Hey everyone. Fairly new to this site. Recently purchased a vtx retro 1800. I'm not very experienced at mechanical stuff or painting, but I really wanted to make this bike mine, and do the work myself. I took the tank, fenders, and side covers off, preped them and painted them flat black (pics to come), and I thought about painting my heat shields flat black too with some high temp (1200 degree) paint, so I grabbed the prep cleaner, sand paper, and got to work. I got it cleaned, and sanded, and I was in love. the chrome all dull. It looked HARD. I didn't know if I was crazy, if it was the paint fumes or what, but I am seriously considering leaving the heat shields like that, and possibly doing my tips like that as well. And maybe other chrome peaces./ Anyone do this? any corrosion problems? I would love some input and advice. Thanks to all!!!