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    Question Rust Removal Methods for Forks??

    Just curious if anyone had a good method for removing rust divots on the front forks, specifically the upper tube. I am a little concerned with taking anything abrasive to the fork tube and possibly damaging the tube. Any prove methods would be great, thanks fellas.
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    Fine wire wool, and Solvo Autosol can work well. They can be hard chromed, but it's not cheap. I had a pair of stanchions re-chromed a few months ago, it cost £170.

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    Aluminum foil and coca-cola.

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    Depending on the pitting, there may be some chrome lifting from the substrate. I used a fine whetstone to hand-grind the sharp edges back flush. You can feel the drag on the stone as it catches the edge, then it smooths out after a few strokes. I sprayed some Must-for-Rust (phosphoric acid, mostly) to get down in the pit and hopefully stop any further corrosion for a while. As a final experimental step, I filled the pits with metal epoxy and sanded that back down. Right now I can run a fingernail over the pits and it doesn't catch, so hopefully (fingers crossed) it won't trash my new fork seals too quickly.

    It's temporary at best, really. I've seen that Forking by Frank is closing down, anyone have a new solution yet?
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    Where can I find Solvo and must for rust? I have never heard of those. I havent seen either in Lowes or autozone. Walmart?
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    I just looked on ebay.com, and solvo is available for $8.55

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    My Mrs has discovered that Solvo works well on her copper kettle, so I have to hide my polishing stuff now!

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    My Mrs would have me polishing the kettle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo View Post
    My Mrs would have me polishing the kettle.
    You're both lucky, my mrs would try to chuck the kettle out and buy a new one!
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    .....Its a big old ornamental thing. She put it on my bench in the workshop with a note saying "clean me" on it. I sent it back with a note of reply. A day later, I see it shining in all its glory to find my treasured tube of Solvol squeezed from the middle with its top cross threaded.

    Rubbing lightly pitted chrome with tin foil works really well though. Wont be great for the seals on hard chromed fork stanchions, but a quick fix or bodge to brighten something up.

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