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Speedometer and Tachometer Covers - is there a way to clean them from rust?

I was detailing my bike on Sunday and was trying to remove rust from tach and speedometer covers. Got CLR from home depot but it did not help. Is there anything else can be done to clean it or the only way is to replace covers (which I think might be very hard to do). Please share your thoughts / experiences. Attaching photo so you can see what exactly Im talking about.
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I did electrical tape around them and then I sprayed the with Plasti-dip and they came out great. The answer to your question is no.

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I sanded the rim areas. I masked below the problem area and the glass and sprayed them with high gloss black and they looked great.

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Painting them is the way to go. Krylon "Aluminum" color paint is very close to stock color.

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I used Silver metallic on mine.

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I'm not sure what the original material is but its certain not to be real chrome. As anyone tried Chrome stickers? Its probably similar to what was original.

http://www.amazon.com/12x60Chrome-Mi...chrome+sticker

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Aluminum foil does a great job getting surface rust off of real chrome, not sure how well it works on chromed plastics.
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I'm not sure what the original material is but its certain not to be real chrome. As anyone tried Chrome stickers? Its probably similar to what was original.

http://www.amazon.com/12x60Chrome-Mi...chrome+sticker

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I could be mistaken but I think there's a lip which would cause a problem.

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I used Silver metallic on mine.
These look GREAT! There's hope. Thanks.

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I did electrical tape around them and then I sprayed the with Plasti-dip and they came out great. The answer to your question is no.
I'm familiar with the dip. Do you have pictures ...if you get a chance.

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