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post #1 of 7 Old 09-22-2014, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Im working on a Toro 3521 for a friend who wants to sell it. Obviously, the nicer it looks, the more we'll get out of it. Problem is the handlebars look bad. Is there a fast and easy way to clean them up, or will I be spending some time with the wire brush on my drill? I have no access to a media blaster of any kind. I have no problem painting them, but want the rust gone first.

I do have a set off an older Craftsman, are these pretty universal with the exception of auger and drive hookups?
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Looks like they are chrome plated. Some steel wool might clean them right up.

Could try this too.


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That looks awesome, I'll give the coke a try this week, thanks!
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Thanks for the tip! I'm restoring a 1978 Toro 826 with chrome handles and they have some rust. I'll give this a try.

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you can polish then up real nice and shiny. but by the end of the first use they will be all mucked up again.:eek : the only real way to fix that is to re- chrome them. then wax them up.

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Much better

Diet coke and aluminum foil. Took me all of 5 minutes! Thanks again for the help. I followed up with some steel wool, but that didnt do much
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Wow, what a difference. That worked great. Wonder how long it will last.

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