Yes it is possible to do it. Any polisher with the right mops/wheels should be able to do this.
I work for a company that manufactures/deals in stainless steel products and most are brushed finish.
It should be no problems just a bit more effort.
Remember there is no turning back.
Paul Yaffe of www.paulyaffeoriginals.com had a bike at the Easyriders show that featured brushed nickel plating, the nickel has a yellow tinge to it which looked pretty cool. similar to what you propose, except on a bobber/chopper.
heres some pics http://www.paulyaffeoriginals.com/pyo-projects-garronsmission.htm
I couldn't see why you couldnt do the same to chrome, but remember...
as 71baldboy said...there is NO turning back. If you choose to accept this assignment....this message will self destruct in 30 seconds. Good Luck Mr Phelps.
but seriously, hope it turns out bitchen...It's cool to see someone doing something different!
I took the leap and am brushing my chrome, using schotchbrite flapper wheels (180). Chuck it up in a drill and went at it. IF you scrub enough you will get into the base layer, which has been either copper or brass, if it's brass it turns a little yellow.
don't want to go back.
i wouldn't do it with flapper wheels in a drill motor it would be too hard to control. get the scotch brite pads and do it by hand. i think the blue pads are finer grit than the red pads but you should check to make sure.
I just did the scotchbrite thing on my S&S air cleaner cover. My advice, get a case of beer, a weekend that you have nothing else to do, and make sure you're pretty well ticked off at somebody or something, you'll need alot of energy.
Came out pretty nice, but took a while, just for an air cleaner cover.
Move southwest and ride the sh!t out of it in the desert or try what my halfassed stepbrother did... A pretty good if not a little inconsistant job on his Sporty by cheapin' out on a wallymart battery and overfilling it, therefor giving everything downwind a funktastic acid etched effect. The lad does nice work!
I saw Russell at Exile do this on a bike once (Discovery show). It looked great and dulled the chrome up pretty well. I was thinking about doing the same thing but don't want marks, just "flattened" chrome.