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posted on July 9, 2003 10:56:42 AM new
It seems to me that is the best way to test for bakelite. Or was there an easier way? I don't think I could do the run under hot water and smell it test, I am not that sensitive to smells. And I don't want to do anything that would blemish the item.

I sent my DH out to get me some simichrome polish, but nobody knows what he is talking about. He went to Home Depot and Menards, and also to an antique shop (where he promptly rented a display case, against my will. I think $50 a month is too much).

Any suggestions?

posted on July 9, 2003 10:58:17 AM new
Any motorcycle shop will have it for sure!

posted on July 9, 2003 11:01:37 AM new
They just opened a new Harley Davidson store here... a really big one. Do you think they would carry it?

Any idea on how much it usually runs? I saw one website say it was a little expensive, but I don't have any idea what that means.

posted on July 9, 2003 11:29:17 AM new
Why don't you call the cycle shop? You can get exact answers regarding availability and price rather than estitates and guesses.
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posted on July 9, 2003 11:44:54 AM new
Any good shop should have it.
May cost as much a $5.00 a tube.

posted on July 9, 2003 11:46:43 AM new
neo- I don't have the number to the harley shop, they just opened last month. DH is in bed today, he messed up his back. I will have him stop by there tomorrow and see if they have it.


posted on July 9, 2003 12:02:38 PM new
A vintage jewelry dealer was just telling me that Dow Bathroom Cleaner, the kind with the scrubbing bubbles works too. Spray some on a q-tip, and rub the item with the q-tip. If the q-tip turns yellow, then it is supposed to be Bakelite. I haven't tried it myself, but if you had some of that kind of cleaner around, it might be worth a try. Good Luck!

posted on July 9, 2003 12:44:11 PM new
Hi, I have purchased it at Ace Hardware. I have also purchased it at a larger antique mall, they also carry furniture polish, scratch cover up etc.

posted on July 9, 2003 01:11:26 PM new
I did a web search on the word "simichrome" on Google, and it came up with over 2,000 hits (took about 3 seconds). I'm sure you can check the prices of a few of the retailers and get what you need without spending the time and gas to look all over town for it.

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posted on July 9, 2003 03:42:24 PM new
Go to a bike shop and buy a little tube!
Or get it here:

This is a good deal JUMP on it!!


[ edited by dadofstickboy on Jul 9, 2003 03:44 PM ]
posted on July 9, 2003 04:14:03 PM new
I found it at Orchard Supply Hardware. I don't remember what it cost, but it wasn't all that much.

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posted on July 10, 2003 09:55:49 AM new
There is a guy that sells simichrome on ebay. Try to do a search - if you don't find it post back and I'll look for my catalog.
I ordered from him and it was cheap and he sent a catalog free.

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