Cleaning Chrome

27 Oct

Almost two weeks ago I picked up a beautiful blond with curvy legs. OK, OK, so it was a mid-century blond maple table with beautiful chrome legs. I showed up at a random sale and the guy must have liked me (old guys tend to give “young” whipper-snappers like me who are crazy enough to be interested in old things lots of attention, and lots of deals), because he sold me his beloved table for $40. His friend who helped me remove the legs to fit in my car told me exactly how to remove the surface rust from the chrome legs, which he didn’t have to do, and I love learning new things. I had never cleaned rust off of anything before. Little did I know it is as easy as some coarse steel wool (he recommended 4x, but the highest they had at Home Depot was 3 and it worked great), a flat head screwdriver, some car wax and some elbow grease. I was amazed at how the steel wool erased the surface rust and really made these babies shine. I’ll be selling the table on Craigslist soon! Here are some before and after comparison shots. You can see the caked-up grime and rust on the feet and the spotting of the surface rust all over.

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2 Responses to “Cleaning Chrome”

  1. Kari @ Foreclosure2fabulous October 28, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    Also check out Barkeepers Friend – works wonders and would probably help out in those small cracks!

    • eshipps November 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Awesome, I’ll try it out this week!

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