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56D500boy
Posted 2018-08-11 5:26 PM (#568247)
Subject: The "miracle" of AutoSol metal polish



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I am in the process of replacing the window channels and cat's whiskers in my right rear door. To do so, you can elect to remove and clean up and paint the frame that holds the rear channel and vent window. I did that yesterday. While it was out, I decided to polish the chrome frame of the vent window using AutoSol. Man I love that stuff. Very little effort with big results. The first go was wonderful. The second go was astonishing. Great stuff. (At least for a driver, maybe not a show car).

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(RightRearVentWindowBeforePolishing.jpg)



(RightRearVentWindow_AfterQuickGoWithAutoSol.jpg)



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ttotired
Posted 2018-08-11 6:22 PM (#568253 - in reply to #568247)
Subject: Re: The "miracle" of AutoSol metal polish



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Brilliant stuff but be careful, its abrasive, so not really good for chrome

That said, I do the same

There is another polish I have heard of, but not tried called "Purple Polish" Truckies over here love it, they say its better than autosol



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1960fury
Posted 2018-08-11 8:40 PM (#568263 - in reply to #568247)
Subject: Re: The "miracle" of AutoSol metal polish



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I have a story to share about that stuff. Bought a pit free door handle, polished it with Autosol, then wrapped it in a dry rag, the same rag I used to polish the handle, stored it in a heated and dry room, that never saw any moisture.... years later i unwrapped it and the chrome was completely pitted. To this day I wonder what happened.

Edited by 1960fury 2018-08-11 8:41 PM
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-08-12 1:48 AM (#568275 - in reply to #568263)
Subject: Re: The "miracle" of AutoSol metal polish



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1960fury - 2018-08-11 8:40 PM
I have a story to share about that stuff. Bought a pit free door handle, polished it with Autosol, then wrapped it in a dry rag, the same rag I used to polish the handle, stored it in a heated and dry room, that never saw any moisture.... years later i unwrapped it and the chrome was completely pitted. To this day I wonder what happened.


I think that the culprits in your story are the covering (rag) and the humidity. You probably needed to store it in something with silica gel to absorb the airborne moisture.

I don't want to argue but I think that what you think is "dry" and what really is dry isn't actually the same thing. I lived for a time in Hamburg in the fall/winter of 1986/87 and I know that it is humid there (not sure exactly where you are in "Northern Germany"). Dry to us in North America is more like Phoenix Arizona.

Average humidity in Hamburg vs Phoenix Arizona (about half to less than a third of the Hamburg humidity):

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60 dart
Posted 2018-08-12 4:59 AM (#568279 - in reply to #568263)
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1960fury - 2018-08-11 8:40 PM

I have a story to share about that stuff. Bought a pit free door handle, polished it with Autosol, then wrapped it in a dry rag, the same rag I used to polish the handle, stored it in a heated and dry room, that never saw any moisture.... years later i unwrapped it and the chrome was completely pitted. To this day I wonder what happened.




i've done pretty much the same . just thinkin about this subject the other day ---------------------------------------------------later
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1960fury
Posted 2018-08-12 7:20 AM (#568286 - in reply to #568275)
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56D500boy - 2018-08-12 1:48 AM

1960fury - 2018-08-11 8:40 PM
I have a story to share about that stuff. Bought a pit free door handle, polished it with Autosol, then wrapped it in a dry rag, the same rag I used to polish the handle, stored it in a heated and dry room, that never saw any moisture.... years later i unwrapped it and the chrome was completely pitted. To this day I wonder what happened.


I think that the culprits in your story are the covering (rag) and the humidity. You probably needed to store it in something with silica gel to absorb the airborne moisture.

I don't want to argue but I think that what you think is "dry" and what really is dry isn't actually the same thing. I lived for a time in Hamburg in the fall/winter of 1986/87 and I know that it is humid there (not sure exactly where you are in "Northern Germany"). Dry to us in North America is more like Phoenix Arizona.

Average humidity in Hamburg vs Phoenix Arizona (about half to less than a third of the Hamburg humidity):



Yes, I actually live in a very moist area but that building is a heated wooden house, very dry, I store bare sheet metal there, not oiled, not a trace of rust after many years. Other chromed pot metal parts, not wrapped in an Autosol soaked rag, never showed any pitting. My car is parked in an unheated garage for 30 years. It is so wet, water runs down from my car in winters, yet, the pot metal/chrome still looks like the day I bought it.

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finsruskw
Posted 2018-08-12 8:08 AM (#568288 - in reply to #568247)
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I think any old Turtle wax or similar type chrome polish would have done the same thing.
See my ad for 57 Windsor window frames. although they were not as bad off as yours in the pictures you posted.
That's what I have been using for decades on the chrome on all my cars.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2018-08-12 8:56 AM (#568291 - in reply to #568247)
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i like "Quick Glo" for polishing chrome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7TnNEBy3tI



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wizard
Posted 2018-08-12 9:43 AM (#568294 - in reply to #568247)
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We use to say "Autosol is good for anything but chrome"

Joke aside, I wouldn't use it on new chrome due to the abrasive ingredients, but it's great on old worn parts.


Since that the Autosol dissolves verdigree, I suspect that there is a form of acid as ingredient, hence, once polished, the parts should be cleaned and waxed…..
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-08-12 10:14 AM (#568295 - in reply to #568294)
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finsruskw - 2018-08-12 8:08 AM
I think any old Turtle wax or similar type chrome polish would have done the same thing.


I did try a couple of Mother's chrome/metal cleaning/polishing products first but they didn't work half as well as the Autosol did.

I would use QuickGlo if I could buy it in a store.

I hear you (those with negative things to say about Autosol) and will only use it to clean the chrome. Then I will follow it with some chrome polish (or order some QuickGlo).

Thanks for the comments.

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60 dart
Posted 2018-08-12 11:33 PM (#568332 - in reply to #568247)
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turtle wax chrome polish and cleaner really works well with little effort . works on stainless really well also------------------------------------------------------------later
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-08-19 9:26 PM (#568662 - in reply to #568295)
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56D500boy - 2018-08-12 10:14 AM

I would use QuickGlo if I could buy it in a store.
I hear you (those with negative things to say about Autosol) and will only use it to clean the chrome. Then I will follow it with some chrome polish (or order some QuickGlo).
:)


I just ordered a jar each of Quick Glo "original" and "fine". Shipping was cheap and fast.

We'll see.

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56D500boy
Posted 2018-08-29 12:43 AM (#569196 - in reply to #568662)
Subject: First Go with Quick Glo



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56D500boy - 2018-08-19 9:26 PM
56D500boy - 2018-08-12 10:14 AM

I would use QuickGlo if I could buy it in a store.
I hear you (those with negative things to say about Autosol) and will only use it to clean the chrome. Then I will follow it with some chrome polish (or order some QuickGlo).
:)


I just ordered a jar each of Quick Glo "original" and "fine". Shipping was cheap and fast.
We'll see.


Quick Glo came in on Friday but I couldn't get down to Point Roberts WA to pick it up until today.

I gave it a quick go on the left rear passenger door vent window which was not as bad as the right rear door's vent window.

Very easy to use. Dab a bit on a paper towel and start wiping (applying pressure) and the rust and whatever quickly starts to disappear.

The Quick Glo product is a lot wetter than I expected but it was also very easy to use. If it works like they say, i.e. cleaning the rust off and then sealing the small pits/pores in the chrome, it could be winner.

You can see in the photos below where I've used it and not used it (when the photo was taken). All shiny now.





Edited by 56D500boy 2018-08-29 12:21 PM




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plymouth
Posted 2018-08-29 7:17 AM (#569208 - in reply to #569196)
Subject: Re: The "miracle" of AutoSol metal polish



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I've used it and had fantastic results. I'll have to go through my camera and find the before and after pictures.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-08-29 11:48 AM (#569215 - in reply to #568247)
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Going back to the storage conditions, heating air does not remove moisture. The true measure of the amount of moisture in air is dew point. Air conditioning (cooling air) does remove moisture as the air cools it can hold less moisture and it drops out as condensation. Heating air from say, 40 degrees to 70 degrees, doesn't change the dew point of that air, but it will decrease the Relative Humidity as warmer air can carry more moisture. However, since cold air is drawn into the heating system from outside, the dew point should be low and the air dry anyway.
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