need to use metal polish on chrome plating. I seem to recall Chrome coat did yellow.

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Re: Which Metal Polish?

Postby Greybeard » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:15 am

Peek is less abrasive (and usually cheaper :) ) than solvol and is good on chrome and ali. For stainless exhausts I've been using 'Bar Keepers Friend' - often sold in fancy cooks shops for cleaning stainless pans etc.


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