Sadly, my running boards and bumperettes had just enough rust on them (creeping under the chrome) that I had them blasted and painted. I would have left them alone if they had been salvagable. I'm not a chrome fan, anyway. I had never seen factory chromed running boards, either.
Steve H. - KE0KNH
Colo Springs, CO
'78 FJ40, '89 FJ62, '98 4Runner