HOW TO: SAVE TIRED CHROME
Chromed header pipes can be saved if they’re not too far gone. Here’s the deal for the rescue job
All is not lost, even if it looks it
Few things lift the appearance of a naked bike better than a decent set of downpipes. The ones from my Morini 3 ½ Sport have seen some action and no little neglect in their 44 years. There’s little I can do about the dents in them but if the underlying chrome is good enough, they should come up a treat if I can get the rust off. Well, there’s a chance
anyway. Italian bikes of the era aren’t exactly renowned for the quality of their finish but Moto Morini were a bit pickier than some when specifying their plating. Certainly, by comparison, it’s hard to imagine many rusty Japanese pipes from the 1970s coming up well.
We already have a few tried-and-tested techniques for removing rust but lurking around on the Practical Sportsbikes Facebook page, we’ve seen more than one mention of Harpic 10X in this context. The results looked pretty compelling too so we took a trip to Morrison’s, dropped two quid on a bottle and headed back to the workshop.
That’s little boy blue blowing his horn