Proper way to clear-coat over steel?
I'm working in restoring a 1987 Rebel 450. The battery box is a chromed steel box on the right side of the bike, like many Harleys have. The problem is that the bike was poorly stored and the chrome is all bubbled off. I was thinking I could remove all the chrome with some sanding and then polish the steel itself with wet/dry sandpaper and steel wool to get it almost mirror-like. Then maybe I could clear-coat it. It wouldn't be chrome bright, but it would still look good, I think.
The question is, how do you clear-coat that steel without using a base coat of some sort? Do they make a clear primer or something?
Anyone have experience or advice in this area?
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