Go to this site; www.unitedbikers.com- click on garage click on rapairs and modifications, look under Honda shadow ace '96 1100 and on the second page there's info on how to polish your forks up. I'm thinking about doing it this spring when it's raining and I can't go riding.
If there aren't any, I'd recommend Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. When I was getting new tires I started doing my lowers. I got one done and the shop was done so I picked up the new tires and went for a ride. I stopped at a gas station and two other guys pulled up, one on an old V45 and the other on an old 1100. We talked bikes and they noticed how shiny the one fork was compared to the other and were blown away by it. If you put the elbow grease into it they WILL look like chrome.