Gleaming with Pride

| August 02, 2001

For wheels and accessories that are frequently polished, Eagle One recommends its non-abrasive Billet Polish for aluminum and show chrome. It was designed to provide maximum depth, brilliance and a protective coating without scratching. Eagle One Mag-Chrome-Aluminum Polish is a jeweler’s rouge formula specifically designed for cleaning chrome, aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel.

Tom Clark of Fenco Truck Accessories in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, recommends applying a wax over chrome after polishing it to protect it from oxidation. A good quality paste wax is best for long-term protection, he says. The truck market has been leaning more toward stainless steel and away from chrome, Clark notes. Stainless has become more cost competitive with chrome recently.

Overall, the market for bright metal accessories and trim has increased, mostly due to the growing demand from owner-operators, Clark adds. “A lot of people are holding on to their trucks longer rather than take a beating trading them on new trucks. To make their old truck look better, they’re spending more on accessories.”

In truck beauty contests, extra chrome gets bonus points from judges. Keith Bell, an owner-operator from Arp, Texas, likes to compete with his heavily chromed 2000 Peterbilt 379 and companion Great Dane stainless steel reefer. He favors Road Dog polish to keep the metal gleaming, and he and a friend went over the rig six times, cleaning and polishing for four days leading up to the judging at a recent truck show. “There’s no secret to making a truck look good,” Bell says. “Just wipe and wipe and wipe!”

Gleaming with Pride

| August 02, 2001

For wheels and accessories that are frequently polished, Eagle One recommends its non-abrasive Billet Polish for aluminum and show chrome. It was designed to provide maximum depth, brilliance and a protective coating without scratching. Eagle One Mag-Chrome-Aluminum Polish is a jeweler’s rouge formula specifically designed for cleaning chrome, aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel.

Tom Clark of Fenco Truck Accessories in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, recommends applying a wax over chrome after polishing it to protect it from oxidation. A good quality paste wax is best for long-term protection, he says. The truck market has been leaning more toward stainless steel and away from chrome, Clark notes. Stainless has become more cost competitive with chrome recently.

Overall, the market for bright metal accessories and trim has increased, mostly due to the growing demand from owner-operators, Clark adds. “A lot of people are holding on to their trucks longer rather than take a beating trading them on new trucks. To make their old truck look better, they’re spending more on accessories.”

In truck beauty contests, extra chrome gets bonus points from judges. Keith Bell, an owner-operator from Arp, Texas, likes to compete with his heavily chromed 2000 Peterbilt 379 and companion Great Dane stainless steel reefer. He favors Road Dog polish to keep the metal gleaming, and he and a friend went over the rig six times, cleaning and polishing for four days leading up to the judging at a recent truck show. “There’s no secret to making a truck look good,” Bell says. “Just wipe and wipe and wipe!”

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