RE: [CR]Yet another chrome question - Raleigh Pro

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From: "David Bilenkey" <dbilenkey@sympatico.ca>
To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: RE: [CR]Yet another chrome question - Raleigh Pro
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 23:27:36 -0400
Organization: Bilenkey Industrial Design
In-Reply-To: <005801c54dfa$3b976ef0$6401a8c0@peter5x12klm15>


I'd guess that the chrome has been worn off (or was never chrome plated) and what you've got left is the nickel plate. My chrome '65 Frejus is the same around the BB shell, you can polish quite continuously and come away with a black cloth. The nickel plating is more yellow than chrome. Is there a difference in the colour of the lower fork vs. the crown?

David -- David Bilenkey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada dbilenkey@sympatico.ca


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> Pete Geurds
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> Subject: [CR]Yet another chrome question - Raleigh Pro
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>
> This is a bit different.
> The chrome on my 74 Raleigh Professional seems to dull over
> time. The lower fork and rear triangle looks a lot like dull
> aluminum. The puzzler (for me) is that when I polished it
> with "Blue Magic" metal
> polish it cleaned up pretty nicely and the rag was very
> black. This would make sense if it were aluminum I was
> polishing. Note there is no rust, no pits, no flaking or
> peeling at all.
> The fork crown doesn't have this problem.
> Any ideas on why the chrome would do this?
>
> Pete Geurds
> Douglassville, Pa