Breathing New Life Into Your Clubs: Refinishing & Restoring Chrome Plated Forged Golf Club Heads

By: Charley Stran

Whether you’re a professional golfer or an avid fan of the sport, maintaining your equipment is crucial. Chrome plated forged golf club heads, in particular, often require special attention. Their shiny, luxurious finish can deteriorate over time, becoming dull and rusty. But fear not, golf enthusiasts! We have put together a comprehensive guide on how to refinish and restore your chrome plated forged golf club heads, so they can shine anew on the greens!

Understand the Basics:

Before diving into the restoration process, it’s crucial to understand that chrome-plated forged golf club heads have a layer of chrome over the forged metal. This coating is susceptible to oxidation, scratches, and dings. Therefore, handling with care is imperative during the refinishing process.

Materials Required:

  • Soap & water
  • Soft bristle brush
  • 0000 Steel wool
  • White vinegar
  • Chrome cleaner/polish
  • Rust remover
  • Plating solution
  • Clear lacquer
  • Soft cloth or rag

Step by Step Process:

Step 1: Cleaning
Start with cleaning the golf club head using a soft bristle brush and soapy water to remove dirt, grass, and other debris. Ensure you get into the grooves and remove any embedded dirt. Rinse the club head thoroughly with clean water and dry it using a soft cloth.

Step 2: Remove Rust
If rust is present, use 0000 steel wool to gently rub the rusted area. If the rust persists, soak a cloth in white vinegar and wrap it around the rusted area for a few hours. After this, scrub the rust away gently with the steel wool.

Step 3: Polishing
Once all the rust is removed, apply a high-quality chrome cleaner/polish to the club head. Use a soft cloth to polish the chrome to a high shine, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will remove any remaining oxidation and restore the chrome's luster.

Step 4: Replating (If Necessary)
If the chrome plating is severely damaged, it may need to be replated. In such cases, consult with a professional chrome plating service. They will strip the old chrome and replate the club head with a new layer of chrome. This step is usually reserved for severely damaged club heads as it can be costly.

Step 5: Apply Clear Lacquer

After polishing or replating, apply a thin layer of clear lacquer to protect the chrome finish from the elements, ensuring longer life and lesser frequency of refinishing. Allow the lacquer to dry thoroughly before using the club.

Maintain the Shine:

  • Regular Cleaning: Regularly clean your chrome plated forged golf club heads after every game to prevent dirt accumulation and oxidation.
  • Proper Storage: Store your golf clubs in a cool, dry place to avoid moisture, which can lead to rusting.
  • Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect your golf clubs for signs of wear, scratches, or rust, and address these issues immediately to maintain the finish.


Refinishing and restoring chrome plated forged golf club heads can be a labor of love, but the rewards are well worth the effort. With a gleaming set of golf clubs, not only will you be the talk of the turf, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing your clubs are well-maintained and at peak performance. Regular maintenance and occasional refinishing will keep your clubs in optimal condition, ensuring many more enjoyable games on the greens.

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